Julissa Reynoso ’01, Maria Sandoval ’77, and Liliana Zaragoza ’13 Honored by LaLSA

Annual LaLSA Alumni Awards Recognize Distinguished Accomplishments and Advocacy in Service to Latino/a Americans

New York, November 23, 2015—The Columbia Latino/a Law Students Association (LaLSA) hosted its 11th Annual Banquet honoring three Law School alumnae for their achievements in law. Julissa Reynoso ’01, former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay and Partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and Maria Sandoval ’77, a former prosecutor with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, were this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The honorees included Liliana Zaragoza '13, left, who received LaLSA's Rising Star Award, and Maria Sandoval '77, center,
and Julissa Reynoso '01, right, who were each presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Liliana Zaragoza ’13 received LaLSA’s first-ever Rising Star Award. Zaragoza serves as the inaugural John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and is a former Skadden Fellow in the Justice-at-Work Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group. 

Guests included, from left to right: the Honorable Rolando Acosta '82, Carlos Rodriguez Vidal,
Professor Christina Duffy Ponsa, Vasthi Acosta, Zila Acosta Grimes '15, and Maria Sandoval '77.

More than 180 students, faculty, administrators, and alumni joined the festive celebration, held Oct. 23 at the Columbia Club in New York.
LaLSA works to enhance Latino/a representation at the Law School and sponsors academic, cultural, social, and community service activities to promote understanding of the Latino community. Previous alumni honorees include the Honorable Rolando Acosta ’82, Juan Cartagena ’81, Judge Dora L. Irizarry ’79, Pedro Martinez-Fraga ’87, Elizabeth Reza ’97, Edgar G. Rios ’77 and Eduardo Sanchez ’77.
Students and alumni celebrate the achievements of this year's LaLSA honorees,
as well as the company of their peers and Law School faculty