Featured Voice of the Texas GOP: Rene Diaz
by TexasGOPVote on June 29, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Former District Judge Rene Diaz is a national speaker for WallBuilders, a pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our religious, moral, and constitutional heritage. WallBuilders has been nationally recognized for its work in education, history, law, and public policy, integrating the elements of Biblical faith and morality throughout all aspects of American life and culture.
Former District Judge Rene Diaz is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Diaz Jakob, LLC. Judge Diaz focuses on bilingual mediation and arbitration of civil litigation cases. With around twenty years of civil litigation experience in state and federal courts, he has handled a wide variety of cases all over the State of Texas before his appointment as Presiding Judge of the 224th District Court of Bexar County by Governor Rick Perry in 2004. Judge Diaz has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest Peer Review Rating (AV) for his ethical standards and legal ability and was listed in "The Scene in SA Magazine" Best Lawyers in San Antonio for 2007, 2008, 2009 and again in 2010.
Before serving in the state judiciary, he served as a Texas Commissioner of the OneStar National Service Commission, the state agency that oversees AmeriCorp Volunteers as well as the Texas Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. He also served as General Counsel for the Republican Party of Texas and currently serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio and on the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center. A frequent lecturer for the State Bar of Texas, the San Antonio Bar Association and other professional associations, he has also volunteered with the Community Justice Program and the San Antonio Young Lawyers, who awarded him the “Honorary Young Lawyer of the Year Award” as the jurist who contributed most to the professional development of the young attorneys. He is a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Judge Diaz attended the University of Virginia for his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies and received both his Master’s Degree in Public Policy and his Juris Doctor from Regent University. He is admitted to practice before all Texas Courts as well as the Federal Courts of the Western, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas. During law school he met and married Cynthia Smith Diaz, who serves as Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel at Mission City Management, Inc. They have lived in San Antonio for almost twenty years.
“There is not a problem we face as a nation today that cannot be solved by a proper understanding and faithful application of the principles upon which our Nation was founded! Our Founding Fathers hold the key!”