The National Latina/o Law Student Association is committed to remain connected with alumni and encourage them to participate with NLLSA. Alumni interaction adds to students’ experiences and creates a strong network that benefits all of us. NLLSA strives to keep alumni informed about NLLSA events and to encourage them to share their experiences with our NLLSA chapters around the United States. We aim to create a strong NLLSA community for you to thrive and build your network.
NLLSA will be hosting a networking reception for alumni and organize a tribute to alumni via slideshow and brief remarks at the banquet during our 20th Annual NLLSA Conference on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Please complete this FORM if you are interested in attending our networking event. We plan to have photos from prior NLLSA conferences that you can share for inclusion in a slide show during the banquet. Please contact Barbara Barreno-Paschall (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to participate.
Rep. Maestas is an 11th generation New Mexican who is in his 5th term in the New Mexico House of Representatives representing Albuquerque’s west side.
As a young man, Rep. Maestas moved to Seattle, Washington, to work as community organizer at El Centro de la Raza. El Centro was founded in 1972 from an occupation of an abandoned school building. Moe then worked nights as a union machinist in a box factory while attending the University of Washington (BA ‘95). Rep. Maestas returned home to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law (JD ’98). While at UNM Law, Moe used the organizing skills he learned at El Centro and co-founded the National Latina/o Law Student Conference in 1997.
Moe was an Assistant District Attorney for five years prosecuting DWI and domestic violence cases. For the past 13 years, Rep. Maestas has managed MoeJustice Law, practicing personal injury law.
As a freshman legislator, Rep Maestas passed a bill mandating financial literacy classes in high schools and medical marijuana legislation. In the 2013 session, Rep. Maestas championed the “Breaking Bad” bill which welcomed back the film industry to New Mexico and HM 95 criticizing the Tucson Unified School District while touting Chicano Studies. Moe is leader in criminal justice reform pushing for alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders and ratcheting back the failed war on drugs. Currently, Moe is pushing for a constitutional amendment to utilize 1% of NM’s Land Grant Permanent Fund (approximately $100 million) for early childhood educational programs.
Rep. Maestas is recently married to Vanessa Alarid and has three children – step-daughter Gabriela (14), Mateo (2) and Isadora (1).
(NLLSA Chair 2010-2011)
Barbara served as Chair of NLLSA in 2010-2011 and as South Atlantic Regional Director in 2009-2010. Barbara graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. After graduation, Barbara practiced employment law at the firm Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago and was twice recognized for her work on behalf of immigrants when she received the Thomas H. Morsch Award in 2012 and 2014 for successfully representing asylum applicants.
Barbara currently is a rising second-year Master of Public Policy student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and is a recipient of the Irving B. Harris Fellowship, a full-tuition scholarship plus stipend. At the Harris School, Barbara co-founded Students for Criminal Justice Reform and serves as a student representative on the Diversity Inclusion and Advisory Board.
Barbara has served as a mentor to Latina/o youth with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and Chicago Scholars and volunteers as a lector at Old St. Patrick’s Church. In 2016, she was a Fellow with New Leaders Council and recently was selected as a New American Fellow with the New American Leaders Project.
Barbara is a native of Covina, California in Los Angeles County and a graduate of Harvard College. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Marcus.