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TJSL Student to Receive Prestigious La Mancha Award

September 29, 2010

La Mancha Award

Romina Otoya, a current 3L at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, will be honored by Casa Cornelia Law Center with the prestigious 2010 La Mancha Award for outstanding pro bono services on behalf of the immigrant community. Romina interned at Casa Cornelia in the Domestic Violence and Unaccompanied Children’s Program, contributing significant pro bono hours to assist clients in need.

“Each year, thousands of unaccompanied children enter the United States in search of safe haven, but are arrested and detained by immigration authorities, says TJSL Associate Director of Career Services,” Dovie King. “Romina’s tireless efforts to protect the legal rights of children are not only indicative of her commitment to social justice, but worthy of such a high honor.”

“I am truly honored to be recognized for my part in Casa Cornelia’s mission of providing quality legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations,” Otoya said. “Although CCLC is limited in their funding, the individuals who make up the organization put their hearts and souls into ensuring justice for a population of individuals who need a voice. I am very fortunate to have been a part of CCLC’s mission of providing quality legal services to indigent persons within the immigrant community. “

The gala award reception will take place at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at USD on October 21, 2010. Please take a moment to congratulate Romina Otoya for her great achievement.