The California Latino Judges Association members are deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden death of Felipe Plascencia. Felipe came from humbled beginnings in Santa Ana, worked hard in school, earned a law degree and used it to fight for the rights of the accused his entire life. But he was far more than just a very successful and award winning attorney. He was a warrior for his community. Felipe fought for people of color and other underrepresented members of our community every day in various ways, including as President of the Mexican American Bar Association Political Action Committee. And he worked tirelessly to improve access to justice in our great State and to diversify the California judiciary by identifying the most qualified and most representative candidates for judicial office. CLJA members extend their heartfelt condolences to the Plascencia family. The memory of all Felipe did for his community and the entire State of California will never be forgotten.
CLJA also sends its deepest condolences to the family of Marina Villacencio. Marina, who was Felipe’s business associate, advocated for the constitutional rights of the accused and underrepresented members of the community inside the courtroom as much as she fought for the equality of their opportunities outside the courtroom. She gave a voice to those members of the community that needed it most. The strength and courage of Marina’s advocacy will be missed, but never forgotten.