LLSA honors advocates for access to justice

March 09, 2016

Two attorneys who have worked to extend legal access to immigrant and migrant communities will be honored by the Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA) this week at the group's annual Latinx Community Awards.

Sandy Restrepo '12 will receive La Justicia Award and Edwardo Morfin '14 will receive the Spirit of Service Award. The reception will be held March 10 at the law school. Friends and alumni are welcome to attend.

Sandy RestrepoRestrepo is the co-founder and directing attorney of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, a non-hierarchal collective organization by and for undocumented and migrant communities working to provide legal support while building community power for migrant justice.

Before becoming an attorney, she focused on grassroots campaigns and organizing with migrant communities for education, immigration, and worker's rights.

Restrepo grew up in Santa Ana, California and is the proud daughter of immigrant parents. While in law school, she was active in LLSA and was the recipient of a Public Interest Law Foundation grant. She is the first in her family to graduate college and obtain a professional degree.

Edwardo MorfinMorfin works in private practice with Anderson Law, PLLC, practicing personal injury law and insurance litigation. Born and raised in the Yakima Valley to Mexican immigrant farmworkers, he returned to eastern Washington to try to help bring about positive change in one of the most underserved areas in terms of Latino political and legal representation.

He is very active with the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, helping organize their first free bilingual legal clinic in Pasco. He has also volunteered for several DACA legal clinics, helping Dreamers fill out and submit their applications for deferred action.

Morfin is also active in politics, serving as a volunteer commissioner for the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs.  In this role, he advises the governor's office and legislators on issues and legislation of importance to the Latino community.