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Pablo Almaguer of Hidalgo is the Private Attorney Involvement Group Coordinator for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), and was previously the Branch Manager for the Edinburg Office, and Team Manager for the Domestic Violence/Family Law Practice Area Team. His practice has focused on the areas of domestic violence and employment/labor law and he has extensive bench and jury trial experience. His current position includes the organization­-wide responsibility of bridging the communication gap between pro bono volunteers and TRLA’s opportunities.

 

Almaguer served as President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association/Hidalgo County Bar Foundation. He is the first legal services attorney to serve on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, previously served as co­vice chair of the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee, and was a council member of the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section.

 

He is a member of the Mexican­-American Bar Association, and is co­-founder of the Hidalgo County Domestic Relations Office Advisory Board. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas – Pan American and his law degree from Chicago­-Kent School of Law. He married Linley Boone­-Almaguer, a fellow TRLA attorney, in October 2009.

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Pablo Almaguer of Hidalgo is the Private Attorney Involvement Group Coordinator for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), and was previously the Branch Manager for the Edinburg Office, and Team Manager for the Domestic Violence/Family Law Practice Area Team. His practice has focused on the areas of domestic violence and employment/labor law and he has extensive bench and jury trial experience. His current position includes the organization­-wide responsibility of bridging the communication gap between pro bono volunteers and TRLA’s opportunities.

 

Almaguer served as President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association/Hidalgo County Bar Foundation. He is the first legal services attorney to serve on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, previously served as co­vice chair of the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee, and was a council member of the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section.

 

He is a member of the Mexican­-American Bar Association, and is co­-founder of the Hidalgo County Domestic Relations Office Advisory Board. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas – Pan American and his law degree from Chicago­-Kent School of Law. He married Linley Boone­-Almaguer, a fellow TRLA attorney, in October 2009.

McAllen

kyle-wright-headshot-1Kyle Wright is CEO of Stardust, a family office that oversees a dynamic portfolio of projects, investments, and social benefit ventures.  For nearly a decade, he has lead Stardust’s strategic initiatives, including the organization’s commitment to align its investment portfolio with social justice principles.

 

Kyle is a key advisor to the Stardust Fund, a philanthropic endeavor dedicated to social participation and power of excluded and exploited people. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Texas Civil Rights Project and Transparentem, and is a member of the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking and Houston College of Law Clinics Advisory Council.  A Texas native, Kyle holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D., cum laude, from Houston College of Law.  Kyle resides in Houston with his wife and daughters.

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Houston

kyle-wright-headshot-1Kyle Wright is CEO of Stardust, a family office that oversees a dynamic portfolio of projects, investments, and social benefit ventures.  For nearly a decade, he has lead Stardust’s strategic initiatives, including the organization’s commitment to align its investment portfolio with social justice principles.

 

Kyle is a key advisor to the Stardust Fund, a philanthropic endeavor dedicated to social participation and power of excluded and exploited people. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Texas Civil Rights Project and Transparentem, and is a member of the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking and Houston College of Law Clinics Advisory Council.  A Texas native, Kyle holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D., cum laude, from Houston College of Law.  Kyle resides in Houston with his wife and daughters.

Roxann_Thomas_Chargois_resizedRoxann Thomas Chargois is the former executive director of the Austin Housing Authority, a former principal with Houston­based Chargois Investment and Insurance, and a former financial officer of JMC Auto Group, parent company of Pavilion Lincoln Mercury in Austin.

 

Chargois earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Active in the Austin community, Chargois has served as president of the St. James’ Episcopal School Board and also has served on the boards of Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the Austin Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the National Charity League.

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Houston

Roxann_Thomas_Chargois_resizedRoxann Thomas Chargois is the former executive director of the Austin Housing Authority, a former principal with Houston­based Chargois Investment and Insurance, and a former financial officer of JMC Auto Group, parent company of Pavilion Lincoln Mercury in Austin.

 

Chargois earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Active in the Austin community, Chargois has served as president of the St. James’ Episcopal School Board and also has served on the boards of Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the Austin Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the National Charity League.

chires-garcia-and-garcia-0150-edit Carlos Moctezuma Garcia is a founding member at Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C. Carlos tries all types of immigration cases in addition to state and federal criminal cases.

