OHBA's 12th Annual Award Dinner

February 16, 2018 | 5:30 PM
The Sentinel Hotel - Portland, OR

Our guest speaker will be the Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California. Our Paul J. De Muniz award winner is the Honorable Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta of the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, and our La Voz Latina award winner is the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.

Entree choices:

  • Mushroom Duxelle Stuffed Chicken: Panko Crusted Boneless Chicken Breast Stuffed with Mushroom Duxelle, Served with Creamy Farro Risotto & Rosemary Sage Cream Sauce
  • Jake’s Classic Stuffed Salmon (GF): Stuffed with Brie Cheese, Dill, Dungeness Crab & Oregon Bay Shrimp, Served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables, Topped with Citrus Cream Sauce
  • Red & White Quinoa Pilaf (GF/Vegan): Seared Tofu, Garbanzo Beans, Roasted Root Vegetables, Lemon, and Balsamic Onions, Served in an Acorn Squash with Butternut Squash Puree

To discuss more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Samuel Hernandez at Samuel.Hernandez@klgates.com.

You can purchase tickets for the event here.



Hon. Gonzalo P. Curiel  
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Hon. Gonzalo P. Curiel is a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Curiel was born in East Chicago, Indiana in 1953 and was the youngest of four children. His parents Salvador and Francisca, both immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico, were naturalized citizens. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in 1979. 

He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California from 1989 to 2002, and in the Central District of California from 2002 to 2006. While in the Southern District, he served as Deputy Chief (1996-1999) and then Chief (1999-2002) of the Narcotics Enforcement Division. During his tenure with the Narcotics Enforcement Division, Curiel was the lead attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and oversaw and managed the investigation of the Arellano Felix Drug Trafficking Organization. 

Then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Curiel in 2006 to the state superior court, where he spent six years before ascending to the federal court. President Barack Obama nominated Curiel to the federal district court in November 2011 and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2012. He received his commission as a United States District Judge on October 1, 2012. 



Hon. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

Judge Acosta was appointed a magistrate judge for the United States District of Oregon on March 5, 2008. He maintains chambers in Portland.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Acosta served from 2002-2008 as Senior Deputy General Counsel for TriMet, the public transportation authority for metropolitan Portland. Before that, he practiced law from 1987-2002 with the Stoel Rives law firm, in its Portland, Oregon, office, first as an associate and then as a partner. Judge Acosta began his legal career with the Alaska law firm of Hughes Thorsness Gantz Powell & Brundin. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1982, where he served on the managing board of the Oregon Law Review,and from San Diego State University in 1979, where he graduated with a degree in History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Since 2006, Judge Acosta has been a member of the Oregon State Bar's Joint Bench/Bar Commission on Professionalism, and served as chair in 2010. In 2013 he was the inaugural receipient of the annual Hon. John V. Acosta Professionalism Award, given by the Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division to a lawyer or judge in recognition of their commitment to promoting the highest ethical and professional standards among new lawyers. He also is a past recipient of the Oregon State Bar President's Diversity & Inclusion Award and the University of Oregon School of Law's Meritorious Service Award.

Since 2013 Judge Acosta has served on the Dean's Advisory Council for the University of Oregon School of Law, where he taught as an adjunct professor from 2001-07. Judge Acosta also has been active in the community through service on the boards of several nonprofit social services organizations, participating as a member of legal professional associations, and coaching high school mock trial students, among other volunteer activities. He speaks and writes frequently on professionalism, trial practice, and legal writing.

Judge Acosta enjoys reading World War II history, avidly following Oregon Ducks football, and spending time with his family.



The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

It all started with a little girl 42 years ago. Beautiful six-year old Virginia Garcia and her farmworker parents traveled from their home in Texas to Oregon to work in the fields. Along the way, Virginia cut her foot, and by the time they reached Oregon, it had become infected. Economic, language and cultural barriers made receiving proper health care difficult and as a result, Virginia died from what should have been an easily treatable wound.

Rising out of that tragedy,Virginia Garcia has grown from a grassroots volunteer-run clinic into a full-service health care home serving Washington and Yamhill counties. Today, VG employs 550 people and we serve 45,000 patients at 17 clinics (five primary care clinics, one women’s clinic, five dental clinics and six school-based health centers. One in every 15 residents in these two counties considers VG their medical home.

Our Mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center and that means that we don’t turn anyone away if they don’t have insurance or if they can’t pay.

We have also kept the value of serving farmworkers front and center. Each summer, our mobile medical outreach van goes from camp to camp, with our team of dedicated and hardworking providers who offer care until every last person is seen.

Our patients are amazing. If we had 100 of them standing up here in front of us, here’s what they would look like:

  • 42 would be kids – 18 years old or younger
  • 8 of those 100 would live in a low-income household (which is about $48,000 for a family of 4)
  • 24 would be uninsured
  • 63 would be insured by the Oregon Health Plan or Medicaid
  • Over half would be best served in a language other than English. In fact, our patients speak 62 different languages.
  • And 20 would be farmworkers.

The need for the care that Virginia Garcia provides only continues to grow. In this time of uncertainty for our patients, we strive every day to be a resource for care and compassion.