La Raza Centro Legal Attorneys Recognized in 2020 as Leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area Legal Community

At La Raza Centro Legal, our attorneys are legal experts in their fields who frequently present to the legal community, partner agencies,  law students and undergraduate students, and to the clients we serve.  We take pride in our passionate advocacy on behalf of our clients’ civil and human rights.   The expertise our lawyers have acquired while representing clients, have led them to be recognized in northern California as attorney trainers.  They have led Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, as well as other types of presentations, in a variety of forums.  Here is a brief review of our attorneys’ recent CLEs, honors, and professional leadership posts: 

  • On October 6, Workers Rights Program attorney Alejandra Cuestas-Jaimes, presented to workers, in conjunction with Excelsior Works, PODER, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Communities United for Health and Justice, in several Facebook Live Events, on the topic of Workers’ Rights in California.   
  • In September, Immigration Attorney Pilar Eslava and Executive Director Amanda Alvarado Ford presented to an honor sorority of pre-law students at University of San Francisco (USF), in a Virtual Conversation with Immigration Attorneys 
  • On 10/26, Removal Defense immigration attorney Marcos Pacheco presented as part of a USF Student Immigration Law Association Panel on the topic, “Working in Immigration during COVID 19”.  It was moderated by USF Professor Heidi Ho and attorney panelists included SF Public Defender attorney Carla Gomez and Purves & Bogue LLP attorney Dorothy Ma.   
  • On November 18, Marcos Pacheco presented a CLE as part of a panel presentation, through PLI with other expert attorneys, on the topic: Updates to Representing Unaccompanied Children in California.   
  • On October 29, agency director Amanda Alvarado Ford presented to Latinx Studies Professor Michael De Anda Muniz, Ph.D.’s  undergraduate SFSU Latinx Studies course entitled Organizing, Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Community Organizations, and provided a behind the scenes look at “Legal Aid and the Public Interest Lawyer”.   
  • Elder Law staff attorney Deanna DeCosimo received an award of excellence and honoring her public service work, on 10/29, commending her work representing clients who are low-income in conjunction with the Justice and Diversity Center at the California State Bar.  
  • Executive Director Amanda Alvarado Ford is the Chapter Chair Emeritus, American Immigration Lawyers Association Santa Clara Valley Chapter 2018-19, and presented at the 2019 AILA California Chapters Conference on the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as the “Remain in Mexico” Policy. 

These awards, recognitions, and leadership posts demonstrate that at La Raza Centro Legal, our lawyers’ work product exemplifies a commitment to legal excellence.  Our team of attorneys is consistently recognized for being top performers in their specialties.  We celebrate their achievements and appreciate their valuable contributions to our community legal aid office.