On January 11, 2018, Tucson attorney and former president for the Arizona Minority Bar Association, Juan Perez-Medrano, passed away due to complications from pneumonia. Juan was the Arizona Minority Bar Association's longest-serving president, former treasurer and hosted many CLE's for AMBA. Juan also served as President of the Board for Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA) and served on that board for a number of years.
Juan spent many years serving this community and being a catalyst for change. He believed in the mission of our organization and promoted it in his professional and personal life. He was a mentor, godfather, brother, friend and champion of diversity. He leaves behind countless friends here in Tucson, Arizona and a loving family in Michigan.
Services for Juan were held in Michigan on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, and plans are being made to hold services in his honor here in Tucson.
AMBA and its members have been greatly impacted by Juan's sudden passing. We will be celebrating Juan's contributions to our community and to our organization as well as to SALA at our annual banquet on February 16, 2018. Not only will AMBA be honoring Juan and his many accomplishments and beautiful spirit, we will also be awarding future scholarships in his name. AMBA is in the process of updating our website to include more information on services and scholarship information.
AMBA wishes its sincerest condolences to Juan's family and friends and we hope that you can help us celebrate his life with stories and pictures of Juan, so we can properly honor all his greatness.
- Annamarie L. Valdivia, AMBA President
JUDICIAL PREPARATION PANELS: If you are an AMBA member who is considering applying for a future vacancy on the Pima County Superior Court bench, AMBA strongly suggests you begin working on your application now. AMBA has a judicial appointments committee that can review your applications and/or conduct mock interviews with you to help you prepare for success.
RESTORATION OF RIGHTS PROJECT:Arizona will be come part of a nationwide/statewide attorney network working to restore the voting rights of Arizona and to minimize voter disenfranchisement in this state. Look forward to more information regarding this exciting new project in 2017.
AMBA STUDENT-MENTORING PROGRAM: AMBA initiated a student mentor program allowing lawyers to work with a student while providing total flexibility to accommodate the lawyer's schedule and preferred time commitment. This program allows the attorney anything from a one-time visit to a regularly-designated meeting or a meeting occurring two-to-three times per year. The program also provides students an opportunity to observe lawyers at a court hearing/trial and, preferably, allows the student to visit a law office or other location of the lawyer's choosing. Lawyers will be paired with students from City High School located in downtown Tucson. City High has a diverse student body of which half would be the first in their families to go to college. City High will transport the students to and from the Court or location of the meeting. If you would like to learn more about the opportunity or volunteer, please contact us via the website. Or, sign up for our student newsletter!