Casa Cornelia Law Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration & 2018 La Mancha Awards

October 20, 2018 @ 5:30PM — 9:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

On October 20th, Casa Cornelia will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary of quality pro-bono legal services at the annual La Mancha Awards. We hope you will join us for a night of celebration and reflection!

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25 Years of Justice with Compassion

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Due to the generosity of our friends and partners, this event is now SOLD OUT.

Thank you so much for your support!

The annual La Mancha Awards celebrates the dedication of exceptional attorneys and law firms who have a commitment to the success of Casa Cornelia's clients and their cases. This year, Casa Cornelia is delighted to celebrate its 25th anniversary during the 2018 La Mancha Awards, commemorating over 10,000 children, women and men who received pro bono legal services, were granted protections, and escaped violence and persecution in their countries of origin.

New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof will keynote the evening's program. The ceremony will honor the Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Jubilee Law Firms, and the Humanitarian, Special Recognition and Pro Bono Publico awardees. We will bring 600 of our dearest benefactors, volunteers and partners in the legal community for an inspiring evening with live music and hors d'oeuvres. Get your tickets today!

Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Charles H. Dick Jr, Esq.

Humanitarian Award
Dilkhwaz Ahmed

25th Anniversary Jubilee Awards
Cooley LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Pro Bono Publico Honoreees
Yuliya Barron, Esq.
Jennifer L. Best-Martin Esq.
John T. Brooks, Esq.
John D. Esterhay, Esq.
Jenna A. Fasone, Esq.
Lindsay Gochnour, Esq.
Drew Koning, Esq.
Tanner Konold, Esq.
Laurie K. McNamara, Esq.
Rachel E. Moffitt, Esq.
Ryan O'Carroll, Esq.
Shanna M. Pearce, Esq.
Loraine Pedowitz, Esq.
Jamie M. Ritterbeck, Esq.
Allen Rowe, Esq.
Roxanne Story Parks, Esq.
Lauren Twist, Esq.
Lisa S. Yun, Esq.

All proceeds from event tickets and sponsorships will help fund Casa Cornelia's 2018 legal programs. Your participation will fund our mission to provide quality pro bono legal services for immigrant children, victims of serious crimes and adult asylum seekers, including those who were recently separated from families.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships at various levels are critical to fund Casa Cornelia's legal programs. Your sponsorship sustains our mission of providing quality free legal representation for our clients, including immigrant children who come to the U.S. fleeing violence, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in Southern California, and adult asylum-seekers facing socio-political, religious, and ethnic persecution. Click here to view, select and process your sponsorship for the event.


Parking on USD campus on weekends is open and at no charge, but spaces are limited. Guest parking is found on the left just past the guardhouse on Marian Way. Trams to and from the Shiley courtyards and Theatre will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

We look forward to celebrating with you. Thank you so much for your support!

Many Thanks to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Tessa P Yutadco, Esq & Gerard A Trippitelli, Esq

Quixote Sponsor


Lecture Sponsor

Casa Cornelia Guardian Sponsors

Cheryl A & John M O'Meara Charitable Foundation

Holy Child School Waukegan Alumnae, Class of '55

Robert P & Mary Kay O'Meara Donor Fund

Principi & Principi Attorneys at Law

Casa Cornelia Champion Sponsors

Casa Cornelia Defender Sponsors

Veronica Ahern, Esq

Barbara De Concini, PhD & Walter Lowe, PhD

Margaret Healy

The Menard Family Foundation

The Quinn Family Foundation

Abby & Ray Weiss

Casa Cornelia Advocate Sponsors

Elizabeth Balfour, Esq & David Balfour, Esq

Sandy & Dane Bane

Teresa F Doyle, PhD

Nancy & Frank Hogan

Lucy & Steve Howell

Linda & Mel Katz

The Immaculata Parish

Marilyn (Sisolak) Manzer

Mary, Star of the Sea

Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit

Karen & Tom Mulvaney

Maria C Roberts, Esq

Sacred Heart Church

Mr & Mrs Robert E Shields

St Brigid Parish

St Patrick Church, San Diego

Deacon Jim & Frances Vargas

Casa Cornelia Ambassador Sponsors

Veronica Ahern, Esq

Carmen M Chavez, Esq and Matthew Agostinelli

Church of the Nativity

Michael Fendley - Merrill Lynch

Jane and Phillip Lacovara

Madeline and Phillip Lacovara

John McAuliffe

Mary McCrann

Catherine G Reedy

Marilies Schoepflin

Marilyn Dowe Sherry

Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton IA

St Gregory the Great Catholic Church

The Immaculata Parish

Casa Cornelia Patron of Justice Sponsors


Nancy Aeling, Esq & Dan Aeling

Margie Carroll

Diane Corcoran Leslie

Janice Deaton, Esq & Blake Harper, Esq

Marquerite Drasler

Dean Stephen Ferruolo, USD School of Law

Joan Friendenberg

Althea & Bob Howe

Helen Irza

Rosemary & Walter Johnston

Diane Leslie

Laurie & Peter Mychaels

Marlene & William O'Meara

John Pacheco, Esq

Patricia Popit Stanczak

Mary Patterson McPherson

San Rafael Parish

Jeannne & Ted Roth

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, San Diego Parish

St Pius X Roman Catholic Church

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Rose Thompson, Esq

Ann S Ver Steeg

Catherine & Scott Wallace

Mr William Wardlaw

Casa Cornelia Circle of Friends Sponsors


Helen M Bourne

Sabina & Jeffrey Burns

Alan Braun RG Alliance Group

Krysta Cordill & Brett D'Arcy

Immaculate Heart Community

Andrew Kaiser

Susan Kielpinski Crane

Mary & George Mansfield

The Market Place

Lori Mendez, Esq

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

Jennifer & Chris Morris

San Diego Jesuit Community

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary

Mary & Ron Siegrist

Sweet Pea Fund/Andrea & Michael Townsend