December 2020 Newsletter
Holiday Party this Thursday, December 17

Join us for our annual EBLRLA Holiday Party, desde casa, from home this year!

Bring your favorite holiday drink and party swag. We’ll have games, including a virtual, family-friendly scavenger hunt! We have so much to celebrate in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you will join us, even if just for un ratito, a litte bit.  

When: Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6:00 –⁠ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Virtually via Zoom

Two EBLRLA Members Will Join the Alameda County Superior Court Bench
We are beyond thrilled to share that two of our members are joining the Alameda County Superior Court as judges: Elena Condes and David Pereda.

Elena (pictured left) won the race for judge this past November 3 election. She was the first Latinx judicial candidate to ever run in Alameda County. Elena will also be the Latina lesbian to serve on the Alameda County bench. 

David (pictured right) was appointed to serve as a judge in the Alameda County Superior Court by Governor Newsom on December 8.

We are so proud of Elena and David and their individual journeys to the bench. Elena and David embody our mission of expanding legal access to our communities and increasing our representation in the judiciary. Please join us in congratulating Elena and David! 
EBLRLA Member Spotlight: Manuel Ugarte Jr.
Manuel Ugarte Jr. is managing attorney at Landerholm Immigration, APC. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in History from UC Santa Barbara. He also studied abroad at Lancaster University in England.

Manuel received his Juris Doctor from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. He is currently licensed in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Manuel joined the EBLRLA Board of Directors in 2018 and was elected to serve as Treasurer this year. 

Hometown: Riverside, California
Attorney Since: 2012
Favorite Book: I recently enjoyed Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
Favorite Food: Sopes de chorizo con papa with a frijoles refritos base topped off with lettuce, sour cream, queso fresco, y una salsa picante.
Favorite Music: I enjoy romantic Spanish ballads and Mexican rancheras. I am not the best singer, but definitely partake at social gatherings. ¡Ajuaaa!

What inspired you to enter the law profession? 
There are so many things that influenced my decision to become a lawyer. Growing up as a first-generation American and frequently traveling to Mexico to see my extended family, the differences in government, society, rulemaking, and politics were palpable. It piqued my interest in law at a young age. I have always been one to challenge the status quo and believe that despite its flaws, we can use the law to improve society. Also, my father was a gardener and I helped him cut grass whenever I was not in school or shooting hoops. I wanted to join a prestigious profession where I could obtain financial security and make an impact without working outside in the extreme heat.
Donate Professional Clothes
  • Donate professional clothes to UC Hastings Dress for Success initiative to help struggling law students obtain professional clothing for interviews and jobs through January. Donation drop-offs:
    • December 18 at 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco during business hours
    • Or schedule a pick-up via email to Laura Wondratschek
¡Felices Fiestas! Happy Holidays! 

María D. Dominguez & Susana Gonzales, Co-Presidents
on behalf of all the EBLRLA Board of Directors
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