FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2005
AUSTIN, TX -- Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. showed his dedication to bringing professional schools and programs to South Texas today by filing Senate Bill 940 creating the University of Texas at Brownsville Reynaldo G. Garza School of Law in Cameron County.
Sen. Lucio, who led the fight to create the establishment of the Regional Academic Health Center in 1997, said, "As our area continues to grow, we must ensure that we have the necessary higher education opportunities for our residents."
The school will be named after Judge Reynaldo G. Garza, the first Mexican American district judge and the first Hispanic federal judge, who himself opened the Reynaldo Garza School of Law years ago in Edinburg. In 1991and 1993, Sen. Lucio passed bills allowing 18 students of the school to take the State Bar exam.
"We are performing a disservice to the young people of the Rio Grande Valley who want to attain professional licenses if we keep sending them away to other parts of the state or telling them they can't be lawyers, doctors, etc. because they can't afford to study away from home," remarked Sen. Lucio. The closest public law school to Brownsville is the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, about 324 miles away, and next closest are the University of Houston Law Center and the South Texas College of Law in Houston, approximately 347 miles away.