The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) will hold its annual gala and fundraiser on January 21, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Denver. The event will raise operational funds for the organization, as well as scholarship funds on behalf of its Foundation. The gala begins at 5:30 p.m., with a cocktail hour and Latin Jazz played by Freddy Rodriguez. Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m., with a three-course meal. During the dinner program, the CHBA will honor outgoing President Arnulfo D. Hernández and swear in incoming President Ruth N. Mackey.
The organization will also honor several individuals and one organization for their hard work and dedication to Colorado’s Latino/a community. Luis Villarreal and the Hispanic Affairs Project will both receive the CHBA’s Community Service Award, which is presented to an individual or nonprofit organization committed to providing services benefiting the Hispanic community. Mr. Villarreal is the Founder and President of Save Our Youth Mentoring, which provides mentoring to at-risk youth in the Denver metro area using a multi-pronged approach of spiritual, emotional, and educational guidance. The Hispanic Affairs Project is a grass-roots organization that supports the immigrant community of the Western Slope through leadership formation, community organization, and integration advocacy.
Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa will receive the CHBA’s Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award, which is presented to an outstanding Hispanic attorney in practice more than five years, who has shown a continual commitment to the Hispanic community and the principles of the legal profession. Ms. Krupa has been a litigator for over 20 years, working with the state and federal public defenders, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. She currently works in private practice, litigating criminal, ethics and professional misconduct, and securities and enforcement matters. She is a past President of the CHBA, as well as an officer with the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). Ms. Krupa also serves as a mentor for Law School Si Se Puede, the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program, and the CHBA. She is dedicated to increasing the pipeline of professional, ethical, and prepared Latino/a attorneys.
Finally, Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo will receive the CHBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to an attorney over the age of 55, who has made significant contributions to the Hispanic community. Dr. Trujillo is an attorney and musician. He has practiced law as a partner at the firm of Sherman & Howard LLP, as in-house counsel at Adams County Public Schools, and now as principle at his own firm, working on immigration, employment, estate planning, family, and business matters. He maintains a position on the University of Colorado School of Law faculty, where he focuses his advocacy efforts on increasing diversity in the law. As a musician, Dr. Trujillo pursued the arts to understanding our culture. He is the cofounder of Denver’s Chicano Arts and Humanities Center (CHAC), the Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos, the Guadalupe Dancers, and the Southwest Musicians, and is an active violinist and vocalist. Like Ms. Krupa, Dr. Trujillo is a past President of the CHBA. He is also a past regional president of and former general counsel to the HNBA. Dr. Trujillo recently assumed leadership of the Board of Directors for Law School Si Se Puede. He has dedicated both of his careers to lifting up Latino/as in Colorado and nationally.
Established in 1977, this year the CHBA celebrates its 40th anniversary. The organization’s mission is “to serve Colorado and promote justice by advancing Hispanic interests and issues in the legal profession and seeking equal protection for the Hispanic Community before the law.”