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Cruz Reynoso    

Civil Rights Leader, Retired Jurist, Professor of Law

Cruz Reynoso is an American civil rights lawyer and retired jurist.

Reynoso was the first Chicano Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, serving from 1982–87. He also served on the California Third District Court of Appeal. He served as vice-chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004.

After leaving the bench, Reynoso spent ten years on the faculty of the UCLA School of Law; he is now professor emeritus. In 2000, Reynoso received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, for his efforts to address social inequities and his public service.

Speech Topics

Gaining the Upper Hand in International Business

In this keynote presentation, Reynoso delves into the positives and negatives of the American experience in international business. He examines the presumption that American supervisors of International businesses are more skilled than supervisors from most other countries, and the contributing factors to this generally accepted notion.

Exploring the issue from an educational perspective, Reynoso tests the impact of American education, particularly foreign languages, on International business. Does our current system of teaching languages later in students' educational careers, as opposed to the early exposure seen in other cultures, act as a hindrance to our future businessmen and businesswomen?

Employed But Broke: The Paradoxical Plight of Latino Workers

Latinos have the highest employment rate of any ethnic and racial group, yet it is one of the poorest. How can this be? With growing wealth, Latinos represent billions of dollars of consumer spending, yet few Latinos are found on corporate boards. In a thought provoking keynote, Reynoso examines these seemingly paradoxical occurrences in the Latino workforce.

How Civil Rights Disparities Are Straining Democracy

While great strides towards social equality have been made since the Civil Rights Movement of the ‘60s, many disparities still remain. Women still make 75% of what men make for doing the same job, minorities and the poor are still not afforded the same educational opportunities as other groups, and some working classes are still not provided the same legal protection to unionize as other workers.

Along with countless other social inequities, these disparities are straining our nation's very lifeblood: democracy. In this keynote speech, Reynoso will discuss the broad array of disparities affecting our nation, and stimulate conversation to generate possible solutions to these inequities.

The Challenges Facing the State & Federal Judiciary

2008 and 2009 were times of many firsts. Not only did we elect the first African American President, but the first female Latina was appointed to the United States Supreme Court. In this keynote speech, Reynoso will examine the challenges and larger social matters facing the US justice system moving forward. Touching on such issues as the disproportionate amount of minorities populating prisons, the number of imprisoned nonviolent offenders, and the costs of keeping these prisoners, he probes the question: does the system need a change?

The Role of Latinos in a Changing America

2008 marked the first time a presidential election focused on the Latino vote. Now the largest minority in this country, Latino culture has permeated every corner of the USA. From Mexican salsa dancing to fine art and music, the impact of Latino culture is continuously growing.

In this keynote presentation Reynoso will discuss the impact of this shifting demographic on government programs like social security, and provide an outlook for the future of immigration policy.


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