The Delaware campus Latin American Law Students Association
observed Hispanic Heritage Month with an outdoor event that celebrated its role in the law school community.
“We help each other and we look out for each other,” organization President Claudia Bustamante told the crowd of about 30 gathered around Geesey Mansion on Oct. 8. “We stand as one here today as a community.”
The event also drew judges and attorneys from the tri-state area. LALSA recognized two people during the event, including Thomas A. Warnock Sr., in house counsel at DuPont, and 2006 Widener Law alumnus Marcus Montejo, an attorney with Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A.
Warnock served as chef to the event, which featured a roast pig, seasoned rice, potatoes, plantains and more.
Bustamante gave a leadership award to Montejo, who also serves as president of the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association. He was one of two attorneys who won a $2 billion Delaware Court of Chancery judgment
, recently upheld on appeal, in the lawsuit stemming from Southern Copper Corp.’s 2005 acquisition of mining company Minera Mexico from its controlling stockholder Grupo Mexico.
Montejo said he is the son of a Cuban immigrant and is the first attorney in his family. He said the Southern Copper case had to do with settled principles of corporate law, which he learned at Widener. When he graduated from the law school, Montejo said, he had the practical skills necessary to add value early on to his firm.
“Not every law school gives that, regardless of how they are ranked,” he said.
Montejo encouraged the law students in attendance to put their heads down and just get through the tough school experience. And he welcomed them to draw support from the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association.
“It is a resource that I hope will add value to your lives, the way Widener Law has added value to my life,” he said.