14th Annual Scholarship Gala
Congratulations to our 2017 Gala Honorees!
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The 2017 honorees are: The Honorable Manuel J. Mendez, Lourdes M. Ventura, and the Law Office of Robinson Iglesias.
“Every year, the DBA is charged with reviewing the candidacy of very talented individuals who have given back to our community and are worthy of recognition. This year was no exception. This year’s honorees have a long history of leadership, giving back to the community, and empowering other Latinos. We are very proud of their accomplishments and honored to recognize them at this year’s 14th Annual Scholarship Gala” stated Vianny Pichardo, President of the DBA.
On behalf of the Dominican Bar Association (“DBA”), we invite you to attend our 14th Annual Scholarship Gala, in honor of the below honorees and our scholarship recipients, to be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Battery Gardens (1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004), located directly on the Hudson River.
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The Honorable Manuel J. Mendez
The Honorable Manuel J. Mendez of the Supreme Court, New York County, Civil Branch was elected to his position in 2012. He was first elected in 2003 to New York City Civil Court (County-wide) in 2003. Judge Mendez was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Washington Heights at the age of 9 and earned his Bachelor of Science in 1983 from Fordham University College of Business prior to returning to the Dominican Republic where he earned his J.D. from Universidad Central del Este School of Law in 1987. In 1989, he completed the Fordham University School of Law’s Foreign Lawyers Program and began his private practice career. Judge Mendez is described as a down-to-earth person who doesn’t forget his roots. When he was sworn in as Supreme Court justice, he chose to have his ceremony at the Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights. Justice Mendez was also a founding member of the DBA.
Lourdes M. Ventura
Lourdes M. Ventura is currently a partner at the law firm of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus. She formerly served as a prosecutor at the Queens County District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General's Office. Ventura also served as deputy chief of staff and counsel in the New York State Senate. A lifelong Queens resident, Ventura is actively involved in Queens. She previously served on the Board of Managers, and continues to serve, on the Grievance Committee for the Queens County Bar Association as well as the Board of Trustees for the Queens Supreme Court Law Library. She has also served as a House Delegate for the New York State Bar Association. Ventura is also a former board member of the DBA and past president of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County. Ventura is currently the first Latina to serve as an officer of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York as Vice President and was the first Latina to serve as President of the venerable Queens County Women’s Bar Association.
The Law Office of Robinson Iglesias
The Law Office of Robinson Iglesias, located in downtown Manhattan, was founded by Robinson Iglesias, a graduate from Hofstra Law School and a former DBA Board Member. Notably, he was the lead attorney who settled the Reynaldo Cuevas Police Shooting case against the City of New York. Iglesias has appeared as a guest speaker on CNN Español and his cases have been featured on various media outlets, including CBS, NY1, ABC, Telemundo and Univision. When he is not taking on big cases, you will find Iglesias giving back to the community. Currently, he serves on the Board of Legal Services NYC- the biggest provider of legal services- at no cost to clients who would otherwise not have representation in court.