New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2001
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Lillian Apodaca
During 1998 and 1999, Lillian C. Apodaca served as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. In this position, Lillian brought national prominence to New Mexico. Not only did Hispanic lawyers travel to New Mexico from all over the United States and Puerto Rico to attend a national convention and other meetings in New Mexico, Lillian was New Mexico's ambassador nationwide for New Mexico's distinct cultural heritage. While President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Lillian also served on the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
In this same regard, Lillian is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hispanic Culture Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The National Hispanic Cultural Center, located in Albuquerque, is the nation's premiere institution for the preservation and dispersion of Hispanic culture.
In October of 1999, Lillian was identified by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation. In January of 2000 the New Mexico Business Weekly Magazine identified Lillian among the 100 most influential New Mexicans.
During 1996 and 1997 Lillian was the President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and served on the Association's Board of Directors from 1992 through 1998. She served on the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce from 1993 through 1997 and served as the Hispano 4 Chamber's Secretary from 1994 through 1997. As a founder and director of the Hispanic Women's Council from 1990 through 1996, Lillian oversaw the publication of the book "Nuestras Mujeres: Hispanas of New Mexico 1581-1992" and served as the Council's President in 1992.
In 1995, Lillian served as chair of the TVI Labor Relations Board and from 1999 to 2001 served as Chair of Albuquerque's Labor Management Relations Board.
Lillian's community and national activities have improved the public service, as her leadership and involvement have been an example and inspiration to Hispanic youth so that they too can play a meaningful role in New Mexico's future.
Lillian is a shareholder in the law firm of Crider, Bingham & Hurst in Albuquerque where she practices in the areas of construction law, business and commercial litigation and transactions.