LULAC and La Raza Lawyers Association Honor Crecencio Padilla
June 18, 2012
The breadth of the lineup scheduled to present Tuesday at an event honoring Crecencio Padilla is as much a testament Padilla's enduring mark as is the stature of the speakers—they include a judge, a public defender, an honorary consul for the Mexican Embassy, a county supervisor and a Salinas city councilman.
That range of expertise, encompassing legal and policy-level leadership, is illustrative of the decades Padilla's spent tirelessly fighting for civil rights for Latinos since founding a local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens in 1973.
He revisited the archives of those years, many of them dedicated to improving the stature of Latinos in the community and defending them in court, in a recent self-published book, LULAC Legacy in Monterey County.
Tomorrow Padilla, who plans to retire after he complete work on one final case, will be honored with the dedication of a Lady Justice statue at the National Steinbeck Center.
The dedication ceremony begins at noon and features the following speakers: Monterey County Superior Court Judge Albert Maldonado; County Supervisor Lou Calcagno; Monterey County Public Defender James Egar; Honorary Consul for Mexico in Salinas Blanca Zarazúa, representing the La Raza Lawyers Association; LULAC district District Martha Chavarria; and Salinas City Councilman Tony Barrera, also representing the Alisal Betterment Association.