UPDATE: Tom Saenz will keynote the EJS Judge Motley Civil Rights Fellowship luncheon on June 2, 2009, in San Francisco. Click here for more details.
Thomas A. Saenz, counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has been confirmed as the keynote for the Oct. 26 symposium
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Saenz as counsel in August 2005. He serves as a member of the mayor’s executive team.
Saenz previously worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national organization dedicated to securing and promoting the civil rights of Latinos in the United States. Saenz served as lead counsel in numerous civil rights cases involving such issues as educational equity, employment discrimination,immigrants’ rights, day laborer rights, and voting rights.
He served as MALDEF’s lead counsel in successfully challenging California’s Proposition 187 in court, presenting extensive arguments on numerous occasions in three different cases involving the anti-immigrant initiative.
Saenz graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received his law degree from Yale Law School. He then served as law clerk for the Honorable Harry L.Hupp of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.