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Document Details


Title: Rios, Rolando
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: The interview begins with Ríos' family history and genealogy. He talks about receiving his undergraduate degree in mathematics from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and his law degree from Georgetown University School of Law following his service in the military from which he was honorably discharged as a disabled veteran. Ríos describes his early work as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) during the 1980's and as legal director for the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project. He details his career as an attorney practicing in the area of voting rights laws and legalities of districting/redisticting plans following the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its various amendments. He discusses the negative effects that twelve years of Republican administration, Reagan through Bush, has had on the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Ríos examines the reason that MALDEF and other civil rights activists groups had been relatively quiet during the mid 1980's through the mid 1990's was due to a fear of political and financial recrimination from conservative judges appointed by Reagan and Bush. He talks about different types of districting schemes such as the trend toward cumulative voting and limited voting plans. Ríos concludes the interview with a discussion of his 1994 campaign for the U. S. House of Representatives and how it was managed and financed.
Extent: 63 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_021.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Rios, Rolando, 1945-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1945
Age at speaking: 51
Document location: San Antonio, TX
Document date: 03-Jul-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Georgetown University, Washington, DC; U.S. Congress. House of Representatives
Locations discussed: North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Family; Family--History; Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans; Law; Law--Texas; Lawyers; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--United States; Political science; Practice of law; San Antonio, TX; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; U.S. Congress. House of Representatives; United States; United States--Politics and government
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000237-182