Judge Edward C. Prado to Receive UT Distinguished Alumnus Award

AUSTIN, Texas – Edward C. Prado, a distinguished federal judge in San Antonio with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, will be recognized by the Texas Exes at their Distinguished Alumnus Awards Friday, October 9, in Austin.  The award, created in 1958, recognizes annually up to six graduates or former students of The University of Texas at Austin who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the university. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest award given by the Texas Exes.


Judge Prado received his bachelor’s degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin in 1969 and a law degree from the university in 1972. Upon graduation, he joined the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. In 1976 he was appointed to serve as an attorney in the Federal Public Defender’s Office.  As part of that office he lead a  delegation of criminal defense attorneys to go to Mexico and participate in a treaty allowing for Americans convicted of crimes in Mexico to complete their sentence in the United States.  In 1980 the Governor of Texas appointed Judge Prado to serve as Judge of the 187th District Court.  In 1981 he was appointed by the President of the United States as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas.  In 1984 he was then appointed to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas. In 2003, Judge Prado was appointed to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


During his years on the bench, he served on numerous judicial committees to help establish administrative policies for the federal courts. In 1992 he chaired a committee to assess legal representation for indigent criminal defendants which resulted in significant changes being adopted by Congress in the method of representation of criminal defendants in the federal court system. Judge Prado frequently visits Latin American countries to lecture on the United States’ judicial system.  Judge Prado is past president of the United States District Judges Association for the Fifth Circuit and presently sits on the national board of the Federal Judges Association.


Judge Prado has been a frequent guest lecturer at The University of Texas School of Law and is active in teaching trial advocacy at Cardozo Law School. He also mentors youths and college students each year and speaks at seminars around the United States on a number of legal topics. In 2006 Judge Prado was recognized as the Outstanding Latino Judge by the Hispanic National Bar Association and was named one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States by the Hispanic Business Magazine.


There will be five other recipients honored at the event in addition to Judge Prado, including: Vice Admiral Vivien Crea, former vice commandant and chief operating officer of the United States Coast Guard; James Dick, a renowned concert pianist who performs with symphonies worldwide; Lee Godfrey, co-managing partner of Susman Godfrey LLP; Jack Crosby, an international telecommunications pioneer and philanthropist; and Darren Walker, vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation.


The Texas Exes, the alumni association for The University of Texas, was founded in 1885. The mission of the Texas Exes is to unite, inform and involve alumni and friends for the purpose of promoting, protecting and preserving The University of Texas. Today there are around 90,000 members whom the association strives to connect to each other and to the past, present, and future of the university through career counseling, travel, reunions, continuing education, fellowship, legislative advocacy in support of higher education, and The Alcalde magazine. For more information on Texas Exes or to become a member, please visit www.TexasExes.org.


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