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Annual Dinner Past Honorees

Year President Honorees
1990 Richard Armendariz Frank Garcia was honored for the Thanksgiving meals he had been giving to the homeless for more than 10 years.
Tom Umberg was honored for his service in the military as well as in the California Assembly.
1996 Rebecca Jurado President's Award: Diane “Dee-Dee” Nordby Valdez
1999 Darren O. Aitken Special Recognition:  Hon. William Bedsworth
Community Service:  Milton Gordon (CSUF)
Lifetime Achievement:  Hon. Ronald Kreber
2000 Claudia Alvarez Educator of The Year:  Isaac Cardenas (CSUF)
Attorney of The Year:  Hon. Gregory Muñoz
President's Award:  Rick Ulivi
2001 John J. Isaza President's Award: Darren O. Aitken
2002 James Duarte Judge of The Year: Hon. Frederick P. Aguirre
President's Award: Diane “Dee-Dee” Nordby Valdez
2003 Fabio R. Cabezas Awardee:  Manuel Esqueda
Awardee:  Manuel Gomez, Vice Chancellor of UCI
Judge of The Year:  Hon. John A. Arguelles
2004 Fredrico Sayre Awardee: Hon. Cruz Reynoso (ret.)
Awardee:  Hon. John A. Arguelles (ret.)
Awardee:  Hon. Carlos Moreno
Awardee:  Sheriff Mike Carona
2006 Lisa D. Ramirez Lifetime Achievement:  Hon. James Perez
Attorney of The Year:  Wylie Aitken
Guardián de Justicia:  Carmenmara Bravo
2007 Lorena Peñaloza Lifetime Achievement:  Hon. Frances Muñoz
Attorney of The Year:  Joseph Chairez
Keynote Speaker:  Hon. Cruz Reynoso
2008 Norma García Guillén Lifetime Achievement:  Dr. Juan Francisco Lara
Attorney of The Year:  John G. Cruz
Guardián de Justicia:  Hon. Luis Miguel Ortiz Haro Amieva
Corporate Citizen:  Wells Fargo
Keynote Speaker:  Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UCI Law School
2009 Monica E. Lukoschek Lifetime Achievement:  Hon. Cruz Reynoso
Attorney of The Year:  Kenneth W. Babcock
Guardián de Justicia:  Luz E. Herrera
Pro Bono Firm of The Year:  Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Keynote Speaker:  Holly Fujie, 2009 California State Bar President
2010 Carlos X. Colorado Lifetime Achievement:  Hon. Frank P. Briseño
Attorney of The Year:  Robert Cohen
Guardián de Justicia:  Gladis Molina
Corporate Citizen Award:  The Walt Disney Company
Keynote Speaker:  Hilda Solis, U.S. Labor Secretary (via video)
2011 Genoveva Meza Talbott The Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award:
Dolores Huerta
Attorney of The Year:  Federico Sayre
Guardián de Justicia:
The Defense Team in Martinez v. UC Regents:
  • Office of The Attorney General, led by Julie Weng-Gutierrez, Supervising Deputy Attorney General
  • Office of General Counsel, The California State University, led by Andrea M. Gunn, University Counsel
  • Crowell & Moring LLP, led by Ethan P. Schulman
Corporate Citizen Award:  Google, Inc.
2012 José González The Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award:
Arte Moreno of Angels Baseball
Attorney of The Year:  Hector Villagra of American Civil Liberties Union
Guardián de Justicia: Human Options
Corporate Citizen Award:  The Coca-Cola Company
2013 Mayte Santacruz The Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award:
Amin David, Founder of Los Amigos of Orange County
Attorney of The Year:  Frank Ospino, OC Public Defender
Guardián de Justicia: Dr. Sara Lundquist, Vice President of Students Services, Santa Ana College
Corporate Citizen Award:  Union Bank
2014 Diana Lopez The Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award:
Diane Nordby, First Female OCHBA President
Attorney of The Year:  Luis Rodriguez, California State Bar President
Guardián de Justicia: Fishkin & Slatter, LLP, Counsel for Sergio Garcia
Corporate Citizen Award:  Southern California Edison
2015 Rafael Nendel-Flores
The Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award:
Bruno Serato, Owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant
Attorney of The Year:  Mary-Christine Sungaila, Haynes and Boone
Guardián de Justicia: Senator Ricardo Lara, Author of SB 1159
Corporate Citizen Award: TELACU
2016 Lyo Figueroa
The Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award:
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, UCI School of Law
Attorney of The Year:  Darren Aitken, Aitken Aitken Cohn
Guardián de Justicia: Laura’s House Domestic Violence Shelter
Corporate Citizen Award: Northwestern Mutual
2017Eric M. Dominguez
The Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award:

Robert Cohen, Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Attorney of The Year: Thomas Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Guardián de Justicia: Nicholas Academic Centers
Corporate Citizen Award: Farmers Insurance

The HBA has honored members of the legal community at their Annual Dinner since 1978.
This is not intended to be a complete list of honorees. If you have any information to help the HBA compile a more complete list of past honorees, please email Thank you in advance.

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