Ceremony Honoring Congressman Edward Roybal on U.S. Capitol Grounds

On March 16, 2016, a tree planting ceremony commemorating Managing Partner Rick R. Olivarez’s late grandfather, Congressman Edward Roybal, took place on the U.S. Capitol Grounds.  Mr. Olivarez and OM Partner, Thomas M. Madruga, were proud to be in attendance at the planting of the red oak.  Dignitaries there honoring the late Congressman included his former colleagues Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.  The ceremony was led by Mr. Olivarez’s mother, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.

Edward R. Roybal was the first Hispanic from California to serve in Congress since 1879.  He co-founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), and founded the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).  Congressman Roybal was a powerful advocate for funding for education, civil rights, and health programs.

The tree planting marked the centennial of Congressman Roybal’s birth, which also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the CHC and NALEO.


New Laws Affecting Public Entities in 2016


With the New Year comes a spate of new laws affecting public agencies and various aspects of their day-to-day operations.  The Firm has assembled general summaries of newly enacted laws that may affect your organization.  Please click here to view the outline of new mandates taking effect this year.

For a more detailed discussion about these changes and how they may be applicable to you, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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