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Vilma Socorro Martinez

Vilma Socorro Martinez, United States Ambassador to Argentina, lawyer. Bar: New York 1968, California 1975. Regent University California, 1976—1990, chairman, 1984—1986; member corporation board Shell Oil company, 1997—2005, Sanwa Bank California, 1990—2005; trustee Edward W. Hazen Foundation.

Background

  • Martinez, Vilma Socorro was born on October 17, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Daughter of Salvador and Marina (Pina) Martinez.

  • Education

    • University of Texas (Bachelor of Arts, 1964). Columbia University (Bachelor of Laws, 1967).

    Career

    • Worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Admitted to the bar, 1968, New York. 1975, California.

      John Hay Whitney Fellow, 1964.

      Honorary Doctor of Laws, Amherst College, 1983. Samuel Rubin Fellow, Columbia University School of Law, 1983. Recipient: Medal for Excellence, Columbia Law School, 1992.

      Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Texas, 1988. University Medal of Excellence, Columbia University, 1978. Jefferson Award, American Institute for Public Service, 1976.

      Regent, 1976-1990 and Chairman of the Board, 1984-1986, University of California. President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 1973-1982. Member: California Federal Judicial Selection Committee 1977-1980.

      Presidential Advisory Board on Ambassadorial Appointments, 1977-1981. Consultant: United States. Commission on Civil Rights, 1969-1973.

      Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1975-1977. United States Bureau of Census, 1975-1981. United States Treasury Department, 1976.

      Lawyer Delegate, Ninth Judicial Conference, 1988-1992. Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Board of Trustees, 1982-1984). State Bar of California.

    Membership

    Member: California Federal Judicial Selection Committee 1977-1980. Presidential Advisory Board on Ambassadorial Appointments, 1977-1981. Consultant: United States.

    Commission on Civil Rights, 1969-1973. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1975-1977. United States Bureau of Census, 1975-1981.

    United States Treasury Department, 1976. Lawyer Delegate, Ninth Judicial Conference, 1988-1992. Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Board of Trustees, 1982-1984).

    State Bar of California.

    Connections

    • Married Stuart R. Singer, November 1968. Children: Carlos, Ricardo.
    Vilma Socorro Martinez
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    Born October 17, 1943
    (age 74)