Speaker Biographies

Speaker biographies are updated on a rolling basis.  Last updated: 9/27/2012

Andrés W. López  ’95 Chairman, HLSA Latino Alumni Committee
Juanita C. Hernandez ’85 Co-chair, Planning Committee
Ricardo A. Anzaldua’90 Member, Planning Committee
Andrew M. Crespo ’08 Member, Planning Committee   
Regina T. Montoya ’79 Member, Planning Committee
Alexander Acosta ’94
Filiberto Agusti ’77
Tammy Albarrán ’99
Raquel E. Aldana ’97
Gilbert Aranza ’77
Christine M. Arguello ’80
Jonathan D.  Avila ’84
Luis A. Aviles-Pagan ’92
Mario L. Baeza ’74
Orietta Barlotta
John C. Bonifaz ’92
Roel C. Campos ’79
Yvonne E. Campos ’88
Raoul G. Cantero III ’85
Norma V. Cantú ’77
Joaquin Cástro ’00
Julian Castro ’00
Diana Derycz-Kessler ’91 
Jorge L. Esquirol J.D. ’89 S.J.D ’01
Lizbeth Flores ’02
Joseph Garcia ’83
Arturo J. González ’85
Roland A. Hernandez ’82
Luz E. Herrera ’99
Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan ’95
Jorge H. Kamine ’98
Patrick D. Lopez ’88
Michael D. Marin ’94
Carlos Martinez '87
Philip R. Martinez ’82
Hugo N. Morales ’75
Rita Morales Patton ’88
Doraliz E. Ortiz ’03
Ileana Porras '89
Jessica G. Price ’08
Edith Ramirez ’92
Jorge A. Ramírez ’90
Nancy A. Ramirez ’90
Edgardo Ramos ’87
Adriana I. Reyes-Villanueva '96
Jose Rivera '13
Kim M. Rivera ’94
Todd D. Robinson
Jaime J. Rodriguez ’01
Luis E. Rodriguez-Rivera ’87
Ramona E. Romero ’88
Ana Maria Salazar ’89
Virna L. Santos ’90
Carolyn Stafford Stein ’85
Raul R. Tapia ’75
Edward Torpoco ’98
Fernando Tovar ’94
Abelardo L. Valdez  LL.M. '74
Gilbert F. Vazquez ’78
James Vigil, Jr. ’89
Patricia J. Villareal ’80
Juan E. Zúñiga ’92
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Andrés W. López ’95 Chairman, HLSA Latino Alumni Committee           
Andrés W. López is the President of The Law Offices of Andrés W. López, P.S.C., a law firm focusing on complex litigation.  Previously, he clerked for two federal district court judges, in Boston and San Juan.  Andrés is an advisor to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. He serves on President Obama’s National Finance Committee, and has hosted events for President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden.  Additionally, Andrés is the National Chairman of the Futuro Fund, a national fundraising initiative driven by a group of Latino leaders who support President Obama’s re-election. 

Andrés is a founder of the effort to create a National Latino Museum on the national mall in Washington, DC.  He is also an at-large super delegate of the Democratic National Committee, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the 2012 Democratic Convention’s Platform Committee. Andrés spearheaded the effort to secure President Obama’s historic June 2011 visit to Puerto Rico, the first time in 50 years that a sitting U.S. President visited Puerto Rico and addressed its 4 million American citizens.  In January, PODER Magazine recognized Andrés as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.

Andrés is the Chairman of the Harvard Law School Association’s Latino alumni committee. Andrés is a Founding member of the Harvard Latino Law Review and currently serves on its Advisory Board. Andrés is also the President of the Harvard Club of Puerto Rico and Co-Chair of the Harvard Club’s Schools and Scholarships Committee.

In addition to his Harvard Law education, Andrés holds a degree in government from Harvard College.

Juanita C. Hernandez ’85 Co-chair, Planning Committee
Juanita C. Hernández is a Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C, where she focuses her practice on litigation matters. Juanita received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude from Harvard University in 1982.  She is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas and the District of Columbia.  She is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; all four United States District Courts in Texas and for the District of Columbia. Juanita is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Previously, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, served in the Justice Department as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and was a litigator practicing in major law firms in San Antonio.  She clerked for the late Hon. William Wayne Justice, then Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Juanita is an experienced leader and organizer in various bar associations, professional and alumni groups both locally and nationally. She is also a seasoned speaker on litigation, employment law, and securities law as well as diversity issues. Juanita is the co-chair of the HLSA Planning Committee for the Celebration of Latino Alumni and is a founding member of the HLSA Latino Alumni Committee. She serves on the Senior Advisory Council for the HLSA and chairs the HLSA Alumnae Network of D.C.

Ricardo A. Anzaldua ’90 Member, Planning Committee
Ricardo Anzaldua is currently General Counsel for the Hartford Financial Services Group’s two largest operating divisions (Commercial and Consumer Markets), leading legal support for the Company’s Property-Casualty, Group Life and Disability operations.  He has also served as Corporate Secretary and headed the legal teams supporting the securities, corporate governance, tax, m&a, technology, bankruptcy and real estate functions.  He co-chairs the Law Department’s Diversity Committee and represents The Hartford on the Board of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation.  He is also General Counsel, pro bono, for the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an international nonprofit focused on economic and community development and empowerment in the developing world.

Prior to joining The Hartford, Ricardo was a partner with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where he began his legal career in 1990, focusing on international transactions and trade for clients including U.S. and foreign corporate entities and the finance ministries and central banks of a number of foreign sovereigns.  From 2005-2007, he chaired the firm’s Diversity Committee.  In addition to his Harvard law degree, Ricardo holds an A.B. from Brown University in Latin American studies.  He is a past chair of the Harvard Law School Association’s Latino Alumni Committee and past President of Brown University’s Latino Alumni Council.


Andrew M. Crespo ’08 Member, Planning Committee     
       
Andrew Manuel Crespo is a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he presently represents juvenile clients in delinquency proceedings.  Prior to becoming a public defender, Andrew served as a law clerk to Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Before that, Andrew was a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  In law school, Andrew served as president of the Harvard Law Review.  He was the first Hispanic elected to that post and is the only Latino to lead the Law Review in the organization's 125 year history.  Andrew graduated in 2005 from Harvard College, where he met his wife, Abigail Evans Shafroth ’08, a civil rights attorney in Washington, D.C.


Regina T. Montoya ’79 Member, Planning Committee
Regina Montoya is the Senior Vice President, External Relations and General Counsel at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. In her role at Children’s, Regina oversees several major departments, including legal affairs, public affairs, governance, government relations, community relations, and compliance/internal audit.  Previously, she served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.  She was nominated by the President to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 53rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.  Prior to joining Children’s in 2009, she was the chief executive officer of the New America Alliance.  In 2008, Regina received the La Luz Achievement Award from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and the Pioneer for Justice Award from the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Bar Foundation.  In 2007, she was named the Latina Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association. Regina earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, where she is a Trustee Emerita.  She also has served as a vice president and elected director of the Harvard University Alumni Association.

Alexander Acosta ’94
R. Alexander Acosta is the Dean of the College of Law at Florida International University. A native of Miami, Alexander earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School. After serving as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he practiced law at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis and taught at the George Mason School of Law.

Alexander returned to public service as a Senate-confirmed Member of the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency responsible for administering and interpreting the National Labor Relations Act, the principal federal statute that regulates private-sector labor relations. As a Board Member, he participated in or authored more than 125 opinions. Alexander was again confirmed by the Senate to be the first Hispanic to serve as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights, at the Department of Justice. While there, he reopened the investigation into the murder of Emmett Till.

Most recently, Alexander became the longest serving U.S. Attorney in South Florida since the 1970s, sitting as the Senate-confirmed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, which carries one of the busiest trial calendars in the nation. Under Alexander, the Southern District prosecuted a wide variety of historic matters, including the prosecutions of Jack Abramoff for fraud, of Jose Padilla for terrorism, of Charles Taylor Jr. for torture, the first torture case of its kind in the U.S., and of Cali Cartel founders Miguel and Gilberto Rodriquez-Orejuela for importation of 200,000 kilos of cocaine, which resulted in a $2.1 billion forfeiture. Alexander also targeted white collar crime, overseeing several bank-related prosecutions including that of Swiss Bank UBS, which agreed to pay $780 million and, for the first time in history, to provide the United States with the names of individuals that were using secret Swiss bank accounts to avoid payment of U.S. taxes. Alexander additionally focused on creating an innovative approach to prosecuting health care fraud, including the first Health Care Fraud strike force in the nation. These efforts made South Florida the top district in the nation for health care fraud prosecution.

