Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) to Host 55th Annual Installation of Officers and Awards Gala

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The Mexican American Bar Association will be hosting their 55th Annual Installation of Officers and Awards Gala on Saturday, February 7, 2015 with special guests Kamala Harris and California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.

Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County

Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) of Los Angeles County will install new officers and recognize the service of community activists and leaders at its 55th annual celebration.

Kamala Harris, the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office of Attorney General of the State of California, will deliver remarks to the sold out crowd of nearly 600 people. California Supreme Justice, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, the first Latino immigrant appointed to the State’s highest court, will deliver the Keynote Address. MABA will also honor Sonia Mercardo, longtime MABA member and civil rights attorney; Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo; Attorney and founding member of MABA Manuel Hidalgo; and Norma Nava and Misty Sanford of For People of Color Inc.

This year, MABA makes history as it will install Cindy Pánuco, of Norwalk, CA, as its 2015 President. Ms. Pánuco will be the 15th woman, in the organization’s 55 year history, to lead as its President. She is also the first woman civil rights, employment and human rights attorney ever elected to the post by its membership. MABA has traditionally been led by criminal law, and immigration practitioners. MABA’s President-elect, Maria Ramirez, is the first Latina to hold a position of Head Deputy in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The MABA 55th Annual Installation of Officers and Awards Gala will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, located at 506 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071, on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The cocktail reception begins at 5:00 p.m. with dinner and the awards ceremony to follow. The Mistress of Ceremonies this year will be Telemundo News Anchor Dunia Elvir.

The MABA 55th Annual Installation of Officers and Awards Gala is open to the public. For more information, contact MABA Administrator, Maria Torres, at (213) 749-2889 or via email at mabalaco (at) sbcglobal (dot) net. You may also contact MABA Installation Committee Member Judy Perez at (323) 683-6875 or judyperezlaw (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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