Law Fellows News

February 2014 - Leo Trujillo-Cox '97 and Norma Nava '05 Chosen as La Raza Alumni of the Year

February 21, 2014 -- Leo Trujillo-Cox ’97, executive director of academic outreach and development and associate director of admissions for UCLA School of Law, and Norma Nava ’05, an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lim, Ruger & Kim LLP, have been chosen to receive the 2014 La Raza Alumni of the Year Award. They will be presented with the award, which recognizes the accomplishments of distinguished Latino/as in the legal profession, at the Annual Raza Alumni Dinner on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The dinner brings La Raza alumni together with students, who have the opportunity to learn about graduates’ experiences in various areas of the law.,/p>

Mr. Trujillo-Cox’s commitment to ensuring academic equity, educational access and excellence in legal education led him to found the Academic Outreach Resource Center at UCLA Law, which is best known for its groundbreaking Law Fellows Program. Now entering its 17th year, the Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. Close to 1,300 students have participated; and to date, nearly 550 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled at law schools across the country. Mr. Trujillo-Cox has served the Law School Admission Council as a member of the Minority Affairs Subcommittee on New Initiatives, the Pipeline Models Conference Planning Committee, the Diversity Committee and as chair of the Latino Issues Subcommittee. He has also served as a founding board member of a Los Angeles public charter school, which educates K–8 students through an arts and music based curriculum, emphasizing academic excellence, diversity and ecological and social responsibility.

Ms. Nava, who was a member of the Law Fellows Program in 2001 and served as managing editor of UCLA Law’s Chicano/a-Latino/a Law Review, has a broad-based litigation practice with a focus on commercial real estate litigation, unfair business practices and contract litigation. She was the recipient of the 2005 Hewlett Foundation/American Bar Association Environmental Justice Fellowship that funded her work on environmental litigation projects throughout the Los Angeles area. Prior to joining Lim Ruger, Ms. Nava was a legal fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union where she worked on civil rights appellate advocacy in both state and federal courts.

This is the third year in a row that a Law Fellow has been named one of La Raza’s Alumni of the Year. Devon Rios ’09 and Gladis Molina ’06 were recognized in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

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December 2013 - UCLA Law Fellows Program Receives Funding to Continue Expansion of Program in California’s Central Valley

December 20, 2013 -- ​The UCLA Law Fellows Program, which prepares high-potential undergraduate students and college graduates from diverse backgrounds for careers in law, has received funding from the California State Bar Foundation to continue the expansion of the Law Fellows Program in California’s Central Valley. Initial funding from the foundation established the pilot UCLA Law Fellows Program-Central Valley (LFP-CV) in spring 2013. The success of the initiative confirmed the viability of replicating the Law Fellows Program at various sites throughout the state.

In the initial year, 25 fellows were selected for the LFP-CV through a rigorous application process. Two full-day Saturday Academies were held at the University of California, Merced. They offered academic enrichment through law school‐level instruction, and featured programmatic components including a mock class taught by law faculty members, panel discussions with practicing attorneys, workshops on law school admissions, personal statements, financial aid and networking skills, and an LSAT overview.

The LFP-CV is facilitated by UCLA Law’s Academic Outreach Resource Center, under the leadership of Founding Executive Director Leo Trujillo-Cox and Associate Director Tony Tolbert. The continuing program will help equip Central Valley students with information and resources aimed at increasing their competiveness for admission to law school with the long-term goal of expanding the delivery of legal services in the Central Valley.

Now entering its 17th year, the Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. Close to 1,300 students have participated; and to date, nearly 550 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled at law schools across the country. More than 300 fellows have attended or are attending California law schools. Fellows have also received positions with many prestigious law firms and other organizations across the nation. In addition, more than 200 fellows have either completed graduate programs or are currently enrolled.

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July 2013 - Law professors honored for their work helping people of color (UCLA Today)

July 18, 2013 - Leo Trujillo-Cox (left), founding executive director of the Law Fellows Program and Tony Tolbert, longtime associate director, were honored July 12 for their professional achievements by For People of Color, Inc. (FPOC). Trujillo-Cox received the "Trailblazer Award" and Tolbert received the "Community Service Award" at the organization’s "A Night Out with FPOC" event, which was held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

The Law Fellows Program engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession. The program is in its 16th year and is nationally recognized as the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiative in legal education.

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July 2013 - Leo Trujillo-Cox and Tony Tolbert to Be Honored by For People of Color, Inc.