Alexander serves on the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, on the Florida Innocence Commission and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Diversity in the Education Pipeline. He has received several professional recognitions, including the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education’s Legacy Award for efforts on diversity; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Excellence in Government Award and the D.C. Hispanic Bar Association’s Hugh A. Johnson Jr. Memorial Award. He has been twice selected as among the nation’s most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine, and in 2008, was selected as among the 100 most influential individuals in business ethics by Ethisphere Magazine. In addition to his leadership role at the College of Law, Alexander has a special interest in framing the national policy debate on infrastructure investment in education.


Filiberto Agusti ’77
Filiberto Agusti is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he has practiced law for more than 30 years.  Fil is recognized as one of the top restructuring lawyers in the United States by the Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers.  A top insolvency litigator, his current clients include the pilots’ union in the American Airlines reorganization, Greenberg Traurig in the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in a number of its major disputes throughout the United States. Fil often argues in the appellate courts and is a member of the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Fil is a frequent speaker and has authored articles for the Harvard Law Review, International Finance & Treasury, Natural Gas, and other publications. He is co-author of International Business Law and its Environment, an international business transactions textbook, now in its seventh edition, used in more than 100 colleges and universities around the world. With native fluency in both Spanish and English, Fil is a frequent on-camera commentator on legal issues for Univisión Television Group, Telemundo, and CNN en Español.

Fil is a long time counsel to Of Human Rights, Inc., the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aschiana Foundation, the Center for a Free Cuba, and other non-profit pro bono clients.


Tammy Albarrán ’99
Tammy Albarrán is a partner in Covington & Burling’s San Francisco office. Tammy represents companies and individuals in SEC investigations and enforcement actions, private securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, and internal investigations. The National Law Journal recognized Tammy as one of the top “Minority 40 Under 40” lawyers in the country and the Daily Journal named her to its list of “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers in California. She also has been recognized by her peers as a “Rising Star” in Securities Litigation. Tammy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. As a long-time proponent of pro bono work, Tammy utilizes her Spanish fluency to represent Spanish-speaking clients with their legal matters.

Raquel E. Aldana ’97
Raquel E. Aldana is a prolific legal scholar who joined the Pacific McGeorge faculty in 2009 after previously serving as a tenured professor at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the founder and director of the Pacific McGeorge Inter-American Program, an innovative project committed to educating bilingual and bicultural lawyers who wish to pursue a transnational career with a focus on U.S.-Latin America relations.  Raquel is active in many national organizations and serves on the American Association of Law Schools Curriculum Committee and on the Board of the Society of American Law Teachers. She has written extensively on immigration issues and on the rights of victims of state-sponsored crimes and domestic violence in the Americas. Raquel began her legal career as an associate at a large law firm in Washington, D.C., later working at the Center for Justice and International Law in the nation’s capital where she litigated cases before the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. In 2006-07, Raquel was a Fulbright Scholar at the Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where she taught several courses in the school’s human rights L.L.M. program and conducted research on femicide.


Gilbert Aranza ’77
Gilbert Aranza ’77 is President and CEO of Star Concessions, Ltd., a Food and Beverage Operator and Management Company that owns and operates food and beverage and retail concessions at airports, primarily Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  In the quick service category, Star Concessions, Ltd.’s franchised or licensed concepts include Starbucks Coffee (in partnership with Host International, Inc.), Pizza Hut, Dreyers, Taco Bell, KFC, Cinnabon Bakery, Whataburger, and East Side Mario's Italian Eatery.  In the full service category, their licensed or franchised concepts include Chili's Bar and Grill, Champps Americana Bar and Grill, Cool River Café, and Cantina Laredo.  In addition, they operate three proprietary bars (one a bar and grill), two of which are operated in partnership with an affiliate of the Dallas Cowboys organization.  Finally, they operate several Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops, a concept licensed by the Texas Stadium Corporation, home of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Prior to his restaurant management career, Gilbert was a partner with Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw, Aranza & Wulff, L.L.P., Attorneys and Counselors, and Director of First Southwest Company, Investment Bankers concentrating on the start-up of businesses in Mexico. 

Gilbert is presently a member of the Dallas Citizen’s Council, Friends of the Latino Cultural Center, Southwest Medical Foundation (Honorary Trustee), the University of Texas at Austin, Advisory Council – Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, the University of Texas at Austin, Development Board (Life Member) and the World President's Organization.

Gilbert holds a B.B.A in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Christine M. Arguello ’80
Christine M. Arguello is a Colorado native who was born in Thatcher and grew up in Buena Vista, Colorado.  In 1977, she became the first Latina from Colorado to be admitted to Harvard University School of Law.  She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980, where she served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review.

On October 21, 2008, Christine was sworn in as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.  Prior to her presidential appointment to the bench, she was the Managing Senior Associate Counsel at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she led a team responsible for advising the campus on legal issues. Prior to joining CU, Christine was a Partner at the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP where she practiced creditors’ rights law and commercial litigation, with special emphasis on employment law, including internal investigations of employment discrimination and sexual harassment.  Christine has also had experience in both academia and government sector work.  In June of 1991, she left her partnership at Holland & Hart to become an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law where she directed the School’s Trial Advocacy Program and taught bankruptcy and contract law.  In 1996, she was honored for her exceptional teaching by being the first law professor to be awarded one of the University’s most prestigious teaching awards – the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.  In April of 1998, she was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Full Professor by the University of Kansas.  She is the co-author of a casebook, Evidence: The Objection Method, which is used in numerous law schools around the country.  In January of 1999, Christine left academia to join Ken Salazar’s new administration in the Colorado Attorney General’s office.  She served as Chief Deputy Attorney General where, in addition to being the chief advisor to the Attorney General, she was responsible for the administration of the Office of the Attorney General, including budget and expenditures, personnel, information services, security, crisis control, and policy. She has taught courses at both DU Sturm College of Law and CU College of Law. 

Christine is actively involved in the Denver metro community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness.  She also heads up the Arguello Dream Team, a group of lawyers who visit local schools and institutions to talk to students about the importance of pursuing higher education, in general, and careers in law, in particular.  In the recent past, she also served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and the Stapleton Development Corporation. 

Jonathan D.  Avila ’84
Jonathan D. Avila has served as Vice President - Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer of The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California.  Jonathan supervised data privacy law compliance for the domestic and international operations of Disney’s offline and online businesses.  He has served as President of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  Jonathan graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and received a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.  Jonathan also holds a diploma from the University of Salamanca (Spain).

Luis A. Aviles-Pagan ’92            
Luis Aníbal Avilés is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where he teaches courses in European Union Law, Energy Law, International Business Transactions, Corporations and Legal Profession.  He holds a J.D. from the Harvard Law School and an LL.M. in European Law form the Université Pantheon-Assas Paris II, Mention Bien.  He also has an A.M. in Physics from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.  Luis served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico and as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority until January 2009.


Mario L. Baeza ’74
Mario L. Baeza is Chairman and CEO of The Baeza Group (TBG), a Hispanic-owned alternative investment firm specializing in managing private equity investments in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic markets. In 2006, TBG partnered with WNET/Thirteen to launch V-Me Media, Inc., the first national, Spanish-language, public broadcast network formed as a private/public venture, now available in 72 million U.S. homes and over 80% of all U.S. Hispanic households. In 2000, Mario formed AJM Records, the label responsible, among other things, for launching the career of multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer, “Ashanti”.

Mario is also founder of Baeza & Company, the first Hispanic-owned merchant banking firm to focus on the Pan-Hispanic region, and was the Chairman & CEO of TCW/Latin America Partners LLC, a pioneering private equity firm investing in Latin America and formed as a joint venture between Baeza & Company and Trust Company of the West, an asset manager with over $100 billion in assets at the time.

Earlier in his career, Mario became the first Latino or Black to start as an associate and rise through the ranks to become a full partner at a major NY law firm. As a partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, he quickly became the top billing partner of the firm, starting three new practice areas: telecommunications and new technology, ESOP leveraged buyouts, and Latin America corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and privatizations.

Mario co-founded Jazz@LincolnCenter and serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including Air Products (NYSE; APD) and Brown Shoe Company (NYSE; BSW), the Hispanic Federation and the Cuban Artist Fund. Mario is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. Appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, he currently serves as Chair of the NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission. Mario is also Chairman of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, a quasi-governmental entity funded with $250 million in order to promote and help finance economic development in Harlem and the South Bronx.

