Law school presents annual Latina/o Alumni Awards

(March 24, 2011) Seattle University School of Law recognized two outstanding graduates and a friend of the law school at the second annual Latina/o Alumni Awards reception on March 24.

The 2011 honorees:

Ernest Radillo '07
The Spirit of Service Award

Ernest RadilloThe son of immigrant parents from Mexico, Ernest Radillo grew up in Corcoran, California, where he and his family worked as farm workers.

Since 2007, Ernest has been an attorney at Columbia Legal Services, a statewide non-profit law firm that provides free legal aid in civil matters to low-income people throughout Washington. His practice is primarily focused on representing farm workers and other low-wage workers in class-action cases involving employment discrimination and civil-rights violations. He has also worked in the legislative arena as a registered lobbyist with a team of Columbia attorneys to increase protections for farm workers in the area of farm labor recruitment and employment. 

Ernest has given several live English and Spanish radio interviews regarding employee rights and employer responsibilities, and his advocacy has been featured in numerous English and Spanish newspapers. He has also appeared on KUNS TV Univision, the leading Spanish-language media company serving the Hispanic population in the United States.

Ernest received his B.A. from University of California San Diego in 1999, and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2007, where he was executive editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and a fellow for the Center on Corporations, Law & Society. In 2004, he served as a judicial extern to Judge Carol Schapira of King County Superior Court.

Ernest has received the national Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship, the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit Award, the Seattle University School of Law Access to Justice Institute Leadership and Service Award, the Washington State Bar Association Courageous Award, the City of Wenatchee Social Justice Award, and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Nueva Generación/New Generation Award.

He is president of the Chelan-Douglas County Young Lawyers Division and serves on the boards of the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center and the North Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, Gov. Christine Gregoire appointed Ernest to the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Ernest strives to improve public policy development and the delivery of government services to the Hispanic community.

Fé Lopez '06
La Justicia Award

Fe LopezFé Lopez is president of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and has served on the LBAW board since 2008. During her time in LBAW, she has been the co-chair of the LBAW Judicial Evaluation Committee, chair of the Banquet committee, and co-chair of the community outreach committee. She has been the co-facilitator of the LBAW/SGB free Legal clinic since its inception over three years ago. Most recently, Fé has been working with the Latina/o and other communities of color on the police misconduct issues in Seattle. She is also on the Task Force for Race and the Criminal Justice System.

As the assistant director for student life at Seattle University School of Law, Fé facilitates collaborative work and communication between students and the administration, staff, and faculty. She is responsible for creating a supportive and cohesive student atmosphere within the law school community; serves as staff advisor to student groups, the Student Bar Association, and is the primary staff liaison with the school's part-time evening students; and works on various pipeline programs with staff, faculty, students and community organizations. She helped coordinate the Just the Beginning Foundation Pre-Law Conference, Yakima Pre-Law Conference, Tri-Cities Youth and Justice Forum as well as helping coordinate half day programs for middle school, high school and college age students at Seattle University School of Law.  

Fé developed the Lawyering in a Diverse World series in partnership with the Access to Justice Institute, students, faculty and staff. Now in its third year, the series provides workshops on issues of diversity designed to create awareness and empower law students and lawyers with skills and give law students and lawyers the competitive edge for effective lawyering in our increasingly diverse and complex world. Some of the programs included are the Racial Justice Leadership Institute, Disability Rights: Ethics and Practical Skills, Dealing with Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courtroom, and the upcoming CLE, Advocacy Skills for Protecting Civil Rights on April 15, 2011.

In her evening student liaison role, Fé coordinates with the Honorable Mary Yu to host night court at the School of Law during the evening hours when the part-time students are available to attend. Additionally, she partners with the Alumni Office and the SBA to coordinate the Evening Student Networking Dinners.

Fé is a 2006 graduate of Seattle University School of Law. While in law school, she served on the Hispanic Organization for Legal Advancement (HOLA, now LLSA) board, was the SBA Diversity Representative, and was the first Latina/o Student Bar Association President. 

Salvador Mungia
Latina/o Amicus Award

Sal MungiaA partner at the law firm Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell LLP in Tacoma, Salvador Mungia's practice is exclusively trial work with an emphasis in aviation, medical malpractice, wrongful death and serious personal injury, business, and real property litigation.

Prior to joining the firm in 1986, Salvador was the judicial clerk to The Honorable Fred Dore of the Washington State Supreme Court and then to The Honorable Carolyn Dimmick of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Salvador is the immediate past-president of the Washington State Bar Association. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and is a lifetime board member of Legal Aid for Washington, in addition to being a member of several bar and community organizations. A past commissioner of the Tacoma Human Rights Commission, Salvador is a fellow with the American Leadership forum, serves on the Mayor's Task Force on Education (2010-11) in Tacoma, and is a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Washington.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Salvador received his B.A,, magna cum laude, in 1981. At Georgetown University Law Center he earned his J.D., cum laude, in 1984, and was the administrative editor of Georgetown's Law & Policy in International Business Law Review.

Salvador's leadership and service has been recognized over the course of his career, but more recently in 2009, he received the Modelo de Excelencia Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, and in 2008 the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association awarded him the Outstanding Service Award and the Bertha M. Snell Award.

A friend to the School of Law and its students, Salvador served as the keynote speaker at the 2010 Diversity Reception and is a mentor to the Latina/Latino Student Association. This year, he lent his leadership to the SU Law at Work program managed by the Annual Giving Office.

Salvador's parents are both immigrants to the United States - his father emigrated from Mexico and his mother from Japan. Education was emphasized as his family moved around the country, finally settling in Tacoma.

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