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Diana Lopez Appointed President of HBA

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A message from Mayte Santacruz, 2013 President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County:

457Diana Lopez is the HBA’s third Wally Davis Scholar to become the organization’s President. A testament to the HBA’s founders and leaders’ vision, Diana represents everything our Wally Davis Scholarship was meant to celebrate: perseverance, talent and an unparalleled sense of justice in her practice of law.

Born and raised in Santa Ana, the first of four to immigrant parents, Diana has demonstrated that with resilience and determination, dreams do come true. Diana’s dream of becoming a lawyer goes back years from participating in the Valley High School Mock Trial Team to making this dream a reality in 2009 upon graduating from Chapman University School of Law. Diana received the Wally Davis Scholarship in 2008, during her third year. Today, Diana manages her own firm, Lopez Law Corporation, working tirelessly to represent the interests of her under-served clients.

A trailblazer herself, Diana embodies this year’s Installation and Fundraiser Dinner theme Honoring Our Trailblazers by Advancing Our Dreamers. Like Diana, who became the first member of her family to graduate from college and become an attorney, this year’s honorees have pioneered their own path. The list of honorees includes Luis Rodriguez, first Latino State Bar President (Attorney of the Year) and Diane Nordby, first female HBA President (Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award). This year Dinner’s Keynote Speaker, Sergio Garcia, has become the first undocumented immigrant to be licensed to practice law in California. Diana is proud to share the stage with these extraordinary honorees who have fought long and hard, at times against extraordinary circumstances, to achieve their dreams.

Diana is excited about the year ahead. “I am excited to work alongside our longtime friends and the Orange County legal and civic community to make 2014 another great year for the HBA, and one where I hope the HBA is more visible on important social issues that affect our Latino community in Orange County,” she said. “Please join us on March 1st at our Installation Dinner where we will honor four outstanding leaders and members of our community and award an unprecedented $40,000 in scholarships to four deserving Latino law students-who I hope continue the lineage of Wally Davis Scholars that become leaders of the HBA and our local community at large.”

Please join me in welcoming our new President, Diana Lopez. We look forward to seeing the HBA continue to grow and be the vibrant organization it is today with Diana at the helm.

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