Orietta Barlotta
Orietta Barletta is the Assistant Director for Alumni & JD Advising in the Office of Career Services at Harvard Law School.  In this position, Orietta advises alumni and law students on job search strategies and career-related issues. Immediately after law school, Orietta worked as a litigation associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in NY.  She then joined the Office of Career Services at Stanford Law School, serving as Director of Judicial Clerkships and Advanced Degree Programs. Prior to starting at Harvard, Orietta also worked in professional development at a large firm in New York.  In addition to her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Orietta received her A.B. from Harvard College and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

John C. Bonifaz ’92
John C. Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Speech For People, a national campaign pressing for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and to restore democracy to the people.  John previously served as the legal director of Voter Action, and as the executive director and general counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, which he founded in 1994.  John has waged key voting rights battles in the United States for nearly two decades.  He is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. 

 

Roel C. Campos ’79
Roel C. Campos, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Locke Lord LLP and is the Firm's National Chair of Securities Regulation and Enforcement. Roel’s practice consists of advising and defending corporate management teams and boards of directors with respect to enforcement, internal investigations, prosecutions, securities and international regulation, and corporate governance.  He is a highly sought after orator and regularly serves as lead speaker for prestigious legal and business conferences around the globe.

Roel was recently named to President Barack Obama's Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board, and he was a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He was sworn in as a Commissioner of the SEC on August 22, 2002. On June 2, 2005, he was nominated by President George W. Bush for a second term, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 29, 2005.

Roel served for four years as the Commission's liaison to the international regulatory community. During his time at the SEC, he became one of the best known regulators in the world.  As the Vice Chair of the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissioners, Roel developed productive relationships with securities regulators in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. Roel also facilitated the development of international auditing and accounting standards through his work as Chair of the Monitoring Group, which oversees the setting of International Standards of Audit.

Roel has presided over hundreds of complex enforcement cases, applying the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. He also has extensively participated in the crafting and adoption of many of the SEC's recent major regulatory initiatives, including: the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, mutual fund governance and compliance rules, and the new National Market System. In addition, he has spoken and published extensively in the areas of the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, corporate governance, director liability, corporate penalties, international accounting and auditing standards, Securities Act reform, SRO and market reform, retirement investment protection, research analyst conflicts, and the internationalization of the securities markets.

Prior to being nominated to the Commission, Roel was one of two principal owner-executives of El Dorado Communications, a radio broadcasting company, at its headquarters in Houston. However, he began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. After attending Harvard Law School, he worked in Los Angeles for major law firms as a corporate transactions/securities lawyer and litigator.  Beginning in 1985, Roel served as a federal prosecutor for five years in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.  He prosecuted complex and violent narcotics cartels and, in a celebrated trial, convicted defendants for the kidnapping and murder of a DEA Agent. He also investigated and prosecuted major government contractors for fraudulent conduct. He then returned to private law practice for several years before co-founding El Dorado Communications, Inc.

Roel is a founding member of the New America Alliance, a Latino initiative for raising awareness of investment opportunities in the Latino sector in the United States.

Yvonne E. Campos ’88
Yvonne E. Campos was appointed to the Superior Court of the State of California by Governor Gray Davis.  She was sworn in on October 2, 2003.  She presides over a criminal trial department in the Central Division in San Diego and has previously presided over a criminal trial department in the South County Division in Chula Vista and a juvenile dependency department in Juvenile Court.

Prior to joining the bench, Yvonne served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of California from October 1995 to October 2003, serving as a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section.  A nationally recognized federal narcotics prosecutor, she received the U.S. Department of Justice EOUSA Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA in 2002, the Administrator’s Award from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2001 for outstanding contributions to drug law enforcement, and U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards in 1999 and 1997.  In 1994, Yvonne was awarded a White House Fellowship by President Clinton and served on the staff of Attorney General Janet Reno at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  Prior to that, she was an attorney in private practice specializing in real estate transactions, land use and environmental law with the California law firms of Morrison & Foerster (Los Angeles) and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (San Diego).  Immediately upon graduation from law school, Yvonne served as a Senate Fellow with the California State Senate (Sen. Gary K. Hart) in Sacramento.  While in college, she served as an LBJ Congressional Intern for the U. S. House of Representatives (Rep. Martin Frost) in Washington, D.C. 

A graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 1988) and Stanford University (A.B. 1985 With Distinction), Yvonne is a member of the California Judges Association (CJA), California Latino Judges Association (CLJA), the American Bar Association (ABA), California Women Lawyers (CWL), the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Lawyers Club of San Diego, the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA), the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), and the American Judges Association (AJA).  She previously served on the California Task Force on Court Facilities, the Immigration and Naturalization Service Citizens’ Advisory Panel, pro bono Staff Counsel to the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (the Christopher Commission), and as a member of the Board of Directors of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA).  She is an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association and a visiting instructor at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.  She is admitted to the California State Bar, the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, and is admitted to and has practiced before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court in the Central and Southern Districts of California.

A native Californian, Yvonne has hiked Mt. Whitney (tallest mountain on the lower 48 states), Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Jacinto, and she enjoys reading, traveling, photography, hiking and spending time with her husband, their two children and the family dogs.

Raoul G. Cantero III ’85
Former Justice Raoul G. Cantero is a partner in the White & Case’s Litigation Practice.  Raoul leads the Miami Appellate Practice, in addition to focusing on cross-border disputes relating to Latin America.  Since 1995, he has been Board-certified by the Florida Bar in appellate practice.  He is also a certified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 2002 by then-Governor Jeb Bush, Raoul was the first justice of Hispanic descent and one of the youngest ever to sit on the Court.  In his six years as a justice, he heard hundreds of appeals and authored well over 100 majority, concurring and dissenting opinions, by definition involving precedent-setting and evolving areas of law.  For example, he authored the Court's opinion invalidating the gaming compact executed by Governor Charlie Crist with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its unanimous opinion holding that the waiver of the Florida homestead exemption in an unsecured agreement is unenforceable.  He was also the sole dissenter in a decision of the Court holding that under the Federal Arbitration Act, a party may avoid arbitration by arguing that the contract in which the arbitration clause is contained is illegal — a decision the United States Supreme Court later reversed, thus adopting Raoul’s position.

Raoul chaired the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism for six years.  He also has been an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law.

Before his Court appointment, Raoul was in private practice for 14 years in South Florida, specializing in civil and criminal appeals, during which he handled more than 250 appeals and more than 100 oral arguments in all five District Courts of Appeal of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court and several U.S. Courts of Appeals.  He also chaired the City of Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board for four years.

In 2007, Mr. Cantero was honored by the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) with the creation of an endowment in his name. The Justice Raoul G. Cantero, III Diversity Enhancement Scholarship at Florida State University was created to financially assist those who share in CABA’s mission to promote equality of its members and increase diversity in the judiciary and in the legal community.


Norma V. Cantú ’77
Norma Cantú brings exceptional practical and policy-making experience to her new joint appointment in the Education and Law Schools at the University of Texas. For eight years, she served as the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, where she oversaw a staff of approximately 850 in implementing governmental policy for civil rights in American education. Within the first two years, her office increased the number of illegal discrimination complaints resolved by 20%; more than a third of the cases were disposed of without adversarial proceedings based on voluntary corrective action. By her final year in office, the number of cases resolved each year had risen almost another 20%.

Prior to her service as the nation's chief civil rights enforcer in the educational arena, Norma worked for fourteen years as regional counsel and education director of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In that capacity, she litigated scores of important cases affecting educational funding, disability rights, student disciplinary policies, access to special services for English-language learners, and racially hostile environments.

Norma graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas-Pan American at the age of 19, taught high school English, and then enrolled at Harvard Law School, where she graduated at the age of 22.

Joaquin Castro ’00
Joaquin Castro is a Texas State Representative from San Antonio, and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 20th Congressional District of Texas.  Joaquin has worked in the Texas Legislature for five terms and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee.  In the Legislature, he has passionately fought to improve the quality of higher education in Texas and to expand access and affordability for students.  He has also worked tirelessly to improve literacy rates, combat teen pregnancies and reform the juvenile justice system.  In addition to his work in the Texas Legislature, Joaquin practices law in San Antonio. He has also taught as a visiting professor of law at St. Mary's University and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University in San Antonio. He currently serves on the board of Achieving the Dream and the National College Advising Corps.  Joaquin received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Julián Castro ’00
Julián Castro is a San Antonio native, and is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. First elected on May 9, 2009, Julián handily won re-election in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote.  Throughout his tenure, he has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across the spectrum.

As mayor, Julián created SA 2020, a community-wide visioning effort turned nonprofit that has galvanized thousands of San Antonians around a simple, but powerful vision for San Antonio ­– to create a brainpower community that is the liveliest city in the nation. Under his leadership, the city in 2010 opened Café College, a one-stop counseling center offering advice on financial aid, college admissions and standardized test preparation to any student in the San Antonio area. In its first year, Café College served more than 5,000 area students, spurring an expansion of the facility in 2011.

