Attorney, U.S. federal judge, and a defender of Hispanic civil rights who was notably the plaintiff's attorney in the iconic civil rights case Hernandez v. Texas.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before graduating from Texas A&M in 1948
He was an attorney for the Hernandez v. Texas case, a landmark United States Supreme Court case that decided that Mexican Americans and all other racial groups in the United States had equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
His parents were immigrants from Mexico.
He was nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas by Jimmy Carter.