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Filemon B. Vela

Filemon B. Vela, American federal judge. Bar: Texas 1962. City commissioner, Brownsville, 1971-1973. Served with United States Army, 1957-1959. Member State Bar Texas.

Background

Vela, Filemon B. was born on May 1, 1935 in Harlingen, Texas, United States. Son of Roberto and Maria Luisa Cardenas Vela.

Education

Student, Texas Southmost College, 1956. Student, University Texas, 1957. Juris Doctor, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, 1962.

Career

Member Vela & Vela, 1962-1963. Attorney Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, 1962-1975. Private practice law Brownsville, 1963-1975.

Judge district 107, Texas District Court, 1975-1980. Judge The United States of America District Court (southern district) Texas, Brownsville, 1980—2004. Instructor Law Enforcement College.

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Membership

City commissioner, Brownsville, 1971-1973. Served with United States Army, 1957-1959. Member State Bar Texas.

Connections

Married Blanca Sanchez, January 28, 1962. Children: Filemon, Rafael Eduardo, Sylvia Adriana.