MIAMI (Friday, April 15, 2011) The FIU College of Law Hispanic Law Student Association recognized prominent South Florida attorney and friend of FIU College of Law, Hector Lombana, with the 2011 Enma Tarafa Legal Excellence Award.
The Enma Tarafa Legal Excellence Award is presented annually to a distinguished Hispanic community leader and legal professional who has dedicated his or her time and efforts to legal education and student success.  This year the award is presented to Hector Lombana for his unmatched dedication to mentoring law students.

The Enma Tarafa Award is given in memory of Ms. Tarafa, an FIU law student and founding member of HLSA, who passed away during the first semester of FIU’s inaugural year.  Past recipients of the award include: Dr. Modesto A. Madique, Perla Tabares Hantman, the Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga, Professor, former Dean Ediberto Roman, the Honorable Adalberto Jordan, Richard Lorenzo, and Maria Dantes-Sanchez.

Hector Lombana Award Picture

Photo  – from left to right:
HLSA Board Member, Christina Vilaboa
HLSA Vice President,  Elizabeth Rea
FIU College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council Chairman Cesar Alvarez
FIU Law HLSA Honoree Hector Lombana
HLSA President, Aymee Gonzalez
HLSA Board Member, Cathy Plasencia


Florida International University College of Law is South Florida’s publicly supported law school. The Princeton Review ranks FIU as one of the nation’s most welcoming schools for diverse students and Hispanic Business has ranked FIU among the top ten law schools for Hispanics. The National Jurist ranks FIU among the top ten schools in the country for best value in legal education. FIU’s faculty continues to gain national prominence, most recently recognized by the Sisk Report as 3rd in Florida for Faculty Scholarly Impact. Unique among law schools, FIU places particular emphasis on integrating international law into every aspect of its curriculum.

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