Board of Directors

SFLRLA Board for 2016


Josue Fuentes, President

IMG_3794Josue 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.

Josue served the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers as a board member since 2007 when he joined as a law student representative.  During his time in law school, Josue also served as the La Raza Law Student Association President at the University of San Francisco School of Law and served as the National President for the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Manuel “Manny” Alvarez, General Counsel
Print_Manny Alvarez-6222Manny Alvarez serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Affirm, Inc., a San Francisco-based technology start-up providing online point-of-sale consumer financing solutions. He oversees the company’s day-to-day legal and compliance affairs, including negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, managing corporate governance, and advising the business units on marketing, IP protection, and regulatory compliance.
Before joining Affirm, Manny was a “Founders Club” member the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. He was the lead attorney in CFPB v. Castle & Cooke Mortgage LLC, et al., the first-ever enforcement action of the Mortgage Loan Originator Compensation Rule promulgated after the 2008-2010 foreclosure crisis. Manny is also an alumni of the Consumer Law Section of the California Attorney General’s Office, where he helped achieve a $6.5 million settlement against the former-COO and the former-CEO of Countrywide Financial Corporation for their roles in the company’s predatory mortgage lending practices.
Manny began his career with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP representing insurers and other financial institutions in a variety of matters ranging from breach of contract to unfair competition claims. He holds a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law and a BA from Cornell University.
Pamela Talledo Lujan, Vice President – Membership
Pamela Talledo Lujan is Corporate Counsel at Oportun, Inc., a financial technology company based in Redwood City, California, where she focuses her practice on corporate, commercial and securities law. Prior to joining Oportun, Pamela worked as an associate attorney for Ropers, Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC representing startups and technology companies in corporate matters.  Pamela began her career in Houston, Texas, where she served as in-house counsel for an energy trading company. During law school, Pamela was an intern at PlayStation and at a travel technology startup in San Francisco where she focused on Intellectual Property and business matters.
As a native Spanish born and raised in Peru and Venezuela, Pamela has been very involved with the Latin American community in the San Francisco Bay Area and seeks to continue building ties in the community by serving on the Board of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association as well as being involved with the Hispanic National Bar Association.  In her spare time, Pamela enjoys yoga, CrossFit, skiing and cooking.
Raul Escatel, Vice President – Finance
Raul A. Escatel is a tax attorney and principal of Escatel Tax Law. His practice includes representing clients before federal, state and local tax authorities, tax planning for businesses and individuals, and estate planning.

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, Director at Large

Hurtado Bio picLaura 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, Director at Large

DSC_6314 copyAnderson 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

Perez_Aurelio_PhotoAurelio 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

FullSizeRender-3Claudia 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

FB_IMG_1455956204623~2Julian 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.