Jesus J. Peña, Esq., Peña & Kahn, PLLC
Lawyer; television, radio, and newspaper commentator; author; speaker; radio program host; former adjunct professor of law studies in Brooklyn College; professional mediator; and pro-bono lawyer for nonprofit organizations and churches, Jesus J. Peña has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for those in need of a voice in the legal system.
In the summer of 2000, he met Joel Magallan in “Don Francisco Presenta”, an Univision national TV program, and he started collaborating with Tepeyac immediately, sponsoring the Mexican Folkloric Ballet Presentation in the Manhattan Center. Later that year, he spear headed Tepeyac’s first ever fundraising event and held it at his home.
The case of Manuel Chametla typifies the many important cases that he has represented on pro-bono basis. Chametla, an 18-year-old undocumented Mexican immigrant, who was fatally shot by a former detective while working at the counter of a Food Mart Store. Initially, there were no charges filed against the former police detective. But with the collaboration of Tepeyac, Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, former General Consul of Mexico, elected officials, churches and the community, the former detective was indicted, convicted and jailed.
Through his law offices Jesus J. Peña has represented individuals, institutions, businesses and corporations over the years in both state and federal courts and in administrative law and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. The firm’s vision has always been to build a law firm dedicated to the legal needs of the community with a legal team that could speak the language of its clientele.
During the last 10 years, Jesus J. Peña has participated actively in Tepeyac’s Fundraising Committee and provides pro-bono services to the organization and some of its clients.