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Kenneth S. Marks is an attorney with deep experience in complex commercial, antitrust, and securities litigation in state and federal courts across the country. He was a partner in the law firm of Susman Godfrey LLP for 29 years. Prior to that, he was an associate in the firm for four years. After receiving his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981, he served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1978. His practice at Susman Godfrey involved representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes, including class actions and so-called mass actions. He was included numerous times in lists of the best lawyers in Texas, including Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Local Litigation Stars, and Leaders in Their Field by Chambers.
Carlos Moctezuma Garcia is a founding member at Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C. Carlos tries all types of immigration cases in addition to state and federal criminal cases. In 2013 Carlos was awarded the John E. Cook Pro Bono Award from the Hidalgo County Bar Association. In 2015 ProBAR recognized him as a Pro Bono Champion and in 2016 he was awarded TCRP’s Kristi Couvillon’s pro bono award. Carlos is an active member of the National Immigration Project. He also serves as a committee member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association’s National CBP Border Patrol Liaison Committee. He is a frequent presenter at immigration law conferences. Carlos is from McAllen, Texas. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2008.
Alan Schoenbaum is a cofounder of BuildGroup Management, LLC, a private investment firm. Alan also serves as lead independent director of CST Brands, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise and services in North America. Alan was senior vice president and general counsel at Rackspace from 2006 to 2014. Prior to Rackspace, Alan was a partner at Akin Gump where he worked for 21 years. Alan received both his B.A. in English and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gina Karam Millin is a civil litigation attorney and partner at Millin & Millin, PLLC. After graduating from McAllen High School in 1989, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. Gina taught elementary school for three years, then attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1999. Gina Millin’s passion for leadership in education has led her to become involved with various programs within the McAllen Independent School District. For example, she served as the Vice President of the Ben Milam Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization from August 2012 to May 2014. She was elected President of the Milam PTO for two school years, 2014-2016. In the 2016-2017 school year, Gina was chairperson of the 50th anniversary festivities and fundraisers at Ben Milam Elementary. This school year, Gina is serving as chairperson of a Pilot Art Program in McAllen ISD. Gina is thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Civil Rights Project beginning in January, 2018 and is also looking forward to working on the TCRP’s Voter Protection Task Force. As a member of the Voter Protection Task Force, Gina will be serving as counsel to local grass roots organizations seeking to register and encourage Valley residents to vote.
Kyle Wright is CEO of Stardust, a family office that oversees a dynamic portfolio of projects, investments, and social benefit ventures. For nearly a decade, he has lead Stardust’s strategic initiatives, including the organization’s commitment to align its investment portfolio with social justice principles. Kyle is a key advisor to the Stardust Fund, a philanthropic endeavor dedicated to social participation and power of excluded and exploited people. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Texas Civil Rights Project and Transparentem, and is a member of the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking and Houston College of Law Clinics Advisory Council. A Texas native, Kyle holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D., cum laude, from Houston College of Law. Kyle resides in Houston with his wife and daughters.
Melissa Frugé is the Chief Legal Officer at Spredfast. Spredfast provides a SaaS social media platform and she is responsible for all legal, risk and data protection matters worldwide. From 2009 to 2016, she was the SVP & General Counsel of HomeAway, the leading marketplace for online vacation rentals, which went public in 2011 and was purchased by Expedia in Dec. 2015. Prior to HomeAway, she served as the General Counsel of Borland, a public software company, and practiced corporate law with DLA Piper in Silicon Valley. Melissa also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Austin Technology Council. She is on the Board of Advisors to Data.world. She earned her J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. at the University of Southern California.
Oscar Rodriguez serves as President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, a statewide, non-profit advocacy organization for the state`s 1,200+ free, over-the-air local radio and television stations. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Rodriguez began his career in public service as an Assistant Press Secretary to Gov. Mark White from 1984 to 1987. He then served a seven-year stint as a legislative liaison for the Texas Education Agency before joining TAB in 1994. He is a native Texan who grew up in McAllen and has lived in Austin since 1981.
Houston divorce and family law attorney, Rita Lucido, was licensed in Texas in 1982 and has practiced divorce, custody and family law in the Houston area since 1983, after working with the Texas legislature. As the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college and the grandchild of Italian immigrants, Rita understands the importance of education in achieving the American Dream. Growing up in Dallas, Rita attended Catholic schools, graduated from the Ursuline Academy, and went on to get her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Rita earned her law degree from the University of Houston in 1982 and has called Houston home ever since. Rita is married to Phillip Costa, and has one step-daughter, Leigh. Rita has served as a board member for many community organizations including the Houston Area Women’s Center, Texas Women Lawyers, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the State Bar of Texas Women in the Profession Committee and the Texans Together Education Fund. She also founded Jane’s Due Process, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2001. The organization’s mission is to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas.
Rita has lectured on the subjects of domestic violence in divorce, Texas parental notification laws, enforcement of property divisions in divorce and law practice management. Ms. Lucido has testified before legislative committees on issues related to teen pregnancy and the law.
Tom Gutting is an associate in the Houston office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. His practice areas are civil litigation and environmental and toxic tort litigation. Gutting graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center where he was a member of the Houston Law Review. He holds a B.A. degree with honors in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. He has been honored as Order of the Coif and was a Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Champion for 2009. He has been admitted to Practice in Texas, the Texas Southern District Court, and the Texas Northern District Court.