The Lorenzo Patiño Banquet is held annually to honor one of UC Davis School of Law's distinguished Latino graduates, and is always one of the most anticipated events of the year.
The event honors the late Lorenzo Patiño '73, whose career exemplified the commitment to diversity and public service that defines King Hall. Patiño was a highly respected leader in Sacramento's Latino community who dedicated countless hours of service to helping the less fortunate. Patiño was one of the first Mexican-Americans appointed to the Municipal Court of Sacramento, and a co-founder of the University of Northern California School of Law, an institution dedicated to providing a low-cost legal education for working people. Though his time as an attorney, jurist, and community activist was cut tragically short, he had an enormous impact-enough to prompt La Raza member Miguel Martin '84 to found the Patiño Banquet in his honor.
In addition to paying tribute to the legacy of Lorenzo Patiño, the banquet also honors La Raza's graduating students. The Patiño Award will be presented to one or two students who exemplify extraordinary service and dedication, not only to the Latino community, but the legal community at large.
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