The Mission of Los Abogados is to enhance the legal profession by promoting diversity, improving the quality and administration of legal services, encouraging education in the Latino community, supporting the just application of Civil Rights, and advocating for the Latino community.Become a Member
Los Abogados' first pillar is to enhance the legal profession by promoting DIVERSITY because it is imperative that our judicial system, State Bar and Supreme Court, boards and committees, and overall legal community reflect the community that they serve.
The second pillar of Los Abogados' mission is EDUCATION. Los Abogados works to encourage education in the Latino community, as that is the pathway to success.
The third pillar of Los Abogados' mission is to provide ADVOCACY for the Latino community. Los Abogados has advanced this role beyond the courtroom and into our State Capitol, the State legislature, and our State Bar to improve the quality of life for ALL in our community.
Los Abogados is Arizona's Hispanic Bar Association. Founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1988. Members of Los Abogados include private and public attorneys, judges, businesspeople, paralegals, and law students. Members practice throughout Arizona and presently serve as officers and directors of county state, and federal bar associations.
In the spring of 1968, a group of Hispanic students from Arizona State University visited the campus of Phoenix Union High School to speak to students with interests in attending the university. I was a sophomore and had a desire to attend college, so I decided to attend the meeting.
In the discussion I was asked by one of the university students what career I wanted to pursue. I responded that I wanted to be a Spanish teacher. His response was encouraging, but asked why I wanted to be a Spanish teacher. I explained that I was fluent in English and Spanish which motivated me to want to teach Spanish to English speakers. I had completed two Spanish courses and my Hispanic teachers were inspirational role models.
The student commented that I should also consider a career as a doctor, lawyer or an engineer. I nodded my head with approval not really understanding what it would take to pursue one of those career paths. The only lawyer and doctor I knew about at the time were television characters Perry Mason and Ben Casey. The conversation with the ASU student changed the course of my lifeRead More
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