james deanda
  • James DeAnda was an American attorney and United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, noted for his activities in defense of Hispanic civil rights, particularly as a plaintiff's attorney in Hernandez v. Texas.

    Born August 21, 1925, in Houston, TX

    Died September 7, 2006, in Traverse City, MI

    Federal Judicial Service:

    Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

    Nominated by Jimmy Carter on February 13, 1979, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629.

    Confirmed by the Senate on May 10, 1979, and received commission on May 11, 1979.

    Served as chief judge, 1988-1992. Service terminated on October 1, 1992, due to retirement.


    Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A & M University), B.A.

    University of Texas School of Law, LL.B., 1950

    Professional Career:

    Private practice, Houston, Texas, 1951-1955, 1992-2005

    Private practice, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1955-1979