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May 15

Juan Walker


Juan Walker is Senior Corporate Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Group of Oracle's Legal Department. Prior to joining Oracle, he served as the Director of Litigation for Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto. He has over 20 years of experience in commercial litigation as well as experience counseling on privacy law, employment law and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Varian, he was an Assistant United States Attorney working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco where he represented the government in civil litigation matters. He also worked as an associate in two private law firms--Downey Brand, LLP in Sacramento and Gordon & Rees, LLP in San Francisco -- and served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer in the U.S. Air Force. He teaches Negotiations as a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He earned a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.


Hassan Abedi 

Associate Market Manager 

Hassan is the Associate Market Manager for the San Francisco Market of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Alongside the Executive leadership of Willie Thomas, Hassan leads the efforts of Financial Advisors across four offices. 

Hassan joined Merrill Lynch in 2006 as an attorney in the legal department. His first role was as Divisional Counsel for what at the time was the Central Division, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Since that time Hassan has provided counsel and guidance related to risk, litigation, and compliance issues faced by the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management line of business. His last role within the legal department encompassed supervision of customer related litigation for the three Divisions (Mid West, Texas Mountain South, and West) and the Edge line of business. 

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch Hassan worked at a national law firm with the bulk of his work focused on defense of Brokerage Firms and Financial Advisors. Hassan has also served as a staff attorney at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Hassan received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University Law School and received his LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center. Hassan is passionate about initiatives around diversity and inclusion and is also passionate about providing pro-bono legal services to underserved communities. 

Hassan and his wife Affy live in Walnut Creek, CA and have two children: Ella and Tess. 


Sari Bourne Kaplan


Sari Bourne Kaplan is Registered In-House Counsel, Corporate Counsel, in the Healthcare Law Group of Genentech’s Legal Department.  Before her current role, Sari was a senior associate at Hogan Lovells, an international law firm co-headquartered in London and Washington D.C., where she counseled pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on regulatory matters related to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and state laws.  Sari also worked at another law firm, Arnall Golden Gregory, where she advised the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, dietary supplement, and cosmetic industries.  Sari earned her B.A. with honors from Stanford University and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law.  She is a member of the Food and Drug Law Journal Editorial Advisory Board, and founded the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) division for new attorneys (New to Food and Drug Law Group).  Sari is also involved in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), and local Jewish organizations.  In her free time, Sari enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, and supporting inclusive diversity initiatives.


Suzette Z. Torres

North American Title Company

Suzette Z. Torres is Vice President/Regional Counsel of North American Title Company, Inc.’s (“North American Title”) She provides legal and escrow advisory support to North American Title’s branches throughout the Western Region which includes California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Her duties include handling compliance and employment issues, providing underwriting guidance, and advising on commercial transactions.
Prior to joining North American, Ms. Torres worked for another national underwriter, first as VP/Trial Counsel, and later transitioned to VP/Underwriting Counsel. When she was in private practice, she rose up to partnership at her firm (Bardellini, Straw, Cavin & Bupp LLP) and became the only minority, female, equity partner. Her practice included resolving title and escrow claims, negotiating business disputes, managing contract negotiations, trials and handling several adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.

Suzette served as the District 4 Governor of the California Women's Lawyer's Association (the largest women's bar association statewide) and was the Chair of the In House Counsel Network. She is an active member and former Co-Chair of the In-House Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, a member of the Filipino Bar Association-Northern California, and a member of the San Francisco and East Bay Chapters of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). 

 She has been rated AV Preeminent® by her peers, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubble®. She was recently selected as an honoree for the 2018 National Women in Law (Collaborative Leadership Category) by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel, which honors general counsel and in-house leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law.

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Alex Ponce de Leon

Google LLC

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5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Happy Hour with HNBA and Latinos in Finance

The San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, HNBA and Latinos in Finance are coming together for the holidays! Join us for this joint event! There will be an open bar, light appetizers, and good company.  RSVP here or by emailing

DaDa Bar | 65 Post St | San Francisco, CA 94104 

Wednesday December 19, 2018 from 5:30PM - 8:00PM

Thank you to the Bank of San Francisco and Victor Vazquez for helping make this event free and open to all members. The event is free to members so it a great time to renew your memberships!

Become a member of HNBA and SF La Raza today! 

SF La Raza Membership is only $50 or $25! 

HNBA Membership is only $50.00 for SF La Raza members!

Use the HNBA Affilate Organization option to save!!

Click here to learn more about Latinos in Finance.