July 5, 2013--The Law Fellows Program’s Founding Executive Director Leo Trujillo-Cox and long-time Associate Director Tony Tolbert will be honored for their professional achievements by For People of Color, Inc. (FPOC). Leo will receive the “Trailblazer Award” and Tony will receive the “Community Service Award” at the organization’s “A Night Out with FPOC” event, which will be held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The Law Fellows Program, which engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession, is now in its 16th year and is nationally recognized as the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiative in legal education.

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July 2012 - Law Fellows Program Receives State Bar of California 2012 Education Pipeline Award

July 30, 2012 – UCLA School of Law’s Law Fellows Program has received the 2012 Education Pipeline Award from the State Bar of California. The award recognizes exceptional efforts of law-related educational programs that prepare and encourage students to become interested in the judicial system and careers in the law.

The Law Fellows program was nominated for this honor by UCLA Law alumni Anthony Solana ’04 and Norma Nava ’05. An awards reception will be held on October 13, 2012 in Monterey, California.

The Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. Leo Trujillo-Cox, executive director of academic outreach and development and associate director of admissions and recruitment, is instructor of the program, which is now in its 15th year. It engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession.

Close to 1,200 students from dozens of undergraduate institutions have participated in the program. To date, nearly 450 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled, with almost 300 fellows attending California law schools. Law Fellows have also received positions with many prestigious law firms and organizations.

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July 2013 - Leo Trujillo-Cox and Tony Tolbert to Be Honored by For People of Color, Inc.

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LOS ANGELES, CA, April 18, 2013—The UCLA Law Fellows Program, which prepares high-potential undergraduate students and college graduates from diverse backgrounds for careers in law, has received a California Bar Foundation grant to launch a pilot Law Fellows Program in California’s Central Valley. The UCLA Law Fellows Program-Central Valley (LFP-CV) will equip Central Valley students with information and resources aimed at increasing their competiveness for admission to law school.

In the initial year, 25 fellows will be selected through a rigorous application process. Two full-day Saturday Academies will be held at the University of California, Merced; the first will be held on April 20, 2013 and the second will be held on June 22, 2013. The Academies will offer academic enrichment through law school‐level instruction, and will feature programmatic components including a mock class taught by law faculty members, workshops on law school admissions, personal statements, financial aid and networking skills, and an LSAT overview. Additionally, practicing attorneys from the local legal community will provide insight into their respective practice areas and will share their personal, academic and professional experiences. The program will also include a visit to UCLA, hosted by UCLA Law’s 2013 Diversity Admissions Open House.

According to University of California, Merced Lecturer Mark T. Harris, who also advises the UC Merced Law Clinic, Pre-Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta chapter: “Our entire campus community is thrilled to welcome the participants in the inaugural UCLA Law Fellows Program-Central Valley. The residents of the Central Valley have a huge unmet need relative to the delivery of comprehensive legal services at a reasonable price. UC Merced has a strong commitment to legal education. We have a fully functioning pre-law society; a student run law clinic; and most recently, a chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, the national law fraternity. We hope this weekend’s workshops and activities are merely the start of what will prove to be a long-term relationship between UCLA School of Law and UC Merced.”

The LFP-CV will be implemented by UCLA Law’s Academic Outreach Resource Center, under the leadership of Founding Executive Director Leo Trujillo-Cox and Associate Director Tony Tolbert,

“We are excited for this opportunity to expand the UCLA Law Fellows Program, and look forward to working with UC Merced to engage a wide variety of students and encourage them to apply to and attend law school,” Leo Trujillo-Cox said. “California’s Central Valley is one of the fastest growing regions of the state, but it is also one of the most underserved. The LFP-CV will play an important role in helping to increase the pool of attorneys and expand the delivery of legal services in the Central Valley.”

Now in its 16th year, the Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. By demystifying the law school experience and exposing participants to the practice of law, the program seeks to diversify the law school applicant pool, enhance participants’ competitiveness for admission to law school and facilitate entry into the profession. Close to 1,200 students have participated, and to date, nearly 500 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled at law schools across the country. More than 300 fellows have or are attending California law schools. Fellows have also received positions with many prestigious organizations across the nation.

About UCLA School of Law
Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law is the youngest major law school in the nation and has established a tradition of innovation in its approach to teaching, research and scholarship. With approximately 100 faculty and 1,100 students, the school pioneered clinical teaching, is a leader in interdisciplinary research and training and is at the forefront of efforts to link research to its effects on society and the legal profession. For more information, visit www.law.ucla.edu.

