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Frontera: Male Lawyers and Law Enforcement

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Male Lawyers and Law Enforcement

Armendariz, Albert Sr.  WWII veteran, Judge,  civil rights attorney and a founder of MALDEF. 

See Rachel Murphree @ the NW reference desk for Interview conducted by Raymond Caballero with Albert Armendariz, Sr. October 1991. 

 * Elected to El Paso Historical Association's Hall of Honor.  Password; Winter 2014, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p122-130, 9p

 * Won the case in the 1970s that desegregated EPISD schools.  

 * Wife was Mary Lou Armendariz (on our list of women to research) for her work in LULAC. 

 * El Paso's federal courthouse named after him

"Australian Billy" Smith / Charles E. Matthews-- Boxing champion, Rough Rider with Teddy Roosevelt and El Paso detective and more  see Male Athletes - Boxing

Barajas, Richard  8th District Court Judge/teacher at Cathedral, victim's rights advocate

Calamia, Joseph  1921- Mexican American constitutional lawyer active in the 1940s-

Coldwell, William Michie Pioneer lawyer

Diamond, Tom  Lawyer who helped the Ysleta Tigua Indian tribe get federal recognition in the 1960s

Fox, Chris P. Jr.  Sheriff 1933-1942, State National banker. Blocked Union organizing efforts in El Paso

Fryer, William Henry 1880-1963 Criminal lawyer and leader, fought against speakeasies, food profiteering during WWI, and the KKK

Galvan, Frank J. Jr..  Latino rights lawyer, president of LULAC, WWII Veteran 

Galvan, Robert brother of Frank Galvan (above) first Hispanic judge for the County Court at Law Number One.  The El Paso County Law Library is named after him.

Hague, James P. (1848–1895) attorney and El Paso civic leader

Lucero, Felipe  1865-1941 territorial Dona Ana county sheriff

Moore, Sam El Paso County Historical Society Hall of Honor attorney

Spector, Carlos    El Paso lawyer. 

Be sure to check Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) for newspaper and magazine articles), El Paso Times newspaper archives database, and 

Drug Wars / Violence in Ciudad Juarez

Research tips

Note details that might seem insignificant at first glance, in case one finds other information later.

Women's information is often found through researching the men in their lives (i.e. husband, fathers, etc.) so the notes here might only state that Mrs. X was married to Mr. X who was important for some reason, but in researching him, there might be information about his wife found later.

Research full text of local newspaper articles back to 1881 in this database available to EPCC users and in person in EPCC Libraries: 

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