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Honorable Cristina Silva,


Cristina is a judge with the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, Nevada. She previously served as the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, the first woman and Latina to hold that position. Prior to living in Las Vegas, she was a state prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, and previously interned for a judge on the DC Court of Appeals. Cristina earned her law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. Cristina enjoys running, traveling, hiking, enjoying the many restaurants located in Las Vegas, taking care of her two rescue poodles, reading fiction novels, and going to the movies.

Briana Martinez
President - Elect


Briana was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her Juris Doctor from William S. Boyd School of Law in 2018. While in law school, Briana served as the President and Treasurer of La Voz and on the board of other student associations. She also was the business editor for the Nevada Law Journal. In addition, Briana was a student attorney at the UNLV Immigration Clinic. After law school, Briana clerked for the Honorable Joseph Hardy Jr., Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada. She is currently is an attorney at Kaempfer Crowell practicing mainly in business, real estate, and finance transactions.

Claudio Aguayo
Immediate Past President

Claudia Aguayo is the Assistant City Attorney for the City of North Las Vegas, where she has worked since 2004. She supervises both the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the City Attorneys' Office. Her areas of practice include: labor and employment; contracts; constitutional law;
public records; open meeting law; policy analysis; and public safety administration. She has been recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in Nevada.  Claudia has received the State Bar of Nevada Volunteer of the Year Award and the International Municipal Lawyers Association Diversity and Inclusion Award.  Claudia earned her law degree from the University of California, Davis King Hall School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada.  Claudia grew up in downtown Las Vegas, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.  Her hobbies include music and travel. Claudia is fluent in Spanish.


Ellsie Lucero
Vice President of Membership

Ellsie is an attorney at Kaempfer Crowell where she handles commercial litigation and water law matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ellsie was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald J. Israel of the Eighth Judicial District Court. Ellsie graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and then earned her Juris
Doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law. While in law school, Ellsie was Executive Editor of the Nevada Law Journal, a member of the Society of Advocates Moot Court Team, and served as President and Treasurer of La Voz. In addition to her role as Vice President of Membership for the LBA, Ellsie is a Deputy President for Region XIV of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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Melissa Corral,
Vice President of Outreach

Melissa joined the Community Advocacy Office (CAO) at UNLV in June 2022.  Prior to working for UNLV, she worked at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada for four years. Melissa is licensed to practice in the State of Nevada and has vast experience in immigration and family law matters.


Prior to becoming licensed, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Linda Marquis in the Family Division of the Clark County Eighth Judicial District Court and a student attorney at the UNLV Immigration Clinic.

Melissa’s educational background includes a Juris Doctor from the William S. Boyd School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently is President of the Williams S. Boyd School of Law Alumni Chapter, our V.P. of Outreach , and Treasurer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Nevada. 


Melissa was raised in Durango, Mexico, and is a native Spanish speaker

Leo Benavides
Vice President of Finance

More soon!

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Elva Castañeda,
Vice President of Communications

David Lopez-Negrete,

Director at Large

David is a trial attorney in the Clark County Public Defender's Office.  He represents the working class and least fortunate among us when they face criminal charges.  As a Chief Deputy, his most recent assignment is to a specialty team that handles only life sentence cases.  

Born in Mexico City, David grew up in Portland, OR before attending college at New York University.  He took an active role in the Hispanic community on-campus and rose from volunteer to co-chair of La Herencia Latina, the University’s Hispanic Heritage Month Committee.  David graduated magna cum laude and earned a Founders’ Day Award for consistent evidence of outstanding scholarship.  He next attended James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona.  Balancing his studies involved competing in Jessup International Law Moot Court--later serving as student-adviser--as well as being elected as Representative, Secretary, Vice-President, and, ultimately, President of the Graduate & Professional Student Council.  Also, he clerked for Daniel Ortega, Jr. in his serious personal injury firm in Phoenix, AZ and for Hon. Philip G. Espinosa of the Arizona Court of Appeals.  David became a naturalized US citizen before graduating law school. 


David is a Huellas mentor and enjoys movies, reading, food and fitness.


Kristina Escamilla-Gilmore,
Director at Large

Kristina Escamilla Gilmore has been living in the Las Vegas community for over 20 years.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and received her Juris Doctorate from William S. Boyd School of Law.  After law school, she completed a clerkship, and then went on to focus her practice in the area of labor and employment law.  She currently works for the wonderful City of Henderson.  She has a very supportive and brilliant husband and two adorable children that keep her on her toes! In addition to balancing work and family, she enjoys actively supporting the mission of the NLBA and being a part of encouraging more Latinos to join the practice of law.


Steve Jimenez,
Director at Large

Steve is an attorney at Gonzalez & Flores Law Firm practicing civil litigation, family law, and estate planning. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law. During his tenure in law school, Steve served as the Vice-President for La Voz and also Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, representing part-time students. Steve also served as the Legislative Extern for the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus during the 79th (2017) Legislative Session. Also as an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Steve has attended and volunteered at multiple Corporate Counsel Conferences.

Sihomara Graves
Director at Large

Sihomara is an attorney at Kaempfer Crowell where she practices primarily in the areas of general and commercial litigation and estate planning. She represents individuals and businesses in litigation matters and represents manufacturers and distributors in MDLs for various product or medical device litigation. Sihomara also assists clients in the areas of estate planning, trusts, wills and probate. Sihomara earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the William S. Boyd School of Law. Sihomara served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Jennifer Togliatti, Eighth Judicial District Court for the District of Nevada.  In addition, Sihomara was a student attorney at the UNLV Immigration Clinic. Prior to joining Kaempfer Crowell, Sihomara handled a high volume of immigration matters in front of both District Court and Immigration Court as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada


Alma Orozco
Director at Large

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