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February 2013 - UCLA Law Fellows Program Honored with Alexander Award for Diversity Efforts (aba NOW)

February 2013 - Leo Trujillo-Cox, executive director of academic outreach and development at UCLA’s Law Fellows Program, discusses the preparatory program for diverse students, which was awarded the 2013 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas. The award is given annual by the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.

From ABA News.

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January 2013 - UCLA Law Fellows Program to Receive the American Bar Association's 2013 Alexander Award

January 16, 2013 -- UCLA School of Law’s Law Fellows Program will be honored with the 2013 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. The Alexander Award honors individuals and organizations demonstrating success working along the educational pipeline in a collaborative approach involving more than one segment of the continuum, from preschool to high school to college to law school to the practice. The award will be presented to the Law Fellows Program’s Founding Executive Director, Leo Trujillo-Cox, at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting in Dallas, Texas on Friday, February 8, 2013.

Three UCLA Law alumni were instrumental in the program’s selection for this honor. Ireneo A. Reus, III ’04 nominated the Law Fellows Program for the award, and Cheryl M. Lott ’04 and Diego Cartagena ’03, both Law Fellows Program participants, wrote letters of support.

The Law Fellows Program, which engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession, is now in its 16th year and is nationally recognized as the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiative in legal education.

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November 2012 - Leo Trujillo-Cox, Tony Tolbert and UCLA Law Fellows Program to be Honored by Mexican American Bar Association

​November 26, 2012 -- Leo Trujillo-Cox, Tony Tolbert and the UCLA Law Fellows Program will be honored with the Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award by the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA). The award is given annually to individuals for their outstanding community service. Past recipients of the award include Luz E. Herrera, president and co-founder of Community Lawyers, Inc. and Eddie “El Piolin” Sotello, radio personality and immigrant rights advocate.

The Law Fellows Program’s Founding Executive Director, Leo Trujillo-Cox, and its long-time Associate Director, Tony Tolbert, will receive the award at the organization’s 53rd Annual Gala & Installation Dinner, which will be held on February 16, 2013 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The Law Fellows Program, which engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession is now in its 15th year and is nationally recognized as the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education.

The event will also feature the installation of MABA President-Elect Elizabeth P. Uribe, a 1999-2000 Law Fellow. “There are a number of past participants on our Board and in our general membership. There is no doubt that the UCLA Law Fellows Program was instrumental in our success of attaining our educational goals,” Uribe said.

MABA, the largest Latina/Latino bar association in the nation, is committed to the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession and the empowerment of the Latino community through service and advocacy.

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August 2012 - Academic Outreach Resource Center Receives Gift in Support of Current and Former Foster Youth

August 29, 2012 -- The Academic Outreach Resource Center has received a gift of $25,000 in support of current and former foster youth at UCLA who have participated in the law school’s Law Fellows Program. The gift establishes the Edelstein Law Scholars Fund to provide foster students with the necessary resources to excel in their undergraduate studies and increase their academic competitiveness for admission to law school.

The fund will enable the Law Fellows Program to provide eligible students with private tutoring for the LSAT and to develop a range of support initiatives with UCLA’s Bruin Guardian Scholars Program, aimed at serving this underrepresented student population. These efforts will help to increase the representation of former foster youth in law school and within the legal profession.

The fund was created by Susan B. Edelstein, executive director of UCLA TIES for Families, in honor of Ms. Edelstein’s late husband and UCLA Law alumnus, Gerald Edelstein ’66.

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August 2012 - State Bar of California honors UCLA's Law Fellows Program (UCLA Today)

August 27, 2012 - UCLA School of Law’s Law Fellows Program has received the 2012 Education Pipeline Award from the State Bar of California. The award recognizes exceptional efforts of law-related educational programs that prepare and encourage students to become interested in the judicial system and careers in the law.

An awards reception will be held on Oct. 13 in Monterey, Calif.

The Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. Leo Trujillo-Cox, executive director of academic outreach and development and associate director of admissions and recruitment, is instructor of the program, which is now in its 15th year. It engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession.

Close to 1,200 students from dozens of undergraduate institutions have participated in the program. To date, nearly 450 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled, with almost 300 fellows attending California law schools. Law Fellows have also received positions with many prestigious law firms and organizations.

From UCLA Today.

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