Julián also has brought renewed focus to revitalizing the city’s urban core, including the underserved East Side of San Antonio, by approving a series of incentives to spur inner city investment. Those efforts culminated with his being named “2010 Downtowner of the Year” by the Downtown Alliance.  

In March 2010, Julián joined executives from Google and Twitter in being named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders.  Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics. Julián also serves on the board of directors of the National League of Cities, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue. In 2005, he founded The Law Offices of Julián Castro, PLLC, a civil litigation practice. In addition to his community service, Julián has taught courses at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, and St. Mary’s University.

Julián earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University with honors and distinction in 1996 and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2000. In 2001, at the age of 26, Castro became the youngest elected city councilman at that time in San Antonio history. He is married to Erica Lira Castro, an elementary school teacher, and they are the proud parents of Carina, born in March 2009. Julián’s brother, Joaquin, serves in the Texas House of Representatives.


Diana Derycz-Kessler ’91 
Diana Derycz-Kessler is the Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of The Los Angeles Film School, a college dedicated to hands-on training in Film, Recording, Game and Animation.   Diana grew what was once a small school into an accredited degree granting college that teaches media arts based on the latest technologies.    Her graduates have gone on to become premier filmmakers and recording artists.  Diana also is principal of various investment companies that are co-owned with her husband Paul Kessler.   These companies invest in emerging public and private companies in a variety of sectors including technology, bio-technology, and oil and gas.  One of these companies is StartEngine, a technology incubator in Los Angeles that is currently developing more than 30 companies.  Diana is an avid promoter of young filmmaking talent and has executive produced a variety of independent feature films.  Prior to her current role, Diana was a corporate lawyer servicing the international oil and gas, and financial communities.   She worked as a fashion model during her school years.  Diana is fluent in Spanish and has lived in more than 10 cities around the US and world.   She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.), Stanford University (M.A.), and University of California, Los Angeles.

Jorge L. Esquirol J.D. ’89 S.J.D ’01
Jorge Luis Esquirol is a professor of law at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He was a founding faculty member and founding Director of International Programs of the FIU College of Law, beginning in 2002.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, during the fall 2011; Visiting Research Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies in spring 2008; a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami, School of Law in spring 2002; Associate Professor at Northeastern University School of Law from 1997-2002; Director of Academic Affairs at Harvard Law School’s Graduate Program from 1992-1997; Associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York City from 1990-1992; and law clerk to the Honorable Stanley Marcus in Federal District Court in Miami from 1989-1990.

Jorge has also been a resident scholar at the Université de Paris X, Nanterre, France in fall 2001; and a visiting researcher at the Constitutional Court of Colombia in fall 1998.  He frequently guest teaches at La Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia; the University of Perugia in Italy; the Institute of Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School; and other institutions. He has a J.D. (’89) and an S.J.D. (’01) from Harvard Law School and a B.S.B.A. (’86) in Finance from Georgetown University. 

Jorge writes in the areas of comparative law, legal theory, internationally-sponsored law reform, and law in Latin America. He is the author of The Failed Law of Latin America in the American Journal of Comparative Law (January 2008) and has published widely in various law journals.  He has developed a series of works on legal theory and law reform in Latin America under the theme of “Fictions of Latin American Law,” with publications in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. His most recent work includes an article in the American University International Law Review (2011); a chapter in the Oxford Manual on the History of International Law, Oxford University Press (2012); and a forthcoming book in Spanish with the University of Los Andes Press, in Colombia.

 
Lizbeth Flores ’02

Lizbeth Flores is a member of Skadden’s corporate and Latin America practices and has represented clients in financings and mergers and acquisitions of companies in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia. She also has extensive experience in private equity and syndicated lending transactions, including by multilateral organizations.

Prior to joining Skadden, Lizbeth worked as an associate in the Miami, New York and São Paulo offices of two international law firms from 2002 to 2008, where she represented major multinational corporations and international investment banks. Lizbeth’s representations, including prior to joining Skadden, involve numerous clients in cross-border transactions.


Joseph Garcia ’83
Joseph Garcia brings a passion for education and public service to Colorado.  Serving as both second in command to Gov. John Hickenlooper and as the Executive Director of the Department of Higher Education, Joseph leads the administration’s education reform initiatives for children of all ages.  Before he was elected Lieutenant Governor, he was president of Colorado State University – Pueblo and Pikes Peak Community College. He has been actively involved in numerous civil rights, educational and cultural organizations, including YMCAs of Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver, Pikes Peak Legal Aid, the Colorado Springs and Pueblo Economic Development Agencies, The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (where he served as Board President), and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. He earned a business degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. An avid mountain biker in the summer and snowboarder in the winter, Joseph and his family could not imagine calling anywhere but Colorado their home.

Arturo J. González ’85
Arturo J. González is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department.  He is a trial lawyer specializing in high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation.  Arturo has successfully defended three trials where the plaintiffs sought more than $1 billion in damages and also secured four verdicts in excess of $10 million.  He is an associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and served as the 2010 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Arturo has been consistently recognized for his trial and litigation skills by his peers and various legal publications, including The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Daily Journal, Chambers USA, and Legal 500 US


Roland A. Hernandez ’82
Roland is the founder and CEO of Hernandez Media Ventures, a company dedicated to media investments. Prior to founding Hernandez Media Ventures, he was the Chairman and CEO of Telemundo Group, the Spanish language television network and station group. Roland sits on the boards of directors of Sony Corporation, US Bancorp, MGM Resorts International (where he is Presiding Director), and Vail Resorts (where he is Presiding Director).  He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School and the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University.  Roland completed an A.B., cum laude, at Harvard College in 1979 and a J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1982.  He and his wife, Margarita, have three children and reside in Pasadena, California.


Luz E. Herrera ’99
Luz E. Herrera is an attorney, a professor and a community innovator.  She is an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego, California where she recently launched the Small Business Law Center - a clinical program that provides legal services to micro-entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

With her invaluable ability to connect with persons at all levels of national leadership and challenge the existing legal services paradigm, Luz brings innovative ideas to address the access to civil justice gap and calls for the inclusion of all sectors of the profession in a new legal services paradigm. She is leaving her mark in the legal profession and throughout communities nationwide. In 2005, Luz founded Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Compton that facilitates the provision of affordable legal services to underserved communities through community legal education and self-help legal clinics staffed by a network of volunteer attorneys and non-attorney volunteers that support their efforts.

Through her work with Community Lawyers and in establishing the Small Business Law Center at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Luz is pioneering a model to support public spirited, entrepreneurial lawyers in their efforts to launch successful law practices that assist clients and seek to strengthen communities.  Her experience as a solo practitioner in a low-income community has informed her passion for educating individuals about attorneys as business owners. She has been instrumental in developing an attorney incubator program at TJSL to help attorneys start and develop their own law practices.

Luz’s efforts are informed by her service with other organizations that have a pulse on legal service delivery in California and across the United States.  She currently serves on the American Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, the board of California Rural Legal Assistance, the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee, and is on the advisory board of the California Lawyer magazine. 

She has been featured in articles on community legal services for publications that include the Daily Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Compton Bulletin. In 2009 she was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 attorneys in California and the ABA Journal identified her as one of the top 50 lawyers remaking the legal profession. Recent acknowledgements include the Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award  from the Mexican American Bar Association (Los Angeles), the Guardian de Justicia Award presented by the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, the Francisca Flores Community Service Award from the Latina Lawyers Bar Association (Los Angeles) and a Mujeres Destacada award from La Opinion newspaper. 

Luz grew up in Whittier, California and is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.


Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan ’95
Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan is a partner at the Monument Policy Group, a government relations and strategic consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where her practice focuses on technology, media, security, privacy, commerce, and sports. Previously, Jessica was the Staff Director and General Counsel for the House Committee on Homeland Security, where she oversaw the legislative, policy and oversight activities of the Committee’s staff and was a liaison to House and Senate Leadership and the White House. Jessica also has served as Senior Counsel to the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section at the Justice Department and as an associate at the law firm Crowell & Moring.  She currently serves as the Fellow for cybersecurity and innovation at the think-tank Center for National Policy.  In addition to her degree from Harvard Law School, Jessica holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University.


Jorge H. Kamine ’98
Jorge H. Kamine is a counsel in the Energy and Infrastructure Projects Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  His global practice focuses on all aspects of structuring, developing and financing international energy and infrastructure projects and the acquisition and divestiture of energy and infrastructure assets.  He has worked on transactions around the world with extensive experience working in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Prior to joining Skadden, Jorge served as counsel in the Latin America and Caribbean practice group at The World Bank after being an associate at another international law firm.

Patrick David Lopez ’88
David Lopez was sworn in on April 8, 2010 as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  He was nominated by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010.  David is the first field trial attorney to be appointed as General Counsel.  He has served in the Commission on various capacities for the past 17 years, including as Supervisory Trial Attorney and Special Assistant to then-Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas.

