Immigration fraud tops priority list for next bar president

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Luis J. Rodriguez won’t be sworn in until October, but he is already hitting the ground running on one of the key issues he will be focused on as State Bar president – preventing immigration fraud by attorneys.

Rodriguez joined President Patrick M. Kelly and CEO/Executive Director Joseph Dunn last month for a presentation to the Board of Trustees about the bar’s early-stage efforts. With the potential for comprehensive federal immigration reform on the horizon, there are already reports of people trying to take advantage of vulnerable clients, they said.


Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Appoints Chief of Staff and District Director

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SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, June 5, 2013) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced today the appointments of Evan McLaughlin as Chief of Staff and Humberto Peraza as District Director for the 80th Assembly District.

McLaughlin was most recently the Political and Legislative Director for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, a federation of 135 local unions representing 200,000 workers in the region. He served the Labor Council from 2008 to 2013 as the chief deputy to Ms. Gonzalez on matters involving public policy, electoral campaigns and community organizing when she headed the Labor Council. McLaughlin also served as Campaign Manager to Ms. Gonzalez’s campaign for State Assembly in 2013. McLaughlin co-founded the San Diego chapter of the New Leaders Council and serves on the boards of directors for the League of Conservation Voters of San Diego, San Diego Leadership Alliance and Empower San Diego. McLaughlin was an award-winning politics and government reporter at Voice of San Diego from the nonprofit news website’s inception in 2005 until 2008. McLaughlin resides in City Heights but will be moving to Sacramento with the new position.


Gonzalez hires head staffers

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Newly elected state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez announced yesterday (June 5) that she’ll be taking labor industry cohort Evan McLaughlin to Sacramento with her as chief of staff and installing seasoned local politico Humberto Peraza as her local district director.

McLaughlin leaves his post as political and legislative director at the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council for the new job, where Gonzalez served as secretary-treasurer and also as the public face of the labor union collective until her election. He also served as Gonzalez’s campaign manager during her Assembly run, and spent several years in the mid-2000s writing about politics and government at the Voice of San Diego.


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