Tom Saenz

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President and General Counsel, MALDEF

Los Angeles, California

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. Saenz re-joined MALDEF in August 2009, after spending four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s executive team as counsel to the mayor.

Saenz 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 numerous cases in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights and voting rights.

Saenz 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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