The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA)

The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (“OHBA”) was founded in 2002 to improve the conditions for lawyers of Hispanic heritage in Oregon. One of the oldest specialty bars, OHBA encourages Latinx individuals to become attorneys; collaborates with other organizations to retain Latinx legal professionals; raises awareness of Latinx legal issues; supports Latinx law students and legal professionals; promotes the advancement of Latinx legal professionals; and celebrates the achievement of Latinx legal professionals.

OHBA has a rich history of creating and supporting programs and scholarships to achieve its mission, including an annual $1,000 scholarship to support Oregon Latinx high school students interested in pursuing legal careers; three scholarships to Latinx students from Oregon’s law schools to attend the Hispanic National Bar Association ("HNBA”) Annual Convention and to compete in the HNBA’s national moot court competition; the “Evening With” series designed to profile Latinx leaders; and its Annual Awards Dinner. OHBA also hosts numerous continuing legal education panels and networking events designed to highlight prominent Latinx attorneys and others in the legal profession.

Board of Directors

 Angela Lucero
Angela Lucero
angela@tkatlaw.com
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Angela Lucero

Angela Franco Lucero is a member and manager of Kranovich & Lucero, LLC. Ms. Lucero focuses her practice defending civil litigation claims. She represents clients in bodily injury, property damage and insurance coverage disputes. She has represented individual clients, insurance companies and self insured public bodies. As a minority attorney she continuously strives to be a better attorney, colleague, mentor and future leader within the profession and the community. She is committed to working towards creating a more diverse legal community and eliminating patterns and practices which perpetuate misunderstanding and racism.

Ms. Lucero earned her Bachelor of Criminal Justice and her B.A. in Spanish from New Mexico State University and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Ms. Lucero currently serves on Board of Directors of the Oregon Women Lawyers Association, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners. Ms. Lucero is a founding member and former president of Clackamas Women Lawyers. She is a member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, and the Oregon Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Claudia G. Groberg

Claudia Garcia Groberg, earned her B.A from Idaho State University in 1994 and her J.D from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2003. After law school, Claudia clerked at the Lane County Circuit Court for the Honorable Lauren Holland, worked as a staff attorney at the Workers' Compensation Board, and joined the Oregon Department of Justice in 2006. She is currently the Attorney In Charge of the Civil Recovery Section. When she’s not working, Claudia enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, three grown sons, two dogs, and an assortment of cats.

Hon. Darleen Ortega

Darleen Ortega has served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color and the only Latina to serve as an appellate judge in Oregon.

Judge Ortega is a frequent speaker on topics related to racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, privilege, and equipping women and people of color to succeed in the law. She spends hours each week with law students and new lawyers, especially those from marginalized communities, helping them to make sense of the legal world. She also is an avid movie and theater critic; her reviews appear regularly in the Portland Observer. Her continuing engagement with issues affecting marginalized communities includes involvement with middle school and high school students in Portland; service on the board of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she chairs the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; co-founding OneGeorgeFox, an alumni organization that advocates for LGBTQ students at George Fox University; and past service on the board of Northwest Health Foundation, where she chaired the Equity Committee. Judge Ortega is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and serves as a resource to all three Oregon Law schools on issues of racial justice and equity, diversity, and inclusion. She also serves on the board of the Meyer Memorial Trust and is a co-chair of OWLS-IN (Oregon Women Lawyers Intersectionality Network).

 Gabriela Sanchez
Gabriela Sanchez
sanchezg@lanepowell.com
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Gabriela Sanchez

Gabi is a shareholder at Lane Powell PC.  She specializes in representing long term care and senior living communities. She enjoys giving back to her community through her involvement in various local groups and non-profit boards.

 Jesús Miguel Palomares
Jesús Miguel Palomares
jesus.palomares@millernash.com
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Jesús Miguel Palomares

Juan Jasso

Juan Jasso is a business attorney focusing in the areas of entity formation, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, and securities. He was born in southern California and attended the University of California Santa Barbara before moving the Oregon to study law at the University of Oregon. In his spare time, Juan enjoys traveling, cooking, and cheering on his former hometown Dodgers & Lakers.

 Juliana Minn

Juliana Minn

Juliana Minn worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Marilyn E. Litzenberger and the Honorable Amy M. Baggio in Multnomah County. During law school and shortly before her clerkship, Juliana worked for businesses of all sizes in Oregon, assisting in real estate and intellectual property matters. In her spare time, she enjoys producing music, DJ’ing, and remaining active in Portland’s Hip-Hop production scene. Juliana also serves on the board of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic.

 Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia, is an associate attorney with Marandas Sinlapasai, P.C. (MSPC). At MSPC, Luis emphasizes the representation of individuals in removal and deportation proceedings, and provides representation and services in connection with affirmative applications for naturalization, family based immigration, asylum and related relief, and relief for survivors of domestic violence.

Luis received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and his B.A. from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Luis is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as ProBono co-liaison. Luis is also a board member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA). In his spare time, Luis also participates as a volunteer attorney in free naturalization, DACA and Know-Your-Rights workshops.

Luis is fluent in Spanish and as an immigrant from Mexico, understands the many challenges that immigrants and their families face and can provide a unique perspective on complex immigration issues. Luis takes pride in helping families with their immigration matters and his goal is to provide exceptional client-oriented service to all his clients and their families on immigration matters.

 Mayra Ledesma
Mayra Ledesma
mayra@nwjp.org
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Mayra Ledesma

Mayra Ledesma is a Staff Attorney for Northwest Workers' Justice Project, where she represents low-income immigrant and contingent workers against their employers. Mayra also works to support NWJP's legislative work to improve wages and working conditions for these workers and educate workers in the community through know your rights presentations. Mayra received her law degree from DePaul University in Chicago and her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Willamette University. 

Hon. Ramon Pagan
Hon. Ramon Pagan
rpagan@outlook.com
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Hon. Ramon Pagan

 Samantha Ratcliffe
Samantha Ratcliffe
sratcliffe@mpdlaw.com
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Samantha Ratcliffe

Samantha is an immigration attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender, where she focuses her practice on removal defense for low-income clients. Prior to this, Samantha worked at Game Immigration, the Oregon Law Center, and clerked for Judge Robert D. Herndon in Clackamas County Circuit Court. She also serves on the Oregon Minority Lawyers' Association's Fun Committee (event planning), the American Immigration Lawyers' Association Oregon Chapter's CLE Committee, the Multnomah Bar Association's Public Interest Committee, and regularly volunteers for the Diversity and Inclusion section of the Oregon State Bar. Samantha is licensed to practice law in Oregon, and her home country of Chile.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys traveling and exploring Portland's restaurant scene. 

Silvia Tanner

Silvia Tanner is Staff Counsel for Renewable Northwest, where she focuses her practice on state and federal regulatory and rulemaking proceedings and provides advice on legislative policy development. Silvia calls the Pacific Northwest home and dedicates a lot of her time to this community. As a student, she assisted low-income clients in areas like landlord tenant and business law. She has also assisted asylum-seeker women and children in federal detention, and serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers’ Working Parents Committee, on the Executive Committee of the Energy, Telecom & Utility Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, and on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Silvia is also a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and through Lewis & Clark Law mentoring program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and running.

Stanton Gallegos

Stanton Gallegos is a lawyer at Markowitz Herbold PC where he represents businesses and non-profits in complex litigation and appeals, including cases involving securities, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, products liability, class actions, employment discrimination claims, and other torts.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Stanton graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2011. Before joining Markowitz Herbold, he clerked for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practicied at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Stanton is also an active volunteer with the St. Andrew's Legal Clinic. When he is not working, Stanton enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.