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Las Vegas Latino Bar Association helps upcoming lawyers

Video Credit: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas - Duration: 02:49s - Published
Las Vegas Latino Bar Association helps upcoming lawyers

Las Vegas Latino Bar Association helps upcoming lawyers

Over the past few years, the Latino Bar Association has had women presidents who have broken barriers representing the Hispanic community.

Their passion for making a difference has brought them together at the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association.

They all feel it's their duty to not only raise awareness of the issues that affect the Latino community but also to give back and help those who are in the same position they were in years ago.

Programs like Andale and Huellas help raise funds for scholarships and also help mentor law students before, during and after their graduation in a field where Hispanics are a minority.

MONTH"... AND....ALL MONTH LONG....13 ACTION NEWS WILL BEHIGHLIGHTING.....THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY ANDTHEIR INFLUENCE....IN SOCIETY.TODAY -- WE SHOW YOU A LOCALGROUP THAT HELPS BRINGDIVERSITY TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM.13 ACTION NEWS REPORTER.....ASTRID MENDEZ GIVES A LOOK.....AT THE WORK....THAT "THE LATINO BARASSOCIATION" DOES.....TO SUPPORT....ASPRING LATIN LAWYERS.OVER THE LAST YEARS, THE LATINOBAR ASSOCIATION HAVE HAD WOMENPRESIDENTS, WHO HAVE BROKENBARRIERS TO REPRESENT THEHISPANIC COMMUNITY AND HAVE AVOICE IN OUR VALLEY.WOMAN LATINA..LAWYER WORDS THAT DEFINETHESE THREE WOMEN.THEY'RE THE FIRST TO GRADUATEIN THEIR FAMILIES AND THE FIRSTTO BECOME LAWYERS." I WAS FIRST GENERATION ANDTHIS WAS THE ORGANIZATION THATOPEN THE DOORS TO GETTING TOKNOW OTHER PROMINENT LATINOLAWYERS IN THE STATE.THEY ALL FEEL IT'S THEIR DUTYTO NOT ONLY RAISE AWARENESS OFTHE ISSUES THAT AFFECT THELATINO COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO TOGIVE BACK AND HELP THOSE WHOARE IN THE SAME POSITION THEYWERE IN YEARS AGO." ESPECIIILY HERE IN LAS VEGASWE HAVE A LOT OF LATINOCHILDREN WHO HAVE A LOT OFPOTENTIAL, WHO ARE INTELLIGENT,WHO ARE HARD WORKING, BUT IFTHEY DON'T SEE SOMEONE IN ACERTAIN POSITION, IS HARD FORTHEM TO VISUALIZE THEM DOINGTHAT." PROGRAMS LIKE "ANDALE"AND "HUELLAS" HELP TO RAISEFUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS ANDMENTOR LAW STUDENTS BEFORE,DURING AND AFTER THEIRGRADUATION--- IN A FIELD WHEREHISPANICS ARE A SMALL MINORITY" FEMALE LATINA ATTORNEYS AREONLY 2 PERCENT OF THE TOTALATTORNEY POPULATION, SO WE'REACTUALLY THE MOSTUNDERREPRESENTED DEMOGRAPHICGROUP SO I THINK THERE IS A LOTOF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT."JUDGE CRISTINA SILVA CREDITSPART OF HER SUCCESS IN BEINGAPPOINTED TO THE BENCH ISBECAUSE OF THE SUPPORT FROM THELATINO BAR ASSOCIATION.SILVA SAYS SHE'S WHERE SHE ISTODAY BECAUSE OF THE VALUESTHAT HER FAMILY IN EL PASOTAUGHT HER--- HARD WORK,RESILIENCE AND EMPATHY." DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAMEFROM ..SO, A LITTLE EMOTIONAL BUT ISINCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO CARRYTHOSE VALUESDON'T GIVE UP.PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU ALL THETIME, IT'S TOO HARD, IT'S TOODIFFICULT, YOU CAN'T DO IT,YOU;RE NOT SMART ENOUGH, YOU'RENOT STRONG ENOUGH, YOU'RE TOOLITTLE FILL IN THE BLANK THEDESCRIPTION THAT THEY GIVE, YOUKEEP ON GOING "THE LATINO BAR ASSOCIATIONHOPES TO CONTINUE TO HELP LAWSTUDENTS IN THEIR CAREERS ANDEMPOWERED HISPANICS IN OURVALLEY TO REPRESENT THECOMMUNITYDRONES WILL DELIVER COVID 19




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