As General Counsel, David oversees the Commission’s federal court litigation of the 15 EEOC district offices.  During his tenure, David has devoted significant time to develop a formidable systemic program nationwide as well as build a strong trial program. He has extensive experience in this area, having developed large, high-impact cases and successfully trying several cases on behalf of the EEOC.  He has won significant jury verdicts against Alamo Rent-a-Car (the first post-9/11 backlash religious accommodation case brought by the EEOC), Go Daddy (a national origin (Moroccan), religion (Muslim), and retaliation case), and AutoZone (CV 06-926-PHX-SMM, an egregious sexual harassment case), to name a few.

In addition, David is the Co-Chair of the committee charged with developing the Commission’s Strategic Enforcement Plan.  He is also the Chair of the Commission’s Immigrant Worker Team, a team tasked with identifying ways to strengthen EEOC’s enforcement and outreach on the cross-cutting issues affecting workers of foreign national origin or perceived to be of foreign national origin. 

Under his leadership, the Commission has been at the forefront of combating discrimination affecting immigrants and underserved communities.  During this past year, the EEOC filed and settled several suits nationwide on behalf of individuals of a foreign national origin or perceived to be of foreign nationals, such as EEOC v. Signal International (S.D. Miss.) (national origin harassment of East Indian workers on H-2B visas), EEOC v. Global Horizons (D. Haw. and E.D. Wash.)(national origin harassment and retaliation against Thai workers on H-2A visas), EEOC v. Evans Fruit (E.D. Wash.)(class sexual harassment and retaliation of farmworkers), EEOC v. Giumarra Vineyards (C.D. Cal.)(sexual harassment of indigenous Mexican farmworkers), EEOC v. Di Mare Ruskin (M.D. Fla.)(sexual harassment of farmworkers), EEOC v. DHL (N.D. Tx.)(class national origin (Latino) harassment), and EEOC v. Koch Foods (S.D. Miss.)(class sexual and national origin (Latino) harassment).

Immediately prior to joining the Commission, David was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. between 1991 and 1994. In this capacity, he litigated employment discrimination cases against state and local governments in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States on behalf of the Department of Justice. Between 1988 and 1991, David was an Associate with Spiegel and McDiarmid in Washington, D.C., where he practiced anti-trust and administrative litigation.

David graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988 and graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University in 1985, with a B.S. in Political Science.  In 2011, Hispanic Business named him to its list of 100 influentials in the Hispanic community.

David has been married 22 years to Maria Leyva. They have three children, Javier David (16), Julian Diego (14), and Luis Andres (11).

Michael D. Marin ’94
A former Vinson & Elkins litigation partner with 18 years of experience, Michael D. Marin joined Boulette & Golden LLP as a partner in 2010. Michael serves as lead counsel on business litigation and employment litigation matters in federal and state courts across Texas. In addition to business litigation, Michael’s practice includes representing employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including litigation defense, non-compete litigation, wage claims, federal and state agency compliance, training, employment contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and internal investigations.

Michael has tried several first-chair jury trials that have resulted in favorable verdicts for his clients, won numerous cases on dispositive motions, and achieved favorable settlements in a broad range of matters. Michael has represented clients from a broad spectrum of industries, including Internet, media, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, nutritional supplements, retail, computer, telecommunications, government contracts, public finance, lease finance, construction, insurance, real estate, energy, and professional services.

Michael has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America from 2009 through the present, as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly from 2007 through the present, and he has been rated AV® Preeminent™ by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system for more than 5 years. A well-respected leader in the legal profession, Michael has held prominent positions in local, state, and national bar associations, and he has lectured and authored numerous articles on the American Jury System, litigation, and employment law.

Before practicing law in Austin, he earned his B.A. in Political Science from The University of Texas at El Paso, an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.

 

Carlos Martinez ’87           
Carlos Martinez is a Partner and head of the Latin America Practice Group for Proskauer. Carlos has over twenty years of experience in Latin American cross-border transactions. He has participated in numerous debt and equity securities offerings by Latin American issuers, representing issuers, selling stockholders and underwriters. In the mergers and acquisitions area, Carlos has represented acquirers, investors and target companies in several cross-border transactions. He also represents creditors and borrowers in a wide range of other financial transactions, including bank lending, project finance, asset-backed financings and restructurings.

Several of Carlos's transactions were “first-of-a-kind,” including some which were awarded “Deal of the Year” honors by specialized publications such as Latin Finance and Project Finance Magazine. Chambers Latin America recently referred to Carlos as a “well-respected generalist” who is “one of the best names in top-end bond work.”

Carlos has written articles on privatization capital markets, free trade agreements and restructurings in Latin America. He has also lectured on the legal aspects of international finance at several symposia and universities.

 

Philip R. Martinez ’82
Judge Philip R. “Phil” Martinez currently serves as United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas in the El Paso Division. He was nominated to that position in 2001 by President George W. Bush, upon the recommendation of Senator Phil Gramm and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He previously served as Judge of the 327th Judicial District Court (1992 - 2001), and as County Court at Law Judge in El Paso County, Texas (1991).

He is a native El Pasoan, having attended local public schools and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1979. He also graduated from Harvard Law School in 1982.

Philip has been active in numerous professional and community organizations throughout his professional career, and is an author and frequent lecturer at legal education conferences. He has also received numerous honors and awards.


Hugo N. Morales ’75
Hugo N. Morales, received his B.A. from Harvard College 1972, and his J.D from Harvard Law School in 1975. He is the Executive Director and co-founder of Radio Bilingüe (1976), the national Latino public radio network, and a pioneer and advocate for minority controlled public media.  Hugo is a Mixtec Indian from rural Oaxaca, Mexico.

Since its founding, Radio Bilingüe has been a leader in public broadcasting news and information for Latinos in the United States. It produces and broadcasts Noticiero Latino, a five minute news service in Spanish, and Linea Abierta, a one-hour live interactive talk show that is the Latino platform for a conversation on the most pressing issues of the day, including in-depth coverage of recent Supreme Court decisions and live coverage of Mexico’s national election. Radio Bilingüe owns and controls 11 full-power FM radio stations in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico with expansion into Texas.

Radio Bilingüe has also conducted in-depth research for the Los Angeles area on the potential for a cross-generational bilingual media service as well as a cross-ethnic media platform.

Among Hugo’s recognitions have been the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  He serves on several foundation boards including The San Francisco Foundation and Rosenberg Foundation. He has also recently been appointed trustee of the California State University system, the largest public university system in the United States.

 

Rita Morales Patton ’88
Rita Morales Patton is Assistant General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  She oversees the Cartoon Network Studios legal department and handles business and legal affairs matters in connection with the development and production of original animation and live action programming for Cartoon Network.

Prior to joining Cartoon Network, Rita served as SVP of Programming and Chief Legal Officer for start-up cable network SíTV (now known as Nuvo TV), an English language Latino-themed basic cable network.  Immediately prior to her role with SíTV, Rita ran her own Programming and Business Affairs Consulting firm, with College Sports Television and SíTV as her primary clients.  Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Oxygen Media, Senior Counsel for HBO’s Original Programming Department, and Assistant General Counsel for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Theatrical Legal Department.

Before her in-house roles, Rita spent several years in private practice as a corporate attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Phillips and as an entertainment transactional attorney with the boutique entertainment firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

Rita is a 1988 graduate of Harvard Law School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis in 1984.

Rita is a member of the Executive Committee for Turner Women Today LA, a business resource group serving Turner’s Los Angeles-based women employees.  Rita also serves as Vice President of Advocacy for and Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy.  She has also served on the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Design Review Board for her historic neighborhood, Lafayette Square, for over a decade.

Doraliz E. Ortiz ’03
Doraliz E. Ortiz de Leóncurrently works as Group Legal Advisor for the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) LLC in Dubai, UAE, where she has been living for the last three years.  Previously, Doraliz was an Associate at the law firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP in Atlanta, GA, where she handled aviation reinsurance claims throughout the United States and Latin America.  Doraliz served as Assistant Solicitor General at the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, where she represented the Government in all aspects of appellate litigation before the state and federal courts.  She also completed a Clerkship at the U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico.  While at HLS, Doraliz earned the Chayes Fellowship for International Service and went on to work at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.  In addition to her law degree, Doraliz holds a B.S. in Biology, magna cum laude, from the University of Puerto Rico, having done her honors thesis at UCLA.

Ileana Porras ’89

Ileana Porras, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, at the University of Miami School of Law, holds a B.A. Honors from the University of Leeds in English Literature and Philosophy, an M. Phil. in Criminology from Cambridge University and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School (1989). In 1991-2 she was awarded a Ford Fellowship in International Law at Harvard Law School, during which time she also served as Costa Rican Delegate to UNCED 1992. In 1992-3 she served as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School and taught international environmental law.

