SFLRLA Board for 2016
Josue Fuentes, President
Josue R. Fuentes is a Deputy District Attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently assigned to the Community Prosecution Unit where he works to prevent crime and build trust between the community and law enforcement in areas of San Jose primarily consisting of recent immigrants from Latin America. In these efforts he works to educate the community on the importance of civic engagement by practicing the values of the Broken Windows Theory to organize community clean-ups, night safety walks, and community gathering in public spaces conducive to crime. In collaboration with city agencies and non-profit organizations, he conducts gang abatement presentations to uninformed residents and mentors at-risk youth. He helped establish a multi-agency technical team to address and combat prostitution in the community. Josue also initiated an immigration fraud awareness and education program where he works with non-profit organizations to engage and educate the community on immigration fraud and other consumer protection issues.
Prior to founding Escatel Tax Law, Mr. Escatel served as Tax Counsel for the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for over ten years. As Tax Counsel, Raul successfully represented the FTB at the administrative and trial court level in a wide range of tax matters involving corporate and individual California taxpayers. Raul was also the lead attorney in developing procedures for FTB’s Criminal Investigations Unit and District Attorney Offices throughout California in tax evasion cases.
Raul is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Cal CPA and the Association of Latino Professionals For America. Mr. Escatel received a masters in tax law from Boston University School of Law and his law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Laura Hurtado is a senior associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco. Her practice focuses on securities and antitrust matters and white-collar criminal defense. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Ms. Hurtado served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Alsup, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Ms. Hurtado spent two years as an attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights focusing on homeless and immigrants’ rights litigation and policy advocacy. She co-chairs the Scholarship Committee for the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Leadership Development Committee.
Ms. Hurtado graduated from Stanford Law School in 2009 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 2004. While in law school, Ms. Hurtado was a member of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and worked as a legal intern for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Before law school, she spent two years as a paralegal in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Anderson Franco is an associate attorney at de la Peña & Holiday, where he practices general civil defense litigation, including landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury, and premise liability. In this capacity, he has represented a range of businesses, including apartment complexes, hotels, and small businesses.
He graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2013, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Business Law Journal. Before law school, he attended UC Berkeley.
In his free time, Anderson enjoys playing tennis and cheering on Cal sports.
Aurelio J. Pérez, Director at Large
Aurelio J. Pérez is proud to serve as a board member of the SFLRLA and views his service as an opportunity to help other attorneys and lawyers enjoy the same opportunities that have allowed him to succeed as a lawyer.
Aurelio is an associate attorney in Littler Mendelson’s San Francisco office, where he advises and represents employers ranging from start-ups to global corporations in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under state and federal law.
When he’s not practicing law or supporting SFLRLA’s goals, he enjoys traveling with his wife (also an attorney of color) both within and outside the Bay Area.
Claudia Lucatero, Director at Large
Claudia is currently an attorney-adviser for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) within the Social Security Administration. Her current position consists primarily of drafting decisions and rendering policy advice to Administrative Law Judges across Region 9, which includes the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Prior to joining ODAR, Claudia was a deportation defense attorney representing clients facing removal proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review. In the area of immigration law, Claudia has experience with asylums, U-visas, adjustment of status, withholding of removal, special immigrant juvenile status, and naturalizations. In 2013, Claudia obtained her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she served as president of the La Raza Law Students Association. As a law student, Claudia externed for Legal Services for Children and for the Office of the Public Defender in both Stanislaus and Contra Costa Counties.
Julian Sanchez, Director at Large
Julian Sanchez is an immigration attorney at The Law Office of Thipphavone Ark and at Immigrant Crime and Justice, APC. Julian’s practice focuses on family-based immigration, asylum, removal defense and naturalization. Julian also focuses on assisting foreign nationals to seek post-conviction relief in criminal court as well as avoid immigration consequences in pending criminal matters before state superior courts.
Julian earned his B.S. in Sociology from the California State University, Sacramento, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.