Lorenzo Patino Banquet

Lorenzo Patiño Awards Banquet
33rd Annual Patiño Banquet
In its 33rd year, this event is held annually to honor one of UC Davis School of Law's distinguished Latino graduates, the Lorenzo Patiño Awards Banquet is always one of the most anticipated events of the year at the Law School.

The event honors the late Lorenzo Patiño '73, whose career exemplified the commitment to diversity and public service that defines King Hall. Patiño was a highly respected leader in Sacramento's Latino community who dedicated countless hours of service to helping the less fortunate. Patiño was one of the first Mexican-Americans appointed to the Municipal Court of Sacramento, and a co-founder of the University of Northern California School of Law, an institution dedicated to providing a low-cost legal education for working people. Though his time as an attorney, jurist, and community activist was cut tragically short, he had an enormous impactenough to prompt La Raza member Miguel Martin '84 to found the Patiño Banquet in his honor.

In addition to paying tribute to the legacy of Lorenzo Patiño, the banquet also honors La Raza's graduating students. The Patiño Award will be presented to one student who exemplifies extraordinary service and dedication, not only to the Latino community, but the legal community at large.

Keynote Speaker: John TrasviñaDean of the University of San Francisco School of Law
  John Trasviña

Dean Trasviña was the assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dean Trasviña was appointed by President Obama in 2009, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He led more than 580 employees in 43 offices across the country to enforce the nation’s fair housing laws. Previously, he served as president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where he oversaw six litigation and policy offices across the country, expanded services, and significantly increased fundraising efforts. 

Past Keynote Speakers

Cruz Reyenoso, Former California Supreme Court Justice, Professor of Law Emeritus UC Davis SOL("King Hall")
Ramona E. Romero, US Department of Agriculture General Counsel
Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
Consuelo Maria Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Arturo J. Gonzalez, Morrison & Foerster, Co-Chair of Litigation Department