Crossroads News

Trustee/Alumna Honored by Hispanic National Bar Association

Marisol León ’03 recognized as a top lawyer under 40.
Marisol León ’03, Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Enforcement Section, has received a prestigious 2021 HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award. Bestowed upon only 26 young Hispanic attorneys across the country, the award honors “exceptionally accomplished lawyers who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community and dedication to improving the legal profession.”

Marisol entered Crossroads in ninth grade and wrote articles on issues related to class, race, equity and global health for the student newspaper, Crossfire. She earned her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Yale and a teaching credential and master’s in Urban Education at Loyola Marymount University. After teaching in LAUSD and at Crossroads, she pursued a law degree at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating law school, she joined the Attorney General’s Honors Program at CADOJ. In 2018, she was a recipient of the Attorney General Award, which recognizes CADOJ employees who have demonstrated the highest professional work standards.

As a civil rights attorney representing the people of California, Marisol conducts large-scale civil and criminal investigations and litigates matters in which there is a pattern or practice of a violation of a civil rights law. Her focus includes immigrant rights, consumer protection, conditions of confinement in jails and immigration detention centers, police practices and Title IX. For the past four years, Marisol has also served as an adjunct professor at Occidental College, where she teaches with the Critical Theory and Social Justice Department.

In 2017, she joined the Crossroads Board of Trustees, and currently serves as Executive Vice Chair. She is also a member of the Equity & Justice Institute’s Advisory Council and mentors first-generation students through multiple organizations, including the Legal Access Education Pipeline (LEAP).

Congratulations, Marisol!