The festivities were capped with the presentation of the first Latino Law Student Association Scholarship to Hamline Law Student Luis Morales
It was standing room only on Saturday, March 8 as nearly 200 people joined to celebrate Hamline University School of Law's Latino/a community and the presentation of the first LLSA scholarship to student Luis Morales (left), whom Dean Garon described as "an example of the very best Hamline has to offer."
Dean Garon also paid tribute to former Hamline students Gloria Eden, Melissa Lopez and Lupe Perez who were pivotal in the establishment of Juris Fiesta and the LLSA scholarship fund. "It was their vision and dedication to encouraging future Latino law students that led to this important scholarship. LLSA, architects of Juris Fiesta, also is the first student group to launch a national event at Hamline. This is an impressive accomplishment the entire Hamline community is proud to support," he said.
The festivities included recognition of outstanding members of Hamline's Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) by Professor Tom Romero (far right), including LLSA executive board members Dulce Mendoza, Pam Martin, Sophie Mills, Jess Reimer and Greta Bauer. Professor Romero wished good luck to this year's LLSA-endorsed Hispanic National Bar Association team who recently traveled to New York for the competition. Those students -- Bethany Clark, Luis Morales and Hannah Gallegos - were coached by Hamline LLSA alumnus Michael Heise.
"The Latino Law Student Association has built into this event a special recognition of its key allies and supporters over the course of their tenures here at the law school. This year, the LLSA Board has chosen to recognize Deepa Patel (above) for all of her leadership and support," Professor Romero announced.