Lorenzo Patino Banquet

Lorenzo Patiño Awards Banquet
32nd Annual Patiño Banquet
In its 32nd 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: Marcela M. Ruiz - Deputy Director Legal Services and Operations Initiatives, California Rural Legal Assistance , Inc.

Patino Speaker 2014

Marcela Ruiz is the Deputy Director of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) office. Ms. Ruiz joined CRLA in 2006 as a Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow to launch the Low-Wage Workers’ Project in the Stockton office of CRLA. Through the project, Ms. Ruiz established wage and hour clinics for low-wage workers in San Joaquin County and expanded basic services and representation of non-agricultural workers. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ruiz was a union organizer with HERE, Local 6 in New York where she organized hundreds of hotel workers. Ms. Ruiz also co-founded Casa México in New York, a non-profit community center that provided services and led advocacy efforts for undocumented Mexican workers. Ms. Ruiz received her law degree from Berkeley Law School and her undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

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