From 2008-2010 Ileana was Visiting Professor at the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University and Director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes. She has been Visiting Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and at Boston College Law School. She was Professor of Law at the University of Utah from 1993-1999. She has also taught at the Universidad de la Paz, San José, Costa Rica, at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki and since 2005 she has taught regularly at the Faculté de Droit, Université Paris V, France. Ileana teaches in the fields of international law, (including international legal theory, European Union law, the international law of sustainable development, international environmental law, and trade and environment) and property law. Her scholarship in international law has been primarily concerned with issues of violence, colonialism, trade, and the environment. Most recently her work has focused on the subject of the city and sustainable development. Her most recent publication was Liberal cosmopolitanism or cosmopolitan liberalism (Cambridge Univ. Press 2011).

Jessica G. Price ’08
Jessica G. Price is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Southern California. She has focused on inmates' rights and access to religious accommodations, and equality of educational opportunity for English learner students. She grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Crenshaw High School before she graduated with Honors in Sociology with Political Science from Yale College. After college, she served as a Public Benefits Advocate for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.  At Harvard Law School, she was an editor for the Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review. Before joining the ACLU, she clerked for the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana, and for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Edith Ramirez ’92
Edith Ramirez is a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission.  At the FTC, Commissioner Ramirez works to combat deceptive, unfair, and anticompetitive practices.  Prior to joining the Commission, Edith was a partner at the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she handled intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and Lanham Act matters.  She served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review while at HLS and holds a degree in History from Harvard College.


Jorge A. Ramírez ’90
Jorge A. Ramírez is Associate Dean for International Programs and a Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas.  His teaching and research has focused on public international law and international trade.  He manages the law school’s international study abroad programs and their LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies.  Prior to teaching, Jorge served as a commercial litigator with the firm of Susman Godfrey in Houston; as Managing Attorney for the Farm Worker Health and Safety Project at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Weslaco, Texas; and finally as Executive Director and Acting General Counsel of the Texas Democratic Party.  He served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review while at HLS and holds a degree in Economics from Harvard College.


Nancy A. Ramirez ’90
Nancy A. Ramirez is the Western Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights law firm.  As Regional Counsel, she oversees the litigation and public policy priorities for the western states. The regional office represents Latinos in education, employment, voting rights, and immigrants’ rights cases. 

Nancy is co-lead counsel in Fisher, Mendoza et al. v. Tucson Unified School District where she represents Latino students in this longstanding desegregation lawsuit filed by MALDEF in 1974.  In 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s finding that Tucson Unified School District had achieved unitary status and remanded the case to the District Court to develop a unitary status plan that would provide equal educational opportunities for the District’s African American and Latino students.  She is lead counsel in C.A. v. Bear Valley Unified School District, et al., a Title VI national origin discrimination lawsuit against the school district and a teacher who singled out and berated in class a seventh grader on the basis of her national origin.  Under her leadership, MALDEF successfully represented the largest number of victims of police misconduct during the immigrants’ rights rally at MacArthur Park on May 1, 2007, in Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network v. City of Los Angeles.  As a voting rights staff attorney for MALDEF from 1991-1997, Nancy handled redistricting and Voting Rights Act challenges to discriminatory election systems.

From 2005 to 2007, Nancy was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a nonprofit community law office in Boyle Heights that provides free legal services to indigent residents of Los Angeles County. She managed a staff of 17 and a budget of $1.1 million.  From 2001 to 2005 she was the LACLJ’s Managing Attorney for the Consumer Unit representing victims of consumer fraud.  She also represented victims of domestic violence in their family law cases.  She currently sits on the board of directors for the LACLJ, where she has served since 2007.

Nancy was the Director of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s Orange County and Washington D.C. offices from 1997 to 1999 and Director of Outreach for California’s 2000 Census Campaign.  In addition, she taught legal writing at the University of Southern California Law School in 2003-2004.  In May 2011, Governor Brown appointed Nancy to serve on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.   

Nancy is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1987 graduate of U.C. Berkeley.  She resides in Monterey Park with her husband, attorney David Garcia.


Edgardo Ramos ’87
Edgardo Ramos is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  He was confirmed on December 5, 2011 and entered on duty on December 15, 2011.  Prior to his confirmation, he was a partner in the White Collar and Internal Investigations department of Day Pitney LLP, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, and an associate in the litigation department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.


Adriana I. Reyes-Villanueva ’96

Adriana I. Reyes-Villanueva is an in-house counsel for PepsiCo, Inc., a Fortune 50 company and a world leader in the manufacture and sale of snacks, foods, and beverages. With revenues of $60 billion and over 285,000 employees, PepsiCo owns some of the world's most popular brands, including Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Lay's, Doritos, Tropicana, Gatorade, and Quaker.  Based in Chicago, IL, Adriana currently serves as Chief Counsel in the U.S. for The Quaker Oats Company and Gamesa USA.  She is responsible for advising and representing internal clients leading the Quaker, Rice-A-Roni, Near East, Aunt Jemima, Mother’s and Gamesa brands in a variety of matters involving U.S. federal and state laws while also providing functional expertise in food labeling, advertising, and marketing laws. 

A 12 year veteran of the Company, Adriana previously worked as a labor and employment attorney at PepsiCo and at The Quaker Oats Company prior to its acquisition by PepsiCo.  She also previously worked as a labor and employment attorney at Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholtz and at Jenner & Block in Chicago.

Adriana received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.


Jose Rivera '13
Jose Rivera is a current student at Harvard Law School and is the president of La Alianza. He conducts research for the Sustainable Economies Law Center and the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation. Previously, Jose was a teacher in East Harlem, New York through Teach for America. Jose has also been a law clerk at the law firms of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Ropes & Gray. In addition to his Harvard Law education, Jose holds a bachelors degree from Yale University in political science and a masters degree from CUNY-Lehman College in teaching


Kim M. Rivera ’94

Kim Rivera joined DaVita, Inc. as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary in 2010.  DaVita Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and a leading provider of kidney care, as well as the largest operator of medical groups and physician networks in the United States.  DaVita also operates 15 outpatient clinics in three other countries.  Kim has extensive experience in business litigation, corporate law, international law and compliance. She began her practice in the litigation group at Jones Day.  Following her time at Jones Day, she joined Rockwell Automation where she served as Vice President Law and Chief Litigation Counsel. Kim also served as Vice President & Associate General Counsel – International and Compliance for The Clorox Company. In that role Kim was responsible for Clorox’s global compliance program, the delivery of legal services to its international businesses, and oversight of litigation and employment law matters. Kim is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.


Todd D. Robinson
Todd D. Robinson is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East (AME) in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the Department of State.  He directs INL policies and programs for the Western Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East.  He oversees an active assistance portfolio of over $2 billion dollars.  He is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, having joined the State Department in 1986.  Prior to this assignment Mr. Robinson served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Consul General in Barcelona, Spain, and was the Chief of the Political and Economic Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania. Before that, he was Deputy Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic 2000-2003. Other overseas postings include La Paz, Bolivia (1997-1999), the Holy See, Vatican City (1995-1997), Rome, Italy (1993-1995), San Salvador, El Salvador (1989-1991), and Bogotá, Colombia (1987-1989). Mr. Robinson has also served in the State Department Operations Center and as a Special Assistant to former Secretary of State Albright. In 1991, Mr. Robinson was the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. Mr. Robinson was a journalist before joining the Foreign Service. He is a proud graduate of the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Class of 1985.


Jaime J. Rodriguez ’01
Jaime J. Rodriguez is currently Vice President, Business Affairs with Univision Communications Inc. where he is part of the business unit that oversees the distribution of all Univision video content.  His team oversees the retransmission of two broadcast networks and the distribution of ten cable networks and the UVideos digital network application on all platforms.  He previously worked in the Univision legal department where as Senior Legal Counsel he represented all divisions of the company including the television, radio, online and music groups.   Prior to joining Univision, Jaime was a corporate attorney with Paul, Hastings and before that, he was an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. 

Jaime is a board member of the Ford Theatre Foundation, has extensive experience working in the field of adoptions with Public Counsel and was recently elected to the national board of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.  He also currently serves the City of Los Angeles as a City Commissioner with the board overseeing the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.


Luis E. Rodriguez-Rivera ’87
Luis E. Rodríguez-Rivera is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law where he teaches International, Federal and Puerto Rico Environmental Law courses and seminars, as well as on the Law of the Sea. He has also lectured on Comparative Environmental Law at the University of Fribourg’s Faculty of Law, Switzerland, and the University of Barcelona, Spain.  He has published works in various academic journals, books, magazines, and newspapers, and frequently offers lectures and conferences both in and outside of Puerto Rico.  Luis’s recent scholarship has focused on the human right to environment, nuclear law and the Law of the Sea.