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Noche de Gala 2018
6:00 PM18:00

Noche de Gala 2018

Please join San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association for our annual Noche de Gala Scholarship Dinner, which benefits the nonprofit Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund.

The Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund provides scholarships to law students who spend their summer working at an organization that provides legal services to underserved communities in the Bay Area. Your sponsorship will help fund these scholarships. 

Honorees coming soon!

Buy your Noche de Gala tickets here!

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time: 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Location: InterContinental San Francisco 888 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Buy your Noche de Gala tickets here!



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Latino/a Attorney and Student Mixer
6:00 PM18:00

Latino/a Attorney and Student Mixer

In lieu of a "formal" Mentor-Mentee Program, this event will provide Latin@ law students an opportunity to casually interact with attorneys who support the diversity of the bar. SFLRLA hopes that the event will help cultivate and strengthen professional connections by allowing students to meet our attorney members to discuss post-law school options and opportunities. This event will be the first of several SFLRLA programs designed to bring law students and attorneys together.

We hope you can join us!

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Annual Board Elections
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Board Elections


DATE AND TIME: December 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Four Embarcadero, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, California 94111

Annual elections for positions on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association will be held on December 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman located at Four Embarcadero, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, California.  Any member in good standing may nominate another member in good standing for a position on the Board.  Please submit your nominations to Edgar Quezada ( and Laura Hurtado (  All members in good standing as of the fifteenth day prior to the date of the election and present at the meeting may vote.

*A description of each election has been e-mailed to all existing members.  If you require more information regarding the duties and responsibilities associated with any board position, please contact Laura Hurtado (

Elected positions are:


President Elect

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Communications

Vice President of Membership

Directors at Large (five positions)

To be a member in good standing, you must be current on your dues, which are payable at: 

If you plan to attend this election meeting, please notify Laura Hurtado at


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 SF Fleet Week Picnic
11:00 AM11:00

SF Fleet Week Picnic

SFLRLA invites you and your family to join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at our annual picnic at Crissy Field from 11am-4pm.

Come join us to mingle, enjoy the air show, see old friends, and meet some new ones.  We will be providing games and serving up some delicious carne asada, burgers, hot dogs, salads, and drinks.  Event is free for SFLRLA members and law students.

Our picnic tables will be near the Crissy Field Center and Beach Hut Cafe.

If you get lost, call Julian (530) 908-7013 or Claudia (510) 331-5463.

PLEASE RSVP with if you would like to attend to make sure we bring enough food.

We hope to see you there!

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FGP Mock Interview Program
6:00 PM18:00

FGP Mock Interview Program

Littler has organized an event designed to give your interview skills a final polish before the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair and the upcoming fall hiring season. Attorneys from Littler and other Bay Area firms, as well as in-house counsel, will share interview tips and then give you the chance to do the most important thing — practice! Learn ways to highlight your unique skills and experience while obtaining real-time feedback. Then get to know attorneys from the firms and companies with or for which you might soon be working.

Littler Mendelson P.C.
333 Bush Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

6:00 - 6:10 p.m. Check In
6:10 - 6:30 p.m. Welcome and Interview Tips
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Mock Interviews
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reception

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Google Legal Diversity Summer Mixer
5:00 PM17:00

Google Legal Diversity Summer Mixer

Start Your Summer Right with Google! 

Calling all Lawyers Under 10 Years of Practice!

The Google Legal Diversity and Inclusion Council, in partnership with the Hispanic National Bar Association, invites you to start off your summer right at the Google San Francisco Office. We'd like to welcome lawyers in their first 10 years of practice and summer associates to connect over drinks and food. Let's make new connections and strengthen existing ones. We look forward to seeing you there!



Google, 345 Spear Street, Floor 7, San Francisco, CA 94105  

Link to RSVP platform


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East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association 2017 Judicial Excellence Recognition
6:00 PM18:00

East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association 2017 Judicial Excellence Recognition

Join our familia from the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association (EBLRLA) as they recognize Judicial Excellence Honoree Honorable Delia Trevino, Superior Court, Alameda County.  The evening’s Keynote Address will be delivered by Maria Blanco, Executive Director of the Undocumented Legal Services Center at UC Davis.  Followed by EBLRLA’s La Luchadora Honoree, Roseanne Torres, Board Member, Oakland Unified School District and Tag Team Luchadores Honorees: Immigrant Rights Program, Centro Legal De La Raza.

6:00 pm Appetizers & No-Host Bar Networking Reception

6:30 pm Dinner and Program

Scott’s Seafood   -   2 Broadway, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA94607

Get your tickets HERE.

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