Isaias D. Torres - Attorney Biography

Isaias Torres has dedicated his career in the practice of law for thirty-five (35) years in service and in defense of immigrants. From his office in Houston, Texas his practice has impacted national, state and local platforms. He has litigated cases in Federal Courts as well as the Supreme Court with impact at a national level. At state level former governor Ann Richards appointed him to the Texas Ethics Commission.  Isaias Torres was later elected as president of that commission by his fellow commissioners.  At the local level in the city of Houston, Texas he has participated as a member of board directors of several non-profit organizations. As a professor of law he has lectured in the three (3) Houston law schools, and has also published legal articles regarding immigration law. [Houston Journal of International Law, Vol. 5 NO.4 (1983); Houston Law Review, Vol. 13, NO. 5 (1976)]. All these activities in the community were achieved at the same time he was tending to his practice of law and service to his clients.

 

Since he began his career in 1975 at the law school at  Georgetown University (a Jesuit college established in 1789 in, Washington, D.C.),  he has specialized in immigration law.  There he and other students began a defense program for immigrants. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from Georgetown University in 1978.  That same year he also received his Texas law license. Isaias Torres began to work as a lawyer exclusively in the field of immigration out of a church building in the north side of Houston, Texas.  He immediately joined a group of attorneys that initiated a series of lawsuits in Houston to defend the rights of undocumented children that were not allowed to attend public schools at that time. In  June 15, 1982 in a historic and national case, known as Plyler v. Doe 457 U.S. 202 (1982), affirming 501 F.Supp. 544 (S.D. Tex. 1981) the Supreme Court of the United States (voting 5 to 4 in favor), Isaias Torres along with other attorneys argued before the United States  Supreme Court and won  the constitutional right to education for undocumented children.  Coincidentally exactly thirty (30) years later on June 15, 2012 President Barack Obama approved immigration benefits called “deferred action” for those  same undocumented children.  Isaias Torres was the primary litigant in 1987 in another federal lawsuit of national importance in which  he litigated and won the protection of immigrant laborers in the case known  as LULAC v. Pasadena I.S.D., 662 F.Supp. 443 (S.D. Tex. 1987).

 

In 1984 Isaias Torres received his board certification in Immigration and Nationality law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  This license is given by the State Bar of Texas to attorneys who demonstrate an expert capacity in a certain fields of law. There are approximately 20,000 attorneys in Houston, Texas but there are only about 64 attorneys that are board certified in the field of immigration law.  Out of those 64 attorneys there are only about 12 attorneys that are of Latino  descent.  In 1984 Isaias Torres was the first attorney of Latino descent at the state level to receive board certification in immigration and naturalization law.

 

In 1991 former governor Ann Richards named Isaias Torres a member of the State of Texas Ethics Commission. The jurisdiction of this commission is to overlook the ethical conduct of public officials within the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the state of Texas. On one occasion the eight (8) members of the Ethics Committee voted and elected Isaias Torres as president of the Ethics Commission of the state of Texas. For several years Isaias Torres served in this commission with no salary and on an honorary basis.

 

Throughout the years Isaias Torres has had an exemplary career where he has received many awards from the community such as “Hispanic of the Year” from the Houston Fiestas Patrias, “Outstanding Young Houstonian”  from the Houston Chamber of Commerce, “Outstanding Litigator” from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Texas Chapter, and also “Outstanding Lawyer” from the Texas Mexican-American Bar Association.

 

For Isaias Torres the quality of  service he has provided to his clients that continue to reach out to him for thirty-five (35)  years has been his most important achievement.  Isaias Torres has identified himself with problems faced by immigrants and his greatest satisfaction has been finding solutions to these problems.  He believes that we come to this  world  with a purpose to leave a legacy for the next generations by  making a positive impact  on the improvement and betterment our community.

 
 
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