California La Raza Lawyers Association

La Raza Lawyers of California is an independent unincorporated association of Lawyers organized in 1977 to support Chicano and Latino Lawyers in California and serve as a statewide network for local affiliate La Raza Lawyers Groups. We meet quarterly at various locations around the state and represent 16 different local organizations with over 2,000 attorneys. We are affiliated with the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Justice Miguel Marquez and California LRLA President Chris Arriola at the State Supreme Court.

Justice Tino Cuellar, currently sitting on the California Supreme Court with California La Raza Lawyers President Christopher Arriola and former Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno.

 In the News: Fighting for Judicial Independence:  

The Problem With Calling Out Judges for Their Race, The Atlantic:

Former State Bar President, Luis Rodriguez Comments on Judicial Independence on CNN:

Former State LRLA President Joel Murillo and MALDEF President Comment on La Raza Lawyers on NBC:

That Judge Attacked by Donald Trump? He’s Faced a Lot Worse, New York Times Article:

Commentary, Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a hero, San Jose Mercury News:


Upcomng Events and Meetings: 

CARLA hosts annual meetings in Los Angeles and in Northern Califronia. For more information please contact  






Christopher Arriola, President, San Jose,

Micael Estremera, President Elect, San Jose,

Eric Alderete, Secretary, Orange County

Beatriz Mejia, San Francisco, Treasurer,

Regional Officers & Judicial Chairs:

Juan Ramirez, Eastern District Vice-President
Fresno, CA (Includes 3rd and 5th DCA)

Xotchil Carrion, Northern District Vice-President/Statewide Judicial Chair
San Francisco (Includes all of 1st and 6th DCA)


Nadia Bermudez, Southern District Vice President, San Diego (Includes all of 4th DCA)

Efrain Aceves, Central District Vice President, (2nd DCA) Los Angeles,

Judicial Chairs:

Micael Estremera, Northern CA Chair, San Jose, CA


Eric Alderete, Southern CA Chair, Santa Ana, CA


Alberto Gonzalez, Sacramento, Sacramento,  





We encourage joining an affiliate group on our links page, which entitles you to free membership in CA La Raza Lawyers.




Mendez v. Westminster (1947) was the Brown v. The Board of Education decision for Mexican Americans in California.

It was filed in 1946 by Gonzalo Mendez and a group of Orange County parents and community groups to force the segregated schools of Orange County to integrate Anglos and Mexican Americans.

The US Postal Service Issued a Stamp in September, 2007 honoring the Mendez Case.

Photo is the 1934 1st Grade Class at the "Mexican" Wilson School in Orange County, CA.


California La Raza lawyers DOES NOT give advice or provide referrals or represent clients and is NOT a legal services provider.

To find a lawyers please go to California Bar Association's Lawyers Referral Service.

The Latino Bar Association of California