 

In 2013 Carlos was awarded the John E. Cook Pro Bono Award from the Hidalgo County Bar Association. In 2015 ProBAR recognized him as a Pro Bono Champion and in 2016 he was awarded TCRP’s Kristi Couvillon’s pro bono award. Carlos is an active member of the National Immigration Project. He also serves as a committee member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association’s National CBP Border Patrol Liaison Committee. He is a frequent presenter at immigration law conferences.

 

Carlos is from McAllen, Texas. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2008.

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McAllen

chires-garcia-and-garcia-0150-edit Carlos Moctezuma Garcia is a founding member at Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C. Carlos tries all types of immigration cases in addition to state and federal criminal cases.

 

In 2013 Carlos was awarded the John E. Cook Pro Bono Award from the Hidalgo County Bar Association. In 2015 ProBAR recognized him as a Pro Bono Champion and in 2016 he was awarded TCRP’s Kristi Couvillon’s pro bono award. Carlos is an active member of the National Immigration Project. He also serves as a committee member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association’s National CBP Border Patrol Liaison Committee. He is a frequent presenter at immigration law conferences.

 

Carlos is from McAllen, Texas. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2008.

Tom_Gutting_resizedTom Gutting is an associate in the Houston office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. His practice areas are civil litigation and environmental and toxic tort litigation. Gutting graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center where he was a member of the Houston Law Review.

 

He holds a B.A. degree with honors in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. He has been honored as Order of the Coif and was a Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Champion for 2009. He has been admitted to Practice in Texas, the Texas Southern District Court, and the Texas Northern District Court.

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Houston

Tom_Gutting_resizedTom Gutting is an associate in the Houston office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. His practice areas are civil litigation and environmental and toxic tort litigation. Gutting graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center where he was a member of the Houston Law Review.

 

He holds a B.A. degree with honors in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. He has been honored as Order of the Coif and was a Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Champion for 2009. He has been admitted to Practice in Texas, the Texas Southern District Court, and the Texas Northern District Court.

RitaLucidoHouston divorce and family law attorney, Rita Lucido, was licensed in Texas in 1982 and has practiced divorce, custody and family law in the Houston area since 1983, after working with the Texas legislature.

As the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college and the grandchild of Italian immigrants, Rita understands the importance of education in achieving the American Dream. Growing up in Dallas, Rita attended Catholic schools, graduated from the Ursuline Academy, and went on to get her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. Rita earned her law degree from the University of Houston in 1982 and has called Houston home ever since. Rita is married to Phillip Costa, and has one step-daughter, Leigh.

 

Rita has served as a board member for many community organizations including the Houston Area Women’s Center, Texas Women Lawyers, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the State Bar of Texas Women in the Profession Committee and the Texans Together Education Fund.

 

She also founded Jane’s Due Process, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2001. The organization’s mission is to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas.  

 

Rita has lectured on the subjects of domestic violence in divorce, Texas parental notification laws, enforcement of property divisions in divorce and law practice management. Ms. Lucido has testified before legislative committees on issues related to teen pregnancy and the law.

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Houston

RitaLucidoHouston divorce and family law attorney, Rita Lucido, was licensed in Texas in 1982 and has practiced divorce, custody and family law in the Houston area since 1983, after working with the Texas legislature.

As the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college and the grandchild of Italian immigrants, Rita understands the importance of education in achieving the American Dream. Growing up in Dallas, Rita attended Catholic schools, graduated from the Ursuline Academy, and went on to get her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. Rita earned her law degree from the University of Houston in 1982 and has called Houston home ever since. Rita is married to Phillip Costa, and has one step-daughter, Leigh.

 

Rita has served as a board member for many community organizations including the Houston Area Women’s Center, Texas Women Lawyers, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the State Bar of Texas Women in the Profession Committee and the Texans Together Education Fund.

 

She also founded Jane’s Due Process, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2001. The organization’s mission is to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas.  

 

Rita has lectured on the subjects of domestic violence in divorce, Texas parental notification laws, enforcement of property divisions in divorce and law practice management. Ms. Lucido has testified before legislative committees on issues related to teen pregnancy and the law.

