Join the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association for our 13th Annual Awards Dinner.
OHBA will present:
- Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award to Angela Franco Lucero.
- La Voz Latina Award to Adelante Mujeres.
Our guest speaker will be Bamby Salcedo, founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@ Coalition.
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2019 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award Recipient, Angela Marie Franco Lucero, Partner, Kranovich & Lucero, LLC
Angela is an accomplished attorney and leader in our legal community. She was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Criminal Justice and Spanish, Angela moved to Portland, Oregon, where she enrolled at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Her sterling legal career began in the litigation department of Safeco Insurance Company, where she clerked during law school. There, she used her strong research, writing, and analytical skills to draft various legal memoranda and assist attorneys with trial preparation. While in law school, she also clerked with the Lewis & Clark Law School Legal Clinic, representing clients in residential eviction proceedings and unemployment administrative hearings.
Following graduation, Angela went to work as an associate in the Law Office of Tom Kranovich. In only six years, Angela became a member and manager of Kranovich & Lucero, LLC. Angela's law practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, representing clients (including individuals, insurance companies, and self-insured public bodies) in bodily injury, property damage, and insurance coverage disputes. A native Spanish speaker, Angela is able to assist Spanish speaking clients without the use of translators—a rare skill for an Oregon business civil litigator. As a bilingual attorney, Angela serves as an all-access bridge between the legal system and those on the margins. She does that by monitoring the accuracy of testimony of Spanish speaking parties or witnesses, thus ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation.
As a Latina lawyer and first-generation college graduate, she has also shown significant dedication to furthering diversity in the profession. Angela continuously strives to make the Oregon legal community a more welcoming place for all, devoting her free time to eliminating patterns and practices that perpetuate misunderstanding and racism and increasing the number of diverse lawyers. This is not a new development. During law school, she tutored minority law students and served on the admissions committee. An alumnus of the Oregon State Bar's Opportunities for Law in Oregon ("OLIO") Program, which is dedicated to helping women and ethnic minorities to increase their visibility and stature within Oregon's legal system, Angela also regularly serves as a mentor for minority law students.
If that were not enough, Angela is the immediate past president of Oregon Women Lawyers ("OWLS"), whose mission is to transform the practice of law and ensure justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession. She is also a founding member and officer of the Clackamas Women Lawyers, a board member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (and its Secretary), vice-chair of the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners, and a member of the Oregon Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, which aims to advance its vision of Latinx individuals prospering and contributing as business owners and industry leaders in an inclusive and robust economy. Angela is in every sense of the word: a leader.
Angela is also a resolute public servant. She strongly believes that the bar and bench should reflect the community they serve because in her view, a diverse bar and bench instills confidence that the justice system is fair to all litigants. Ask any lawyer that knows her, and you will hear a similar message: Angela is a great attorney, an exceptional listener, and a loyal colleague who never misses an opportunity to shine the light on others.
Angela and her husband Leroy Lucero have been married for 15 years, and together they have a beautiful three-year old daughter, Sophia.
La Voz Latina Award Winner Adelante Mujeres
Adelante Mujeres means "Women Rise Up" and we are building a more just society by empowering Latinas to lead. For many Latina women and their families, generations of struggle with poverty, social isolation and sexism have limited their opportunities for education and empowerment. We're on a mission to change that.
When a woman feels empowered, everything changes for her. We believe that every Latina deserves the chance to rise up, to have her voice heard, and to lead. We work to empower Latina women and their families through education, enterprise and leadership opportunities. Our programs are holistic, healing and transformative serving more than 8,000 families in Oregon annually and we aren't stopping there. We are building a center in Forest Grove that will include 2 Adult Education Classrooms, 6 Early Childhood and Preschool Classrooms, a Commercial Kitchen, a Makerspace and more. This center will allow us to more than double the number of families we can serve.
Latina women have been underrepresented in decision making roles in our communities for far too long, and now more than ever -- it is vital that we change that. Now is the time when we need every voice to count. We are determined to provide education and empowerment opportunities for Latina women and families in our community -- and we will keeping fighting until every person is thriving. Learn more at AdelanteMujeres.org.
Our Guest Speaker Bamby Salcedo
Bamby is a national and international transgender Latina Woman who received her Master’s Degree in Latin@ Studies from California State California Los Angeles. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latin@s in the US. Bamby developed the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multiservice space for transgender people in Los Angeles.
Bamby’s remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community, but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration and Latin@ communities. Through her instinctive leadership, she has birthed several organizations that created community where there was none, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and humanity for those who have been without a voice. Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflects her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple issues. Bamby has served and participated in many local, national and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, social class, HIV+ status, immigration status and more.
Her activist public speaking has ranged from testifying to governmental bodies, human rights and social justice organizations, universities and colleges, demonstrations and rallies, and national and international conferences as featured speaker. Bamby speaks to diverse audiences on many topics and intersecting issues. Bamby has spoken about transgender-related issues, social justice, healthcare, social services, incarceration, immigration and detention as well as professional and economic development for transgender people. Bamby has been invited to participate in several panels at the White House including in 2016 The United State of Woman where she share stage with Vice President Biden at the opening plenary session and in 2015, Transgender Women of Color and Violence and LGBTQ People of Color Summit. Bamby has also participated as the Opening Plenary Speaker at several conferences, including The 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, The United States Conference on AIDS in 2009 and 2012. She has participated as facilitator with The PanAmerican Health Organization while developing the Blue Print on how to provide competent health care services for transgender people as well as health care for LGBT people and Human Rights in Latin America and The Caribbean.
Her powerful, sobering and inspiring speeches and her warm, down-to-earth presence have provided emotional grounding and perspective for diverse gatherings. She speaks from the heart, as one who has been able to transcend many of her own issues, to truly drop ways of being and coping that no longer served her, issues that have derailed and paralyzed countless lives. Her words and experience evoke both tears and laughter, sobriety and inspiration through the documentary made about her life called TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story. Bamby has been featured and recognized in multiple media outlets such as People en Español, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, OUT 100 and featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List, among many other. Bamby has also being recognized for her outstanding work by multiple national and local organizations.