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Celebrate Latinas in the Legal Profession During Hispanic Heritage Month! 


This year marks the 27th anniversary of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), a month-long recognition of the many contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to the United States.  Please share in this special annual tribute by attending the Latina Lawyers Bar Association (“LLBA”) annual dinner on October 16 at the Biltmore.  The LLBA will be honoring Cindy Lopez with the Francisca Flores Community Service Award, Jennifer Trusso with the Mary V. Orozco Abriendo Caminos Award, and Felicia Escobar Carrillo with the Luminaria Award.  

Cindy Lopez

Francisca Flores Community Service Award

Award Criteria

1.            A Latina who epitomizes the spirit, tenacity and vision of Francisca Flores.

2.            Demonstrated commitment to Latina/o community

3.            Notable accomplishment


Cindy Lopez has been a Deputy Attorney General since 1985.  She began in criminal trial and appellate work and for the past several years has been prosecuting doctors and other health care professionals in malpractice cases.  Cindy sits on the MOSTE (Motivating Our Students Through Experience) Board of Directors.  MOSTE is an organization that assists young girls from underserved communities through mentorship at the middle school, high school, and college level.  Cindy currently oversees the POST MOSTE program which focuses on supporting students once they get to college.  Cindy has selflessly given her time and energy into helping young women achieve their potential. She is an unsung hero; one who does so much for our community.  In 2009, Cindy was honored as "woman of distinction" by La Opinion's Mujeres Destacadas Awards.  Cindy was nominated by MOSTE for her creation and unflagging commitment to the high-school program that helps our students get into college.

Jennifer A. Trusso

Mary V. Orozco Abriendo Caminos Award

Award Criteria

1.            Latina

2.            Lawyer

3.            Highly accomplished

4.            Prominent position (in law, politics, business, policy, government, or academics)

5.            Notable achievement in the law (honoree made law, published an important article/study, successfully represented an unpopular cause, or removed barriers)

6.            Contribution to profession (and/or) community (in any of these fields: social justice/legal services, immigration, women's rights, children's rights, language rights, education, economic justice, housing, civil rights, labor rights, business, philanthropy, politics, or academic/legal scholarship)

7.            Enjoys “first” status


Jennifer Trusso is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group in Sheppard Mullin’s Orange County office.  Jennifer focuses her practice on patent litigation and strategic counseling on patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters.  While raising a family, Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she graduated cum laude and is a member of the Order of the Coif.  Jennifer was the first person in her family to graduate from high school and college. Besides her professional achievements, Jennifer has a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of Latinos and women in the legal industry.  She has been an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) since 2007.   Jennifer has been a key contributor to launching these HNBA pipeline programs: the HNBA/MetLife National Mentorship Program, the HNBA/Microsoft IPLI, and the HNBA’s Law School Sí Se Puede Program.  Besides Jennifer’s extensive involvement within the HNBA, she has a record of leadership outside the HNBA.  She serves on her firm’s Latin American Team where she provides specialized legal representation to Hispanic-Latino owned companies and is dedicated to the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession.  Jennifer also serves on her firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Women Attorneys Leadership Council, Diversity Inclusion Attorney Network and is a co-leader of the firm’s Women’s Lawyer Group for the Orange County office.  Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles.  She has two sons Neil (21 years old) and Anthony (15 years old), a fantastic fiancé Gabe Salinas and two beautiful soon to be step-daughters Emma (13 years old) and Tessa (7 years old).

Felicia Escobar Carrillo

Luminaria Award

Award Criteria

1.            Lifetime achievements

2.            Has provided service to others

3.            Has performed ground-breaking work


Felicia Escobar Carrillo is the Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy. In this role, Felicia develops the President’s strategy for building a 21st century immigration system. This work involves coordinating efforts across the Executive branch to strengthen the current system and working toward passage of meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Felicia previously served on U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s legislative team, working with him to develop his legislative agenda on a host of issues including labor, civil rights, judicial nominations and immigration. Felicia advised Senator Salazar during the comprehensive immigration reform debates of 2006 and 2007 in which Senator Salazar was a key member of the bipartisan group pressing for reform. Prior to this, Felicia was Associate Director of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. In this role, Felicia helped cultivate relationships between Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and key stakeholder groups, including Latino, immigration and education advocacy groups. Felicia started her career as a State Policy Analyst working for the National Council of La Raza. She represented NCLR and its network of affiliates in the Texas State Legislature, testifying before legislative committees to advocate for education, immigrant access to benefits, and hate crimes legislation. Felicia is a native of San Antonio, TX. She received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.