From 2006 through 2010, he served as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to usher the Island into the knowledge economy, a science-based economic paradigm whose epicenter lies in research and development.  Prior to that, Luis was appointed Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources serving as such from 2002 through 2004.  Other positions he has held in government include: Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Solid Waste Authority; Director of the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Financing Authority; Legal Advisor on Environmental Matters for the Puerto Rico Government Development Bank; and Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, in Boston, MA.

Participation in professional activities include:  member of Puerto Rico’s delegation to the 2002 United Nations’ World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa; head of Puerto Rico’s delegation to the Preparatory Meetings for the United Nations’ World Summit on Sustainable Development in Río de Janeiro, Brazil; member of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force; president of the Interagency Committee for the Development of the Integrated Plan for Water Use for Puerto Rico; member of the Advisory Board on Puerto Rico Energy Matters, and many more. In addition to his J.D. from Harvard Law School Luis holds a B.A. from Yale University and a LL.M. from the University of Cambridge.


Ramona E. Romero ’88
Ramona E. Romero is the General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture, where she is the principal legal advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack and other Department officials. President Obama nominated her on June 28, 2010 and she was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on December 22, 2010. Ramona serves as the Chief Legal Officer of the USDA and oversees the work of about 300 legal professionals who provide legal advice and support to all components of the Department.  She reports directly to the Secretary.

Before joining the Administration, Ramona was a Corporate Counsel at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont), where she provided legal oversight for the acquisition of transportation, distribution, supply-chain management, travel and energy resources, and managed related strategic litigation.  From 2008 through 2010, she also served as General Counsel of Sentinel Transportation LLC, a DuPont joint venture. She also held other key positions at DuPont, including Corporate Counsel for complex commercial and antitrust litigation, and Corporate Counsel and Manager of Operations and Partnering.  While at DuPont, Ramona led various initiatives aimed at promoting diversity in the legal profession and was a frequent public speaker on that subject.  During the first ten years of her legal career, she was a litigator at Crowell and Moring in Washington, D.C. where she handled a broad range of commercial, government contract and white collar matters.

Ramona has served on multiple boards and been affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, both the House of Delegates and the Presidential Commission on Diversity of the American Bar Association, the Advisory Committee of The O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative at the University of Denver, The Justice at Stake Campaign, the American Red Cross in the Delmarva Peninsula, and Delaware Futures.  She also served as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (2008-2009), and was a founding member and officer of the Dominican American National Roundtable.  Ramona is the recipient of many honors, including the Lucero (“guiding star”) Award from Latino Justice PRLDEF (formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund) and Hispanic Business Magazine’s recognition in 2010 and 2007 as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States. 

Ramona, who immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic at age 10, holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  She and her husband and two daughters live in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Ana Maria Salazar ’89
Ana Maria is an acclaimed security expert on Latin America, and is a popular speaker at business, government, military and academic forums. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989 and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in the District of Columbia and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ana Maria has taught national security, leadership and negotiation workshops at Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy, Mexico´s Army War College (Colegio de Defensa) Mexico Navy War College (CESNAV), National Institute for Criminal Science (INACIPE), Universidad de las Americas (UDLAP), and ITAM.  She writes a weekly column for El Universal, El Informador, El Imparcial and other major Mexican newspapers and “La Opinión” in California. She anchors two popular English speaking nation-wide radios news programs in Mexico: “Living in Mexico” and “Imagen News” in addition to hosting a weekly TV show in Spanish, “Seguridad Total” on Channel 40. 

Ana Maria is the author of various books: “El Enemigo en Casa” co written with Jorge Fernandez Menendez (Taurus 2008), Seguridad Nacional Hoy: El Sexenio de Calderón y los nuevos problemas” (Punto de Lectura 2008), “La Guerras que Vienen ” (Aguilar/Nuevo Siglo 2003), and the bestseller  “Seguridad Nacional Hoy. El Reto de las Democracias” (Aguilar/Nuevo Siglo 2002), and “Manual de Liderazgo para no ser un Lider Jurásico” (Aguilar 2009).

Before moving to Mexico in 2001, she held various high-level political appointments in the U.S. government. Between June 1998 and January 2001, Ms. Salazar served at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support. As a result of her efforts at the Pentagon, in 2000 Ana Maria was recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic Americans in the United States. Prior to joining the Pentagon, she served at the White House as Policy Advisor for President Clinton’s Special Envoy for the Americas in 1998 and from March 1995 to June 1997, she served in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Ana Maria has also worked and lived in Latin America. In Colombia she served as the Judicial Attaché at the United States Embassy in Bogotá, coordinating evidence and information requests between the United States and the relevant Colombian agencies. She also has supervised multi-million dollar projects designed to improve the administration of justice in Colombia and Guatemala.

In addition to her work in the media, Ana Maria heads Grupo Salazar, an international consulting firm that specializes on security, leadership, and negotiation training. Because of her decade of experience on TV and radio, in addition to her security and legal background, she is frequently invited not only to be a keynote speaker but also to perform the role of moderator at high-level international forums. She moderated three panels at the 2008 Dubai International Financial Centre's (DIFC) prestigious annual series, and in 2006 she also has moderated three panels at the “The Women´s Forum for the Economy and Society” en Deuville, Francia.  She was the Master of Ceremonies for one of the most important international gathering in Mexico for 2002: The CEO Summit for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Los Cabos, Mexico, which had the participation of 12 world leaders and 300 of the most important CEO in the world.  She has been invited numerous times to “converse” with world personalities including former Mexican President Dr. Ernesto Zedillo on “Globalization and Emerging Markets” at Expo Management Mexico and movie Director Francis Ford Coppola in 2007 at the World Marketing Forum.  Also in 2007 she presided a forum which had the participation of 5 former Latin American presidents for OCDA.  That same year she was the master of ceremonies for the XXV Conference of Border Governors, and has participated seven years at the Mexican Business Forum and the International Poultry and Egg Forum in Guadalajara.


Virna L. Santos ’90
Virna L. Santos is the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean on behalf of the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Assistance, Development and Training (OPDAT).  Her portfolio includes capacity building and program development in Colombia under Plan Colombia and in Mexico pursuant to the Merida Initiative as well as programs in El Salvador.  Prior to serving as Regional Director, Virna was a Resident Legal Advisor in OPDAT’s Justice Sector Reform Program in Bogota, Colombia for three and half years.  There she worked in capacity building efforts to increase human rights prosecutions.  She also created the first victims assistance centers within Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office. Before her detail as a Resident Legal Advisor, Virna served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of California, prosecuting complex white collar and drug offenses.  Virna served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Gilberto Gierbolini Ortiz, Chief Judge for the United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico.  She began her career as a civil environmental prosecutor in the California Attorney General’s Office.  She earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1987.


Carolyn Stafford Stein ’85
Carolyn Stafford Stein is the Assistant Director for Alumni Advising at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at HLS where she counsels alumni/ae currently working in the private and public sectors who are interested in pursuing opportunities in public service.

Carolyn served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston where she worked in the Public Corruption, Economic Crimes, and Major Crimes Units. She also served as Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As a Lecturer at HLS, Carolyn taught Government Lawyer and supervised students in clinical placements.

Carolyn’s previous experience includes clerking for the Honorable Robert E. Keeton of the District of Massachusetts, and working as an associate at firms in San Francisco and Boston.


Raul R. Tapia ’75
Raul R. Tapia is a partner in the C2 Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based government relations firm, where he focuses on issues related to strategic planning, crisis management, telecommunications, municipal services, health care and public affairs.  

In addition to his practice, Raul is also the founder, former Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of Republic Communications Corporation (RCC).  RCC owned and operated KRRT-TV, a then FOX Network affiliated television station serving San Antonio, Texas.  Additionally, he was a founder, Director, President & CEO of AMO Broadcasting Company, which owned and operated KIVA-FM, Santa Fe/Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Moreover, he served for five years as one of nine members of the Denny's/FRD (ADVANTICA) board of directors where he was a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.  During this period "FORTUNE" magazine, in its annual review of the top 1,200 companies in the U.S., selected Denny's among its "America's 50 Best Companies for Minorities".   Raul also served on the White House staff of President Jimmy Carter and as a Law Clerk to Justice Edmund Burke of the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska.

Active in a number of civic activities, Raul is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Chairman of the board of directors of the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation, a recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and recognized as "Role Model of the Year" by "LATINA" magazine.  Recently, he was awarded the "National Commander's Award" by the American G.I. Forum for his pro bono and successful representation of this distinguished veterans organization in its effort to open the Ken Burns PBS documentary, "THE WAR", for the inclusion of additional film footage that recognized the contributions of Latinos and Latinas to the winning of World War II.

