• IDRA Newsletter • April 2012 •

[left to right] Mr. Peter Roos, META Inc.; Mr. Al Kauffman, St. Mary’s School of Law; Ms. Dayla S. Pepi, St. Mary’s School of Law; Ms. Josie Danini Cortez, IDRA; Dr. Albert Cortez, IDRA; Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel,  IDRA; Ms. Laura Tobin Cárdenas, wife of José Angel Cárdenas; Ms. Kristin Grayson, IDRA; Ms. Norma Cantu, University of Texas School of Law; Mr. Aurelio M. Montemayor,  IDRA.

The St. Mary’s School of Law in March 2012 celebrated the life and work of the late José A. Cárdenas, Ed.D., with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its Chicano Civil Rights Banquet. The event honored Cárdenas, “whose groundbreaking educational theories were instrumental in many Chicano civil rights cases, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal and District Courts throughout the Southwest, including the landmark case of Keyes vs. School District No. 1.”

IDRA president, María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., stated: “He was, in life, and is, in death, a source of inspiration. He instilled in many – within our organization and outside of it – what has come to be called the IDRA spirit: the unshakable conviction that all children are valuable and important, and the deep commitment to work in every way possible to make equal educational opportunity a reality.” The St. Mary’s School of Law also presented IDRA with the Chicano Civil Rights Award.

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[©2012, IDRA. This article originally appeared in the April 2012 IDRA Newsletter by the Intercultural Development Research Association. Permission to reproduce this article is granted provided the article is reprinted in its entirety and proper credit is given to IDRA and the author.]