Hispanic Law Students Honor Local Lawyer

Author: Susan Good

The Hispanic Law Students Association at Notre Dame Law School celebrated excellence in the Hispanic legal community with the 14th annual Graciela Olivarez Award ceremony. The May 21 event took place in Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law.

This year’s honoree was Rodolfo “Rudy” Monterrosa, a California native and Notre Dame Law School alumnus now living and working in South Bend. As a solo practitioner, he focuses largely on criminal and immigration law. In addition to private practice, he supervises the deputy public defenders in St. Joseph County, Ind., Traffic and Misdemeanor Court, and serves as one of two bilingual deputy public defenders. “I see a big need for bilingual attorneys,” says Monterrosa, who says Wednesdays are widely known as “Spanish Day” in court, since he is the only bilingual misdemeanor defender and handles all of those cases midweek. “I’d like that to change,” he says. He also aims to open another office to provide the community with more “quality bilingual representation.” Read more about Monterrosa here: /features/alumni-spotlights/alumni-spotlight-rudy-monterrosa-01

The prestigious Graciela Olivarez Award is given in honor of its namesake, the first woman and first Hispanic student to graduate from Notre Dame Law School. The award is bestowed each year upon a Hispanic lawyer or judge who best exemplifies Olivarez’s commitment to community service and high ethical and moral standards. Read more about Olivarez here: /features/featured-stories/feature-story-remembering-graciela-1928-1987