Raul received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.


Edward Torpoco ’98
Edward Torpoco is a Senior Director at eBay Inc., in San Jose, California.  As an attorney for the world’s leading e-commerce website, Edward has had a diverse in-house legal practice.  He has served previously as eBay’s Senior Regulatory Counsel, representing eBay before state and federal regulators, legislators, and law enforcement entities.  He has also served as eBay’s Senior Litigation Counsel, defending eBay and its family of companies, including PayPal and Bill Me Later, both in the United States and Europe.  Edward also served for a time as the attorney for eBay Spain International, eBay’s subsidiary in Madrid, Spain.   Currently, he serves as eBay’s Senior Commercial & Product Counsel, negotiating complex commercial deals and providing product counseling to eBay’s core marketplaces business.  Prior to joining eBay in 2006, Edward was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Francisco, a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles.  While in the public sector, he prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters, including organized crime, white collar, and public corruption cases.  Edward holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


Fernando Tovar ’94
Fernando Tovar is the General Counsel of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region of International Power-GDF SUEZ, the world’s leading independent power producer.  Fernando has been practicing law in the power and related downstream energy fields for more than 18 years. He has been with the GDF SUEZ Group since 2001.  Fernando joined the Group as General Counsel for Mexico and then became Assistant General Counsel for North America in charge of Corporate Finance. In 2005, he moved to Dubai where he was General Counsel for the Middle East, Asia and Africa region of GDF SUEZ until he took up his present position after the merger of International Power and GDF SUEZ.  Prior to joining the GDF SUEZ Group, Fernando worked for more than 7 years with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas.  Before earning his law degree, Fernando worked with the Ministry of Finance of Mexico and with the United Nations Development Program in Uruguay, South America. Fernando received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1988, his Master of Public Policy from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1994.

Abelardo L. Valdez  LL.M. '74
Ambassador Abelardo L. Valdez (Ret.) currently serves as President Emeritus of the Council of American Ambassadors, having served as President from 2010 to 2012.  He is also the founder of the Council’s Fellowship Program, which trains young leaders for careers in diplomacy and international affairs.  He has practiced international trade and federal administrative law since 1975, and has been a partner and of counsel with three  international law firms, Finley Kumble, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Purcell, Hansen & Valdez in Washington, D.C.  He has served in several government positions, including Presidential appointments as an U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State, and has also served as an advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank.

From 1979 to 1981, Abelardo served as U.S. Ambassador and Chief of Protocol for the White House.  He served as Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Latin American and Caribbean Region from 1977 to 1979 and as Special Ambassador to the Dominican Republic in 1978 and Costa Rica in 1979.  He also served as General Counsel of the Inter-American Foundation from 1973 to 1975, and as an attorney for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) from 1971 to 1973. During his military service, 1965-67, Abelardo served as a military aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Abelardo has been a distinguished visiting professor or lecturer on international trade, investment and economic development at the Kennedy Institute of Politics of Harvard University, Baylor University, Trinity University, and Texas A&M University.  He was also a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at the University of Santa Clara and an adjunct lecturer in law at Baylor University Law School. He has written numerous articles on international development, trade and investment law, and U.S.-Latin American relations.  He has served as an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and as a member of the editorial board of the North American Trade and Investment Reporter.  He is recognized as one of the original proponents and architects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and served as an advisor in the NAFTA negotiations. He is fluent in Spanish.

Abelardo received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, J.D. from Baylor University, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He has also studied at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. He has also completed the Corporate Governance Program at Harvard Business School.  Abelardo is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, State Bar of Texas, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Abelardo has served as a director of several corporations, including Vista Magazine and the Hemisphere National Bank, and on the international advisory board of the National Bank of Washington.  He has served as a director or trustee of several business, educational, and civic organizations, including the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Center for International Private Enterprise, The American University, Pan American University Foundation, University of Texas Health Science Center, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute,  International Human Rights Law Group, Meridian International Center, the Texas A & M Association of Former Students, and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.    

Abelardo has also served as Chairman of the International Committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and a member of the Rivlin Commission on the Budget and Financial Priorities of the District of Columbia. He has received numerous honors and awards for his public service and has been decorated by King Juan Carlos of Spain with the Order of Isabel La Catolica for his work in improving relations between Spain and the United States.  He has been honored by Baylor University with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and by the American GI Forum with the Founder’s Award.  He resides in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, Texas.


Gilbert F. Vazquez ’78
Gilbert F. Vazquez is a partner in the San Antonio office of Strasburger & Price LLP. He represents Fortune 100 and medium sized U.S., Latin American and Japanese companies in areas related to corporate structure and capitalization, issuance of private-placements securities and in other matters such as franchising, distribution and joint venture agreements and internal investigations. He has over 30 years of experience in a general business law practice, concentrating in all aspects of transaction negotiations, international business and public finance. He regularly works with CEOs, CFOs and COOs and with in-house General Counsel and provides general legal advice and counsel relating to all aspects of a client’s business operations including labor and employment issues.

Gilbert is extremely active in the San Antonio community and he currently serves on the board of directors of several charitable and civic organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and a member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Zoological Society where he served as President from 2007-2011. He previously served as member and former chairman of the governor-appointed State Pension Review Board of the State of Texas and as a member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and of the Greater San Antonio Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Gilbert as chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In addition to his community activities, Gilbert frequently lectures on the legal and business aspects of doing business in Mexico and Latin America, the legal aspects of foreigners doing business in the United States and on how to select counsel in a foreign country. He has lectured in Mexico City, as well as Monterrey, Mexico. He is a member of the International Law and Practice Section of the American Bar Association and previously served as an associate editor for the section’s International Law Newsletter. Gilbert is also a member of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and previously served as a member of the section’s Governing Council.

Gilbert has been a partner with Matthews, Nowlin, MacFarlane & Barrett (now Cox Smith Incorporated) and a partner and senior counsel with the international law firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP and Holland & Knight, LLP. In addition to his Harvard Law School education, Gilbert holds a degree in Political Science from Yale College. He was a member at large of the Harvard Law School Association Council from 2002-2006. 


James Vigil, Jr. ’89
James Vigil, Jr., is Senior Advisor for Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Rights at the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.  He manages a global training and technical assistance program and has planned and attended numerous diplomatic activities related to cyber security, cyber crime, and intellectual property rights crime. Previously, James served as a Brookings Fellow for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), in the White House as a Senior Advisor to the President’s Special Envoy for the Americas, and for seven years as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.  James was also an associate at Newman and Holtzinger.  In addition to his Harvard Law education, James holds a Bachelors degree in History/Political Science from UCLA.

 

Patricia J. Villareal ’80
Pat Villareal is the Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas office for Jones Day. Her practice focuses on representing public companies and their directors and officers facing securities and corporate governance litigation, as well as advising boards of directors and board committees in matters such as internal investigations and corporate governance issues. She has extensive experience in director and officer indemnification and insurance issues and has represented public companies and private equity clients in response to claims arising from mergers and acquisitions.

Pat has been highly successful in winning securities cases through motions to dismiss under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, in motions for summary judgment, and in Daubert motions. She recently won a motion to dismiss a consolidated securities class action complaint on behalf of Dell and certain of its current and former directors and its independent auditor on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to adequately plead scienter or loss causation. In re Dell Inc. Sec. Litig., No.A-06-CA-726-SS (W.D. Tex.) 591 F. Supp. 2d 877 (2008). Her other clients include Novotel Wireless, Bell Microproducts, Electronic Data Systems, Michaels Stores, SOURCECORP, Cintas Corporation, ACI Worldwide, Dana Corporation, Nabors Industries, Morgan Stanley, and UICI.


Juan E. Zúñiga ’92
Juan E. Zúñiga founded Cross Border Law Group, P.C., in 2007. Juan’s practice includes representation of clients in domestic, international and cross-border transactions such as foreign investment, international joint ventures, overseas distribution, foreign trade and commerce, tax and establishment of subsidiary operations internationally. Additionally, Juan has extensive experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions as well as investments and financings.

Prior to founding Cross Border Law Group, P.C., Juan was Special Counsel with Heller Ehrman where he practiced real estate, corporate and international business law. He was also an associate with Baker and McKenzie in San Diego, California where he practiced international corporate law. Prior to that Juan practiced law in Los Angeles, California for five years. In 1998, Juan was recognized by California Law Business as among the “Top 20 up-and-coming Attorneys under 40 Years Old” in California. Alas, he no longer qualifies for this distinction as he is no longer “under 40 Years Old”.

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