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April 4, 2006

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Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 232-1408.

Alumna Diana Saldana, ’97, Named U.S. Magistrate

AUSTIN, Texas — Diana Saldana, a 1997 graduate and former president of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association (CHLSA) at The University of Texas School of Law, has been selected as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas. She was sworn in on Mon., March 27.

Saldana was formerly employed by the United States Attorney's office in Laredo, Texas, where she was responsible for enforcing federal narcotics and immigration laws. After graduating from UT Law, Saldana served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable George P. Kazen, ’61, a U.S. District Court judge, in Laredo, Texas. Saldana then joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the employment litigation section of the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. Saldana then moved to Houston, where she was an associate with Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P., a civil litigation firm.

Saldana was born and raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas. She is the third oldest of six children born to Blanca Hernandez Rodriguez. Saldana migrated alongside her family on a seasonal basis to Minnesota and North Dakota where she worked in the sugar beet, soybean, and potato fields. She began working in the fields at the age of 10 and did so every summer until after her second year in law school.

During law school, Saldana served as a law clerk for Migrant Legal Services based out of Fargo, North Dakota. She was the first former migrant worker to serve as a law clerk for the agency. While a law student at UT, Saldana was president of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association.

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