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Judge Diana Saldana

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United States District Judge

Email: d***@***.com
Law Offices

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Arts degree , History and Government
    University of Texas at Austin
  • law degree
    University of Texas School of Law
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Who we are | Law Offices of Donna Roth, 28 Aug 2015 [cached]
United States District Judge Diana Saldaña, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Judicial Intern, 2009
Meet The Board, 22 Sept 2007 [cached]
Diana Saldana, Region III President
Diana Saldana currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division where she is responsible for the enforcement of federal narcotics and immigration laws.She handles approximately 350 felony cases per year and has participated in over twenty jury trials.
From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Saldana served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable George P. Kazen, a United States District Court judge, in Laredo , Texas . She was responsible for reviewing all motions filed in civil cases and assisted Judge Kazen in drafting opinions and orders in those cases.Before her graduation from law school, Ms. Saldana served as a law clerk for Migrant Legal Services based out of Fargo , North Dakota . She was the first former migrant worker to serve as a law clerk for the agency.
After her judicial clerkship, Ms. Saldana joined the United States Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division in Washington , D.C.She was responsible for the enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination by state and local government employers.She specifically reviewed cases referred to USDOJ from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for possible participation by the Department of Justice.She also assisted the Department of Transportation in the defense of its disadvantaged business enterprise program.
Ms. Saldana moved to Houston, Texas after leaving Washington, D.C. where she joined the law firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. , a civil litigation firm, as an Associate.She was involved with a litigation team that worked primarily on complex civil cases.
Ms. Saldana was born and raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas.She is the third oldest of six children born to Blanca Hernandez Rodriguez.Ms. Saldana migrated alongside her family on a seasonal basis to Minnesota and North Dakota where she worked in the sugar beet, soybean, and potato fields.She began working in the fields at the age of ten and did so every summer until after her second year in law school.
Ms. Saldana is admitted to practice in the Southern District of Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and was recently admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.She has been a panelist at various conferences discussing the importance of diversity in higher education.She was also featured in a recruitment video tape created by the Law School Admissions Council which seeks to encourage Hispanics to attend college.Ms. Saldana is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government.She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997.
Courses, 21 June 2008 [cached]
Diana Saldana, Assistant United States Attorney, Laredo, Texas and Region III President for the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association
Standardized tests ignored in minority admissions, 26 Oct 1997 [cached]
Even as a child picking sugar beets and potatoes as far away as North Dakota and Minnesota, Diana Saldana hungered for college.
College was elusive for South Texas migrant children who harvested crops during the beginning weeks of school as most students plowed through spelling and math lessons.And, by traditional measures, the Scholastic Achievement Test and even, eventually the Law School Admission Test, Saldana considered herself an unlikely candidate for selective colleges because of her low scores.
Yet Diana Saldana, third-generation migrant worker from Carrizo Springs, is now Diana Saldana, lawyer.
A 26 year-old University of Texas law graduate, she says she mapped her journey from the fields to the courthouse with hard work, good grades and ambition.
I had a burning desire to go to college, so I worked hard and did well in class, Saldana be funny, a standardized exam do not measure that..
In the aftermath of the Hopwood court decision which led to the demise of affirmative action in Texas higher education, academia is taking a hard look at the experiences of graduates like Saldana - who succeed in college and the work force, but score low on standardized tests.
But this searching did not begin with Hopwood, the decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that barred race as a factor in college admissions in Texas, and Texas alone. (Mississippi and Louisiana, the other states that would be subject to the appellate court's reach, are under court orders that make Hopwood moot.).
The examination of the role of the standardized tests that are so decisive in admissions at selective colleges and professional schools comes as a 24-person commission begins its own review of Hopwood's restrictions on recruiting minority students.That commission was appointed last week by public and private universities.
University officials say Hopwood leaves Texas in the dunce corner as higher education nationwide fiercely competes for minority students.
Diana Saldana, the third of six children raised by a single parent who do not finish high school, says her ambition, persistence and hard work drove her to reach for college at UT and then law school.
I missed a lot of school coming up.We were poor and my mom relied on me, my older sister and brother to work, Saldana said.We needed the money we earned in the flelds to survive during the year..
Poverty pushed Saldana to the fields at age 10, and kept her there up to her second year of law school.
Saldana said she will be a strong advocate for an admissions process that de emphasizes standardized tests.
In my own case, someone somewhere looked beyond my SAT and LSAT.Someone had faith in me and I worked hard, she said.That is how I made it..
U.S. District Judge Diana ... [cached]
U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana ordered the 40-year-old Laredo man to remain in custody pending transfer to a federal prison.
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