Cruz Reynoso, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former California Supreme Court justice, and Professor of Law Emeritus at UC-Davis School of Law, delivers the annual Shapiro Lecture on law and ethics.
Appointed in 1982, Cruz Reynoso was the first Hispanic person to sit on the California Supreme Court. Afterward, he became a professor at the UCLA School of Law, and later became the inaugural Boochever & Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality at the UC Davis School of Law.
Prior to the inauguration of President Obama, Reynoso was named to one of his transitional teams where he played a main role in reviewing key federal departments and agencies, and provided information needed to make policy, budget, and personnel decisions.
Reynoso has also served as the director of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, the associate general counsel to the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, as vice chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights, as a member of the Select Commission on Immigration and Human Rights, and on numerous other panels and boards. For his efforts in extending legal equality, President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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