This documentary takes a look at the extraordinary life of Cruz Reynoso, who was not only shaped by history, but also made history.
Born into a Spanish-speaking farm worker family, he struggled to become educated, but graduated from UC Berkeley Law School in 1958, where he was the only Latino in his class. In a career marked by a number of firsts, he was the first Latino director of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA); one of the first Latino law professors in the country. His ascent to the California Supreme Court was a singular achievement as he was the first Latino on the Court. His lifelong devotion to public service was recognized when he received the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton.