Former staff attorney returns to make strides toward Latino civil rights

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, warmly welcomed the appointment of Nancy Ramirez as Western Regional Counsel on October 1, 2007.  Prior to coming on board with MALDEF, Ms. Ramirez had served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, a non-profit legal rights organization serving indigent clients, where she managed a staff of seventeen employees and oversaw a budget of $1.1 million.

 “Nancy Ramirez brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to civil rights causes that fundamentally define the future of Latinos and California.  With Nancy Ramirez at the helm, MALDEF is primed to expand our efforts here in Los Angeles and throughout the ninth-circuit,” said John Trasviña, MALDEF President and General Counsel.

Ms. Ramirez served as staff attorney for MALDEF from 1991 to 1997, specializing in voting and language rights cases.  She later became director of the Orange County and Washington, D.C. offices of U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez, and also worked with the California Complete Count Campaign to create a statewide plan for increasing the number of Californians participating in the U.S. Census.  In 2004, she taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Law. 

Ms. Ramirez said, “I am excited to return to MALDEF to work on civil rights issues on behalf of the Latino community.  It is an honor to be affiliated with the preeminent Latino legal and civil rights organization.  I am returning to MALDEF when the fight to protect Latinos’ basic civil rights is still very much at the forefront.”

Ms. Ramirez received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. 

Founded in 1968, MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, promotes and protects the rights of Latinos through litigation, advocacy, community education and outreach, leadership development, and higher education scholarships.

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