The Mexican community has always had three things, Chief Judge Ruben Castillo shares: “courage, vision, y ganas.” Telling the story of his father’s migration to the United States―a 13-year-old leaving behind everything he has ever known, accepting nothing more than the promise of a better life―and the impact of his father’s drive on his own success.
In telling his father’s story, Chief Judge Castillo intertwines little-heard stories of the contributions and incredible sacrifice of other Mexicans and Mexican Americans, including military and law enforcement in service of the US, even when facing discrimination and rejection. Today, as Chief Judge, he has the privilege of swearing in new US citizens, and credits his father for his rise to this position and maintaining his humility―even as the Chief Judge of the third largest US district court, he lovingly explains, his dad still challenges him with: “I don’t think that’s right, son.”
Chief Judge Ruben Castillo
Chief Judge Ruben Castillo United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Chief Judge Castillo’s career has been one of many “firsts”: he was the first Hispanic lawyer to join Jenner & Block LLP, the first Hispanic judge appointed to the United States Sentencing Commission and the first Hispanic Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois. Chief Judge Castillo earned a BA from Loyola University and law degree from Northwestern University.
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