James DeAnda (Civil Rights Leader)


James DeAnda was an American attorney and United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, noted for his activities in defense of Hispanic civil rights, particularly as a plaintiff’s attorney in Hernandez v. Texas.

Born: James DeAnda, 21, 1925, Houston, Texas
Died: 07, 2006, Traverse City, Michigan
Education: Texas A&M University (B.A.), University of Texas School of Law (LL.B.)
Preceded by: John Virgil Singleton Jr.
Succeeded by: Norman William Black

About James DeAnda

Attorney, U.S. federal judge, and a defender of Hispanic civil rights who was notably the plaintiff’s attorney in the iconic civil rights case Hernandez v. Texas.

Before Fame

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before graduating from Texas A&M in 1948


He was an attorney for the Hernandez v. Texas case, a landmark United States Supreme Court case that decided that Mexican Americans and all other racial groups in the United States had equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Family Life

His parents were immigrants from Mexico.


He was nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas by Jimmy Carter.

Information related to James DeAnda

  • Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Activists for Hispanic and Latino American civil rights
  • United States district court judges appointed by Jimmy Carter
  • Texas A&M University alumni
  • Texas lawyers
  • American judges

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Latest information about James DeAnda updated on September 06, 2020.

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