Alum named among top minority attorneys by Texas publication

October 5, 2009

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law alumnus Jesse E. Guerra Jr. (Class of 2006) is one of the top 25 minority attorneys in Texas, according to Texas Lawyer.

Guerra, a partner in the law firm of Hilliard Munoz Guerra in Corpus Christi, was profiled in the October issue in an article, "Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law," which celebrates the strength and diversity in that state's legal community. Download Full Image

It wasn't until Guerra, the father of four children, became a personal-injury attorney for plaintiffs involved in lawsuits over injuries and deaths in swimming pools that he began thinking seriously about making pools safer. He launched an online campaign to educate people about pool safety, and has appeared on local television to discuss the topic.Guerra is working on a way to make the Texas Administrative Code standards regarding public pools available in Spanish, since a majority of pool maintenance workers in the lawsuits he's handled were Spanish speakers who could not read the guidelines, he says.

In less than two years, he has settled more than $11 million in cases that he says involve avoidable injuries and deaths in pools, Texas Lawyer reported.

With his success, Guerra has established two scholarship programs, for students at the College of Law, and for college-bound Hispanic high school students, through the League of United Latin American Citizens. He also mentors local Hispanic students considering law school or already studying law.

"This is a great profession," he says. "I truly believe anyone can do it if they put their mind to it, if they're willing to put the sweat in. If you have the ganas - the desire - you can do it."

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ASU's New College announces upcoming events

October 5, 2009

The Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has unveiled a schedule of four events that will be featured over the next two months at the West campus.

Included in the varied mix is a pair of gallery installations, a “Science and Faith” presentation by international theoretical physicist Paul Davies, and “Digital Jam,” an open mic night for video artists and electronic musicians. The events are free to the public. Download Full Image

“This is really a very exciting schedule,” says Jeffery Kennedy, a faculty member in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) and events chair for HArCS. “You have a variety in what is being presented, and you have a wonderful mix of ASU faculty and renowned professionals. The subject matter for each is topical and is presented in interesting and innovative ways.

“We are looking forward to presenting these events, which really kicks off the new school year.”

The calendar begins with “Plague Round,”  an Oct. 6-23 installation in the IAP gallery in the campus University Center Building (UCB). The semi-interactive installation of sight, sculpture and sound is presented by Barry Moon, an assistant professor in IAP. Gallery hours for the installation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. and Wed.; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. An opening reception is scheduled at the gallery on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 21, “Science and Faith: An Evening with Paul Davies” features the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professor and world-renowned physicist in dialogue with New College assistant professor Owen Anderson about the relationship between science and religion and how this has changed under the influence of Darwin. The discussion, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Sands Kiva Lecture Hall, will include questions about how data is interpreted and the methods used by theoretical physics in studying the origin of the universe. The evening will end with time for audience questions.

One night later, on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., IAP faculty member Moon presents “Digital Jam” in the Devils’ Den in UCB. A little bit like an open mic night at a local club, this jam session is for video artists and electronic musicians to showcase their work, which can range from extremely abstract to beat-driven offerings. Artists and musicians are invited to plug-in and participate. The public is invited to enjoy the show. Please e-mail to for more information.

IAP’s fall schedule ends with an Oct. 29-Nov. 10 IAP Gallery installation, “A Veteran’s Voice: Ken Hruby,” by noted sculptor Ken Hruby. An infantry officer in Korea and Vietnam, Hruby brings his own personal experiences to his unique sculptural creations, which look at the relationship between solider and society. The two-week installation includes an opening reception at the gallery at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29. Gallery hours during “A Veteran’s Life” are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. and Wed.; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., Tues. and Thurs.

For updated information on IAP events, call (602) 543-ARTS (2787). For other HArCS events, call (602) 543-4444.

The New College Bachelor of Arts IAP is the arts division of HArCS and is the only one of its kind in the Southwest. This unique program incorporates a variety of media in the arts world. Majors take course work in digital media arts, music and electronic sound art, performance studies, theatre/performance arts, digital graphics and more traditional visual arts. Students who leave ASU at the West campus with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance enter the arts world through a variety of professional opportunities with skill sets that prepare them for significant careers in the 21st century.

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