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Join us on October 6, 2022 at 5:30PM PST for our 3nd Annual Virtual Fundraiser and a fireside chat with Honorees Deborah Archer and Luis Cespedes, moderated by Judge Armendariz. No need to drive downtown, pay for expensive drinks, or hassle valet parking. But you are invited to dress up and grab a glass of wine to toast our future changemakers.

Admission Levels

Student Ticket $15
Nonprofit Employee/Law School Employee Ticket $40
General Admission Ticket $60

If you buy a ticket of $100 or above, or become a monthly donor at a minimum of $10 a month, you will be entered into a drawing to win a suite at Staples Center in 2023. The prize includes tickets for up to 12 people and 6 parking passes for a Lakers game (date TBD).


Luis Cespedes

Luis A. Céspedes is a life-long activist beginning at the age of 15 when he went on strike with the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez. Mr. Céspedes is California’s Judicial Appointments Secretary, being appointed in 2020. Secretary Céspedes was named “Distinguished Attorney of the Year” during the Sacramento County Bar Association’s centennial celebration in 2018 and the Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers 2021.” Céspedes has previously worked at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles and as a consultant to the California State Legislature. He has served on numerous boards, committees, and task forces throughout California.


Deborah Archer

Deborah Archer is president of the ACLU, a tenured professor of clinical law and director of the Civil Rights Clinic and the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU’s School of Law. Archer previously served as the inaugural dean of diversity and inclusion and as associate dean for academic affairs and student engagement at New York Law School. She has served as chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, and on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Legal Aid Society and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.


Judge Armendariz

Our moderator is Judge Lucy Armendariz who has presided over cases at the State Bar Court of California for over a decade. Judge Armendariz was appointed to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in California under Governor Jerry Brown in October 2018 where she serves at the East Los Angeles Courthouse presiding over criminal trials. Judge Armendariz is a graduate of Roosevelt High School where she now serves as a Teen Court Judge. As an undergraduate at UCLA she majored in Sociology and Economics. She earned her law degree in 1997 from U.C. Hastings School of Law.

Thrust into the foster care system at age 8, Judge Armendariz bounced between homes before a long-term placement provided the stability that facilitated her pursuit of a college education. Judge Armendariz has volunteered her time as a Commissioner to the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and as a Board Member to Leadership California, an organization dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women and girls.

Making Law School Possible

“LEAP has expanded my personal and professional networks by connecting me to current practicing attorneys and law students. As a current LEAP fellow, I cannot imagine applying to law school without the support from my attorney mentors and law student mentor. “
“Thanks to LEAP my network is bigger, my expertise greater, and my opportunities more widespread.”

-Astrid, 1L at Loyola

“As a first-generation student, mentorship is extremely important, so I am very grateful to have an attorney mentor who is there to guide me through the law school process. My mentor has shared so much knowledge about her field of law that I would not have learned elsewhere.”