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Document Details


Title: Salinas, Lupe
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: Judge Salinas provides information about his ancestry and his own family. He relates incidents from his school years and emphasizes the support he received from his teachers and parents, but recalls his developing awareness of discrimination. He points to his office as high school student council vice-president, contributions to the Law Review, and participation in LOMAS (League of Mexican American Students), MAYO (Mexican American Youth Organization), and the Mexican American Bar Association as examples of the development of his leadership skills. Judge Salinas describes his legal and judicial career in some detail. He expresses his opinions of the importance of education to the Mexican American community and on the underpinnings of tension between ethnic and cultural groups. He describes the process of his appointment as district judge and compares it to the process for appointment to a federal judgeship. Salinas was elected to the district judgeship in 1988; he discusses his campaigns for the post in 1988 and 1996. He speaks of the derailment of his judicial career by an investigation conducted by the Harris County District Attorney, and of the trial and its financial costs. Salinas expresses his views on being a visiting judge and explains how the visiting judge system functions. He concludes the interview by expressing his satisfaction with his decision to put his family's needs ahead of further political ambition.
Extent: 45 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_082.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Salinas, Guadalupe (Lupe), 1948-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1948
Speaker place of birth: McAllen, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 49
Document location: Edinburg, TX
Document date: 17-Jun-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: University of Houston, Houston, TX
Locations discussed: Edinburg, TX; Houston, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Community organization; Edinburg, TX; Education; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Houston, TX; Judges; Judges--Election; North America; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Racism; Teachers; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; United States; University of Houston, Houston, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000246-191