​​​​​​​Program Highlights

The 25th Anniversary Celebration & La Mancha Awards will honor the Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Jubilee Law Firms, and the Humanitarian, Special Recognition and Pro Bono Publico awardees. The reception will host our dearest volunteeres, partners and benefactors with live music and hors d'oeuvres in the surrounding courtyards of Shiley Theatre at the University of San Diego campus. 

Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney of the Year​

Charles H. Dick, Jr. Esq.

Humanitarian Award

Dilkhwaz Ahmed

25th Anniversary Jubilee Awards
Cooley LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morrison & Foester LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Reserve Your Tickets 

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We look forward to celebrating with you!

​Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships at various levels are critical to fund Casa Cornelia's legal programs. Your sponsorship sustains our mission of providing quality free legal representation for our clients, including immigrant children who come to the U.S. fleeing violence, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in Southern California, and adult asylum-seekers facing socio-political, religious, and ethnic persecution. Click here to view, select and process your sponsorship for the event.


Casa Cornelia has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn for our out of town guests. The rooms have a special rate of $165/night from October 19 - 21. The special room rate will be available until September 26th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Click here to reserve a room.


For information on event tickets or sponsorship, contact Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti, Development Manager, at RMitsumasu@CasaCornelia.org or (619)231-7788.

Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-Prize winner and Columnist for The New York Times will keynote the La Mancha Awards. Photo by Ramin Talaie / EPA

​​Veronica Ahern, Esq.

Carmen M. Chavez, Esq. & Matthew Agostinelli

Marilyn Dowe Sherry

Jane & Phillip Lacovara

Madeline & Phillip Lacovara

John McAuliffe

Mary McCrann

Catherine G. Reedy

Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton IA

The Immaculata Parish

​​​​​Keynote Speaker  

Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize award winning Journalist and Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times, has over two decades of experience reporting on human rights violations and social injustices around the world, including Sudan, Darfur, Israel-Palestine, Libya and Iraq.

After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also an NYT Journalist, became the first husband-wife team to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement.

Kristof won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” Kristof and WuDunn have written four best-selling books: Half the Sky, A Path Appears, China Wakes, and Thunder.

Quixote Sponsors 

​Barbara De Concini, Ph.D. & Walter Lowe, Ph.D.
Margaret Healy
Quinn Family Foundation
Abby & Ray Weiss

View highlights from last year's 10th Annual La Mancha Awards here!

​​ Overview 

The annual La Mancha Awards celebrates the dedication of exceptional attorneys and law firms who have a commitment to the success Casa Cornelia's clients and their cases. This year, Casa Cornelia is delighted to celebrate its 25th anniversary during the 2018 La Mancha Awards, commemorating over 10,000 children, women and men who received pro bono legal services, were granted protections and escaped violence and persecution in their countries of origin. Reserve your passes today, we look forward to celebrating with you!

Tessa Yutadco, Esq. & Gerard A. Trippitelli, Esq.

Presenting Sponsors

Many Thanks to our Sponsors!

Guardian Sponsors

Defender Sponsors

Cheryl A & John O'Meara Charitable Foundation

Champion Sponsors

Elizabeth Balfour, Esq. & David Balfour, Esq.​

Sandy & Dane Bane

Teresa Doyle, Ph.D.

Nancy & Frank Hogan

Lucy & Steve Howell

Marilyn Sisolak Manzer

​Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit

Karen & Tom Mulvaney

​Robert and Mary Kay Shields

Frances & Deacon Jim Vargas, OSF

​​​​25th Anniversary


La Mancha Awards

October 20, 2018​, from 6 - 9 p.m.

Shiley Theatre

University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

Advocate Sponsors

Ambassador Sponsors

2018 La Mancha Awards, Lecture Sponsor