Mexican American civil rights activist, judge, and lawyer who notably worked on the landmark case Hernandez v. Texas, where he argued against the exclusion of Hispanics from jury duty in front of the US Supreme Court.
He earned his LL.B. degree from the University of Texas Law School, where he served as editor of the Texas Law Review, in 1940
He was the first Mexican American to become an associate justice on the 4th Court of Appeals and was later named the Court's chief justice in 1977.
He had six siblings, and was married to Gloria Villa Galvan. Eight of the nine children he raised with her were from her previous marriage.
During the case Hernandez v. Texas he was on the same legal team as James DeAnda.