Joaquin Avila to receive prestigious award from Mexican government

(August 16, 2011) Joaquin Avila, director of the law school's National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative, will receive a prestigious award from the Government of Mexico in recognition for his work in the United States and its impact in Mexico.

Joaquin AvilaThe Ohtli Award is given by the Mexican government to individuals who promote the rights of Mexicans living in foreign countries. Avila's work affects the descendants of Mexicans who have migrated to the United States and are engaged in struggle to secure access to the political process.

Avila, a distinguished practitioner in residence at the law school, has devoted his career to protecting minority voting rights. He is a nationally recognized expert who has worked tirelessly to ensure that minorities are fairly represented in the election process. He is now working in Washington, California, Texas and other states where redistricting is taking place for election districts for members of Congress, city councils, school boards, and the governing boards of other political entities.

He will receive the award during the annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention in Dallas in early September. Avila will be in San Antonio preparing for a major redistricting trial involving a voting rights challenge to Texas congressional and state legislative districts.