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Thomas A. Saenz A Champion of Change

White House Highlights Thomas A. Saenz as “Champion of Change”

The Champions of Change program will host 16 leaders at the White House from communities large and small who are dedicating their professional lives to closing the justice gap in America.

Thomas Saenz and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck

The event will honor these leaders who use the law to assist people in need and improve lives.  At the event, White House Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson will introduce Attorney General Eric Holder and Senior Counselor for Access to Justice Mark Childress who will lead discussions about the importance of public interest law and providing legal services to people throughout the country who cannot afford them.  More than 110 law schools will view the event via live-stream and the Attorney General and the Champions will respond the law students’ questions and inspire students to join in the effort to secure basic rights for all Americans.

Each week the White House highlights “Champions of Change” who are making an impact in their communities and helping America rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Tomorrow,  the White House welcomes Thomas A. Saenz to participate in a roundtable discussion about the importance of providing legal services to those in need.  To watch this event live, visit at 2:00 pm ET tomorrow.

Thomas A. Saenz is the President and General Counsel of MALDEF, where he leads the civil rights organization’s five offices in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States.  Thomas re-joined MALDEF in August 2009, after spending four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s executive team as Counsel to the Mayor.  He previously spent 12 years at MALDEF practicing civil rights law as a staff attorney, regional counsel, and vice president of litigation.  He served as MALDEF’s lead counsel in successfully challenging California’s anti-immigrant Proposition 187.   Thomas graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School, and he clerked for two federal judges before initially joining MALDEF in 1993.



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