Here Is My Full Resume

My professional experience has allowed me to work for government agencies at the city, county, and national level. 

EDUCATION

The University of Texas School of Law – Austin, TX

Doctor of Jurisprudence – December 2006

  • Editor-in-Chief – Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy

The University of Texas School of Law – Austin, TX

Doctor of Jurisprudence – December 2006

  • Editor-in-Chief – Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy

CERTIFICATION

The University of Texas at Brownsville - Brownsville, TX

Certified Public Manager
Institute of Public Service - November 2010

LICENSES

  1. Admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District Of Texas – 2011
  2. Admitted to Texas Bar – 2008

PAST WORK EXPERIENCE

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2

Judge – 2015 - Present

  • Oversee staff of 4 assistants
  • Responsible for evictions, small claims suits, criminal citations, and inquests
  • Conduct bench and jury trials for civil and criminal cases

The Gracia Law Firm - Brownsville & Beeville, TX

Sole Proprietor - Lead Attorney March 2012 - Present

  • Represent clients in criminal defense, family law, and civil matters
  • Handle court proceedings: motions to revoke, motions to adjudicate, plea matters, contested hearings, and trial
  • Oversee staff of three individuals a multi-county area

Cameron County District Attorney's Office - Brownsville, TX

Assistant District Attorney
Felony 2nd Chair October 2009 - March 2012

  • Assigned to 107th District Court – Prosecutor of felony crimes including, but not limited to: Murder, Burglary, Sexual Assault, Drug and Aggravated offenses
  • Present cases to grand juries for indictment
  • Responsible for all pre-trial matters including plea bargains, sentencing negotiations, and evidentiary hearings
  • Counsel and review cases with law enforcement, probation officers, victims, and witnesses

Assistant District Attorney
Misdemeanor 1st Chair March 2009 - October 2009

  • Assigned to County Courts at Law #1 and #2 as lead prosecutor of misdemeanor crimes
  • Supervised 2nd Chair Prosecutor, Investigator, and Paralegal and delegated work to effectively run courts
  • Prepared and led three cases to jury trial

Assistant District Attorney - Misdemeanor 2nd Chair November 2008 - March 2009

  • Assigned to County Court at Law #3 – charged with screening, filing, and prosecuting misdemeanor crimes
  • Tasked with case research, arguing protective orders and motions to suppress
  • Assisted 1st Chair prosecutor by coordinating with support staff and prosecuting one trial

The Honorable Hilda G. Tagle, United States District Court Judge - Brownsville, TX

Judicial Intern May 2005 - July 2005

  • Drafted an order in response to a summary judgment motion involving an employment discrimination dispute
  • Observed trial and general court proceedings on a daily basis
  • Met research deadlines assigned by judicial clerks

Office of United States Representative Solomon P. Ortiz - Washington, DC

Legislative Assistant January 2003 - May 2004

    • Researched legislation involving education, labor, civil service, and taxation (including Social Security)
    • Provided written responses to constituent inquiries concerning Congressional matters
    • Analyzed proposed legislation and its effects on constituents
    • Conducted meetings with elected officials, policy makers, and lobbyists to discuss district concerns

Special Projects/Grants Director November 2001 - May 2004

    • Spearheaded the creation of the Singapore Congressional Caucus, which fostered eventual passage of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
    • Served as the Representative’s liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, thus ensuring that South Texas legislative concerns were addressed at the national level
    • Tracked judicial nominations and emergency declarations for the district
    • Wrote letters of support and researched grant funding opportunities for constituents

The City of Port Isabel - Port Isabel, TX

Economic Development Corporation Director
September 2000 - November 2001

  • Administered the daily operation of the P.I.E.D.C. with a yearly budget of $326,000
  • Applied for and secured awards on 8 grant applications totaling over $800,000
  • Directed the expansion and retention of businesses in Port Isabel
  • Served as city liaison for both the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce and the local business community
  • Interacted with area development boards, councils of government, and various state and federal agencies

National Center for Policy Analysis - Dallas, TX

Research Assistant/Intern
August 1999 - December 1999

  • Researched and analyzed the effects of various public policy initiatives on the U.S. economy
  • Provided written reports to agency staff
  • Published article in the Valley Morning Star on the functionality of the light rail system in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Cameron County Bar Association – Member – 2008 – Present
  2. Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau – 2013 – Present
  3. Brownsville Public Improvement District Committee – Former Chairman – 2010 – 2011
  4. Council on Legal Education Opportunity – Former Fellow – 2004