FullSizeRenderKenneth S. Marks is an attorney with deep experience in complex commercial, antitrust, and securities litigation in state and federal courts across the country. He was a partner in the law firm of Susman Godfrey LLP for 29 years.  Prior to that, he was an associate in the firm for four years.  After receiving his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981, he served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1978.  His practice at Susman Godfrey involved representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes, including class actions and so-called mass actions.  He was included numerous times in lists of the best lawyers in Texas, including Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Local Litigation Stars, and Leaders in Their Field by Chambers

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Houston

FullSizeRenderKenneth S. Marks is an attorney with deep experience in complex commercial, antitrust, and securities litigation in state and federal courts across the country. He was a partner in the law firm of Susman Godfrey LLP for 29 years.  Prior to that, he was an associate in the firm for four years.  After receiving his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981, he served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1978.  His practice at Susman Godfrey involved representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes, including class actions and so-called mass actions.  He was included numerous times in lists of the best lawyers in Texas, including Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Local Litigation Stars, and Leaders in Their Field by Chambers

Mandy_S_Price_resizedMandy S. Price is a corporate associate at one of the world’s leading law firms, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and her practice focuses on complex corporate and transactional matters, including representation of private equity firms and public companies in connection with public and private acquisitions, divestitures and investment transactions.

Price graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from The University of Texas in 2003. While at Harvard, Price served as the president of the Black Law Students Association and co­president of the Texas Club.Price was also the student outreach editor of the Harvard Civil Rights­Civil Liberties Law Review and conducted research on the School­to­Prison Pipeline at The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University (which has subsequently moved to UCLA). In addition, while at The University of Texas,Price served as a member on the Task Force for Racial Respect and Fairness, which was appointed by Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, then president of the university and instrumental in the formation of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT.

 

Price is also the Immediate Past President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, the African American bar association in Dallas, a member of the Board of Trustees of ChildCareGroup, one of the nation’s most comprehensive and respected child care organizations, with a strategic focus on the expansion of quality childcare for working poor families, and a member of the University of Texas at Austin 1883 Council. Ms. Price also served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association in 2012 and 2013 and as Vice­Chair of LegalLine (an anonymous telephone hotline, where volunteer attorneys answer legal questions for free) in 2010 and 2011. Price was recently selected as the 2014 DAYL (Dallas Association of Young Lawyers) Outstanding Young Lawyer and has been selected 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

Mandy S. Price

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Dallas

Mandy_S_Price_resizedMandy S. Price is a corporate associate at one of the world’s leading law firms, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and her practice focuses on complex corporate and transactional matters, including representation of private equity firms and public companies in connection with public and private acquisitions, divestitures and investment transactions.

Price graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from The University of Texas in 2003. While at Harvard, Price served as the president of the Black Law Students Association and co­president of the Texas Club.Price was also the student outreach editor of the Harvard Civil Rights­Civil Liberties Law Review and conducted research on the School­to­Prison Pipeline at The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University (which has subsequently moved to UCLA). In addition, while at The University of Texas,Price served as a member on the Task Force for Racial Respect and Fairness, which was appointed by Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, then president of the university and instrumental in the formation of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT.

 

Price is also the Immediate Past President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, the African American bar association in Dallas, a member of the Board of Trustees of ChildCareGroup, one of the nation’s most comprehensive and respected child care organizations, with a strategic focus on the expansion of quality childcare for working poor families, and a member of the University of Texas at Austin 1883 Council. Ms. Price also served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association in 2012 and 2013 and as Vice ­Chair of LegalLine (an anonymous telephone hotline, where volunteer attorneys answer legal questions for free) in 2010 and 2011. Price was recently selected as the 2014 DAYL (Dallas Association of Young Lawyers) Outstanding Young Lawyer and has been selected 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

Alan_Schoenbaum_resized_smallAlan Schoenbaum is a co­founder of BuildGroup Management, LLC, a private investment firm. Alan also serves as lead independent director of CST Brands, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise and services in North America. Alan was senior vice president and general counsel at Rackspace from 2006 to 2014. Prior to Rackspace, Alan was a partner at Akin Gump where he worked for 21 years.

 

Alan received both his B.A. in English and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Alan Schoenbaum

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Austin

Alan_Schoenbaum_resized_smallAlan Schoenbaum is a co­founder of BuildGroup Management, LLC, a private investment firm. Alan also serves as lead independent director of CST Brands, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise and services in North America. Alan was senior vice president and general counsel at Rackspace from 2006 to 2014. Prior to Rackspace, Alan was a partner at Akin Gump where he worked for 21 years.

 

Alan received both his B.A. in English and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.