Mark Walbran

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In the spring of 1970 the Notre Dame Law School will break with a century old tradition and confer the Juris Doctor degree on its first woman law student, Mrs. Grace Olivarez. In a three-part story, the Observer interviews Mrs. Olivarez about her life and work.

In 1996, the Notre Dame Law School Hispanic Law Student Association awarded the first Graciela Olivarez Award to Judge Ricardo M. Urbina. Annually the association recognizes the outstanding Hispanic lawyer or judge that best exemplifies the principles and ideals of the pioneer for whom this award is named, including commitment to community service, demonstration of the highest ethical and moral standards, and dedication to justice.