Ruben Navarrette interviews Alberto Gonzales about his incredible career and life story -- as Texas Secretary of State, and State Supreme Court Justice, White House Counsel, and U.S. Attorney General. They talk about Gonzales' upbringing in Humble, TX, his triumphs and setbacks, the accomplishments and controversies, and what he learned along the way about people, politics, loyalty, the legal profession, and what happens when -- as Gonzales has said -- one becomes friends with a future president of the United States.
Alberto Gonzales HLS '82 is the dean of the law school at Belmont University in Nashville, a contributor to Fox News Latino, and counsel at the Nashville firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch, & Davis LLP.
Ruben Navarrette AB '90, MPA '00 is a syndicated columnist, CNN contributor, member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, and author of "A Darker Shade of Crimson": Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano (Bantam).
6:30-7pm - Registration and Networking
7-8pm - Interview and Q&A
Pricing: Free, though $5 donation welcome to cover food and beverage cost.
Alberto R. Gonzales served as the 80th Attorney General of the United States from 2005‐2007. Before entering public service, Judge Gonzales practiced business law for 13 years at the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins. In 1995, he resigned his law partnership to serve as General Counsel to the Governor of Texas. After three years, the Governor appointed Judge Gonzales as Texas Secretary of State. He was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 1999 and elected by the citizens of Texas to serve a full six‐year term in the November 2000 general election. Judge Gonzales is an Air Force veteran, and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School.
Ruben Navarrette is the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, and the 16th most popular columnist in America according to Media Matters. He is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group whose twice-a-week column appears in nearly 150 newspapers, a CNN contributor who writes a weekly column for CNN.COM and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors. He also served as a panelist on the PBS’ All-American Presidential Forum in 2007, where he posed questions to Democratic presidential candidates. He judged the competition for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2013 & 2014, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary by the Washington Post Writers Group in 2012. Navarrette lives in the San Diego area with his wife, and three children.