His was a lifetime of firsts. Sixty years ago, in 1961, President John F. Kennedy nominated Brownsville-native (and son of Mexican immigrants) Reynaldo G. Garza for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Upon his confirmation, Judge Garza became the first Mexican-American federal judge in U.S. history. Judge Garza would go on to achieve other firsts, including the first Mexican-American appointed to serve on a United States Court of Appeals with his appointment to the Fifth Circuit in 1979.
Join our distinguished panel as they discuss (1) how Judge Garza’s unique background and experience prepared him for the practice of law and the bench; (2) his role as a mentor for lawyers and judges; (3) his judicial accomplishments; and (4) his most notable decisions. The panel will also share personal recollections about how Judge Garza impacted their lives and the legal community at large.