Candidate for Judicial Council Representative
I would be honored to receive your vote to serve on the Judicial Council. As your representative, I would be involved in studying and making recommendations regarding court pleading, practice and procedure as well as organizational issues surrounding the court system. I believe I can bring a fresh and diverse viewpoint to the table.
I have practiced in a variety of legal settings during my professional career. Throughout law school, I interned for a state agency where I worked with administrative law and procedure. As a private practitioner for 23 years, I practice in many areas of the law both as a litigator and transactional attorney. Given the breadth and scope of subject matter addressed by the Council, I believe that my well-rounded experience would equip me for the job. I consider myself a student of the law and place great importance on attention to detail. At the same time, I am very mindful that the law in theory should also work in a practical sense for all concerned. As you can see from my professional activities, I have had the opportunity to serve the State Bar in many different capacities. Along the way, I have worked with a diverse group of lawyers and judges. If elected, I promise to seek input from many viewpoints in formulating my recommendations. Thank you for your consideration.
J.D. (1994), Florida Atlantic University (1990), B.A. Political Science (with honors).
Professional activities: Sole general practitioner with emphasis in family law, criminal, traffic, civil law, probate, and consumer law.
Professional service: State Bar Board of Governors, District 2 Governor (2014-present), (2013-14), (2004-06), State Bar Executive Committee (2014-present), Chair (2015), (2004-05), Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association liaison to the BOG (2001-2004). Diversity and Outreach Oversight Committee (2014-present), State Bar Diversity Task Force (2013), State Bar Consumer Information and Protection Committee (1996-2004), Vice-Chairperson (2002-04), Unauthorized Practice of Law Policy Committee (2005-13), Chairperson (2011-13), Local Bar Relations Committee (1999-2001), Multidisciplinary Practice Commission (2001-03). Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, President (1996-97), Treasurer (1995-96), Milwaukee Bar Association, Director (2000-03), Milwaukee Bar Association Community Relations Committee (2000-04).
Awards and distinctions: Wisconsin Law Foundation Fellow, State Bar President’s Award (2008), (2015), (2016)
Personal: Married with two children.
Languages: Fluent in Spanish.