Professor Gómez, Judge Reyna Among National Latino Leaders

Laura GomezProfessor Laura Gómez and Judge Jimmie Reyna (`78) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit were amid impressive company when they were included in the 101 Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community for 2011, a list compiled and published by Latino Leaders Magazine in June 2011.

Gomez was cited for being the first minority scholar and one of youngest to head the national Law and Society Association. The magazine noted that Reyna had served as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Here's what the magazine's editors wrote about Gomez:
"She was a co-founder and first co-director of UCLA's Critical Race Studies Program, the first specialized program of study on race and the law in any U.S. law school. Professor Gómez has lectured widely and has published numerous articles, book chapter and op-ed commentaries, as well as two books focusing on the intersection of law, politics and social stratification in both contemporary and historical contexts."

Judge Jimmie ReynaHere's what the magazine's editors wrote about Reyna:
"He is the first Latino to serve on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction of appeals arising from federal district courts, the Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Claims. Reyna is a recipient of the Ohtli Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Mexican government for a non-Mexican citizen. Mr. Reyna continues his leadership in Latino communities as he currently serves on the Nationwide Hispanic Advisory Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America."

Also included in the list were U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor; Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; comedian George Lopez, Luis Ubinas, chair of the Ford Foundation and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

August 12, 2011