Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I heard a great inspirational story at the LATINAS CON VISION event sponsored by NY Life as told by Isabel E. Villar, Executive Director of El Centro Hispano.  Allow me to share:...

She said she started working nights at this idea of having a "hispanic center".

so she toiled every night after her day job till like 9.30pm. and one of the things they wanted to do was give college scholarships.  so they were finally able to give a few scholarships at $50 a piece. this was back in the 80s. 50 dollars.

wasnt much even then. but thats all they had. wellll... one of the scholarships recipients - LUISITO was his name. when he rec'd this scholarship to go to college he was so ... idk- LIT UP! so inspired so incredibly amazed to think that someone would grant him 50 bux to go to college, that he applied for more scholarships.

well.... luisito went to college. great.

so meanwhile, this 'hispanic center" lady kept doing her thing. working nights and working hard and then it was time.  she was ready. the time had come to get their own office space. they needed a whole building. so she said in the meeting- how are we gonna build this building??? and someone said... well... why dontcha call LUISITO!


yeah. he's an ARCHITECT now.

so they called LUISITO. errrrr LUIS now. and they asked him. they said. we wanna build a building for the hispanic center. we have limited funds so tell me, she said: hw much would u charge us for designing this building?

luisito jumped up! NO! he said! how cld i ever charge the one person that made me believe in myself! when u gave me those $50.... it changed my whole life. i will design ur building at no charge!


awww! that story makes me feel so good! full circle moment! what u give away WILL come back to u!
it WILL! pay it FORWARD!

Proud Alum of UDC School of Law

Founding Partner Victor Urbaez, is a proud alum of UDC School of Law.

Did you know that :

  • UDC School of Law was added to the US Department of Education's list of Historically Black Graduate Institutions - HBGI

  • US News & World Reports awarded UDC School of Law a top ten ranking for outstanding clinical programs.  188 ABA accredited law school s were analyzed.  UDC School of Law's clinical program rated well above numerous well-heeled and prestigious law schools clinical programs, including those at Harvard and Columbia!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

They're No Different Than YOU!

New York Life held "Latinas Con Vision" which highlighted Latina entrepreneurs and had them share their stories.  

As a speaker was our very own Torres, who highlighted the story about how she became a lawyer.  It was because her Mom worked at an office in the Human Resources Department and used to come home and say to her:  

You know... I see all these young people that just graduated from college and they get these jobs making good money... and they're no different than YOU!  

So of course straight to college she went.  While at college, her mother changed jobs and worked at a large law firm and her mother used to come home and say:

You know... I see all these young attorneys and they make good money and you know... they're no different than YOU!  

Well, she wasn't so sure how to even become a lawyer but if "they're no different than YOU" then there has to be a way!  And so the way was a test called the LSAT.  and the rest is history!  Now Torres has her own law office and her mother takes care of her kids while she is at the law office.

So one day, she went to pick up her daughter at her Mom's and her daughter ran up to her and said:  Mami, Mami!  The kids in school say that I look just like Michelle Obama!

Really?  Well, Torres didn't know how to respond but her mother did!  She peered out from the kitchen and responded:  

Well, you know, that Michelle Obama.... she's no different than YOU! :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Watchdog Organization in Garfield New Jersey

Watch the FiOS1's report, our very own Victor Urbaez, talking about the new impactful watchdog organization URGENT - United Residents of Garfield Engaging Neighborhood Transformation.

GARFIELD - One year after the shooting of 19-year-old Malik Williams, a group of residents have informed an activist group called URGENT to fight the city, police and Bergen County, claiming harrassment buthe Garfield Police Department.  Williams was shot and killed in 2011 by police officers after fleeing the Garfield police station.  However, members of URGENT say that despite their efforts, nothing has changed.  FiOS1's Christi Duffy reports.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Judge Nelson Roman CONFIRMED by the Senate as Federal Judge

The Senate voted 97-0 to confirm the judicial nomination of Nelson Roman.  Roman was confirmed to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


On a personal note, my first case when I started T&U was in front of Judge Roman!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I'll be the judge of that!

Don't be surprised if you walk into Small Claims Court, otherwise known as the People's Court or la Corte del Pueblo, and the person to hear and decide your case is none other than our very own TORRES.

What does Torres have to say about this new position?

I'm going from working at 'Tu Abogado Del Pueblo' to working at la 'Corte del Pueblo'!