Former Associate Justice of the CA Supreme Court & the Third District Court of Appeal
Cruz Reynoso was an associate justice for the California Supreme Court and the Third District Court of Appeal. He previously was special counsel for Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, and is currently professor of law and Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality at the UC Davis School of Law.
From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Reynoso served as vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He also was a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and at the University of New Mexico. Earlier in his career, he was director of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. and deputy director of the California Fair Employment Practices Commission. Mr. Reynoso also served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He is the son of Mexican immigrants and was an agricultural worker in California fruit orchards.
He has served on numerous other federal, state and professional boards and commissions concerned with civil rights, immigration and refugee policy, government reform, the administration of justice, legal services for the indigent, and education. In 2000, Mr. Reynoso received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for his lifelong devotion to public service. He also is a recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award in Education. Mr. Reynoso's publications include articles on cultural diversity, educational equity and affirmative action.
Mr. Reynoso holds a bachelor's degree from Ponoma College in Claremont and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.