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