Born May 2, 1931 in Brea, California

Married; Four Children



Fullerton   Junior College, Fullerton, California; A.A., 1951

Pomona   College, Claremont, California; A.B., 1953

George   Washington University, Washington, D.C.; 1954-1955 

Part-time: Courses in Economics and U.S. History

University   of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), Berkeley; LL.B., 1958

National   University of Mexico, Mexico City; 1958-1959

Six   months of special study in Constitutional Law on a Ford Foun­dation Fello­wship

Military Service:

U.S.   Army;   1953-55

Graduated   from Counter Intelligence School, Ft. Holabird, Maryland; 

Special   Agent, Counter Intelligence Corps, Washington, D.C.


Boochever   and Bird Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law, July 2001-December,   2006; Boochever and Bird Professor of Law, Emeritus, UC Davis School of Law,   January 2007-present 

Professor   of Law, UCLA School of Law, 1991-2001

Special Counsel, Medina & ReidReynoso:A Professional   Legal Corporation, 

2002-present; Special Counsel, Kaye, Scholer   LLP, 1988-2002; Of Counsel, 

O'Donnell & Gordon, 1987-1988

Associate   Justice, California Supreme Court,

San   Francisco, California; 1982-1987

Associate   Justice, Third District Court of Appeal,

Sacramento,   California; 1976-1982

Professor   of Law, University of New Mexico,

School   of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico; 1972-1976

Director,   California Rural Legal Assistance

Deputy   Director; 1968-1969

San   Francisco, California; 1969-1972

Associate   General Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity 

Com­mission, Washington, D.C.;   1967-1968

Staff   Secretary to Governor Edmund G. Brown,

Sacramento,   California; October-December 1966

Assistant   Chief, Division of Fair Employment Practices,

Department   of Industrial Relations, San Francisco, California; 1965-1966

Private   Law Practice

(Leave   of absence to serve State of California and U.S. Gov­ernment in above three   positions)

El   Centro, California; 1959-1968

Last   Association: Reynoso & Duddy

Legislative   Assistant  to J. William Beard, State Senator from Imperial County, California;   1959-1960


Loren   Miller Legal Services Award,

State   Bar of California; 1978

Honorary   Doctor of Law or Humanities

from   the following: University of Santa   Clara, 1981; Lincoln University, 1984; DePaul University, 1986; Pomona   College, 1987; and the University of San Diego, 1991; Thomas Jeffer­son Law   School, 1997.

Hispanic   Heritage Foundation Award in Education, 2000

Presidential   Medal of Freedom, 2000

Distinguished   Public Service Award, University of California, Davis, 2002


Ca­lifornia   Judges' Association: 1976-Present

American   Bar Association: 1973-Present

(1)   Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; Council Member, 1977-1980, (2)   Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Officer and Coun­cil Member,   1973-1983; Chair, 1981-1982, (3) Standing Com­mittee, Committee on Lawyer 

Refe­rral   and Information Ser­vice, 1989-1991.

American   Judicature Society

Board   of Directors, 1992-1996

Rosenberg   Foundation:

Board   of Directors, 1977-1993, President, 1989

The   Community Board Program:

Board   of Directors, 1977-1990


Public  Service:

Los   Angeles Bar Association: 1987-2005

Sacramento   Bar Association, 2005 -Present 

Children   Now:

Board   of Directors, 1990-Present

Council   on Foundations:

Board   of Directors, 1991-1992

La   Raza Lawyers Association

Mexican   American Bar Association; 

National   Hispanic Bar Asso­ciation; 1987-Present

Natural   Resources Defense Council:

Board   of Directors and honorary Member of the Board, 1987-Present

California   Forward; Leadership Council Member

Mario   G. Obledo National Coalition of Hispanic Organization, President

Presidential   Committee  to Recom­mend Potential Appointees as Direc­tor of Federal Bureau of   Investigations; 1978-1979

State   Commission on Government Reform (Post Commission) Gubernatorial Appointee;   1978-1979

Ethics   Advisory Board (Department of Health, Education and Wel­fare) Adviso­ry Board   Member; 1978-1979

United   Nations Commission on Human Rights - U.S. Delegate Presidential Appointee; 1980   Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Select   Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy:

(established   by Congress) Presidential Appointee; 1979-1981

Commission   on the Teaching Profession, Member Appointed by 

Superin­tendent   of Education; 1984-1987

California   Post-Secondary Education Commission;

1987-1990;   Vice-Chair; 1988-1989; Chair, 1989-1990

Commission   on the Delivery of Legal Services to the Indigent Accused

State   Bar of California; 1988-1990

United   States Commission on Civil Rights, 1993-2005; Vice-Chair, 

1994-   2005

Community   and past affiliations, publications, other public service and honors provided   upon request.


Cruz ReyNoso Honored at institutions of higher education


Cruz Reynoso: Celebrating a Lifetime of Achievement

Civil rights leader Cruz Reynoso receives MALSA's Fighting for Justice Award


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