Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Full Circle Moment for Judge Cortes CONGRATS

The life of California's Yolo County’s first Latina judge, Sonia Cortes, has now come full circle with her official “robing.”

Cortes, the daughter of farm workers and a Winters High School graduate who went on to obtain a legal degree and become an attorney, took the oath of office before a capacity crowd in the auditorium of Pioneer High School Friday night.

“Those ambitions led my parents to settle in a small house in Winters where they would work in the fields, pick crops and think about the future of their three daughters,” she said. ... The family moved to Yolo Housing — the same migrant housing she would one day be put in charge of successfully reorganizing — “where I would watch rerun episodes of Perry Mason and think I one day, too, would be a lawyer.”

“And my road leads me to this moment, where the governor has appointed me. And here I am before you the first Latina to be appointed a judge in Yolo County,” she said. “Today is an

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's Never Too Late for Law School

Entre los más de 2.000 estudiantes que se graduaron hace un par de semanas en la Universidad Santiago de Cali, el cabello blanco de uno de ellos llamó la atención del auditorio.

Era el cabello de Miguel Ángel Ararat, de 70 años, quien culminó sus estudios de Derecho, decisión que se arriesgó a tomar a los 56, ante el pesimismo de muchos de sus amigos.

El ahora abogado Miguel Ángel Ararat celebró su título profesional junto a sus 19 nietos y cinco bisnietos. Asegura que ahora planea cursar un posgrado en derecho de familia.

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Among the 2,000 plus graduates a few weeks ago in the University of Santiago de Cali, his grey head of hair stood out and demanded attention in the auditorium.  It was the grey head of Miguel Angel Ararat, 70 years old, who completed the

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It's Not Charity

My mother is very charitable.  She always gives money to peddlers on the subway. Everyday.  

When I ask her, "How do you know they aren't using it for drugs or something other than food?"  

Her answer, "If you are really that concerned about that, then go ahead and buy them a sandwich.  Me?  I want to give them money and pray that they do the right thing."

But alas, I still felt uncomfortable being charitable.  Until NOW.  You see, with KIVA, its not a charity.  With KIVA, I'm not giving money.  I'm lending money.  It's a loan to help out a family who needs it.  For example... 

I made a loan to Maria De Jesus from El Salvador:

Maria is seeking a loan to buy two mild cows so she can make cheese to sell in the surrounding areas.  In this way she would generate income for her family.  In the future she