Albert Armendariz, Jr., is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, class of 1970. Mr. Armendariz has maintained a private law practice in El Paso, Texas for 52 years, and has practiced extensively in the area of federal immigration law, with emphasis on immigration through family relationships, deportation defense, naturalization, acquired and derivative U.S. citizenship, and federal court litigation. He is a principal of Albert Armendariz, Jr., Attorney at Law, PC, which is a partner in the Law Offices of Armendariz & Holguin. He has spoken frequently at seminars and conferences on federal immigration law topics, including at the State Bar of Texas’ annual meeting and the University of Texas School of Law’s Annual Conference on Immigration & Nationality Law. He is a Past President of the Mexican-American Bar Association of El Paso and the El Paso Association of Immigration Practitioners. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), El Paso Bar Association, Mexican-American Bar Association of El Paso, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. He is a former chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project of the Texas Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which was based in San Antonio. In 2009, Mr. Armendariz was the first recipient of the Albert Armendariz, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mexican-American Bar Association of El Paso, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the El Paso Young Lawyers Association’s Outstanding Senior Lawyer 2010-2011 award.