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Reyes Aguilar Jr. & Carl Hernandez III to Receive 2016 Raymond S. Uno Award
Recognized for Contributing to the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.
Utah State Bar is honoring Reyes Aguilar Jr. and Carl Hernandez with the Raymond S. Uno award for professionalism, public service, and public dedication which has enhanced the advancement of minorities in the profession and the administration of justice.
Reyes Aguilar Jr. is associate dean for admissions and financial aid at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, his alma mater where he served as an active member of the SJQ Minority Law Caucus, President of the Student Bar Association, and Teaching Assistant for the Academic Support Program.
Aguilar spends months on the road each year, traveling to college campuses across the country to recruit students, including diverse candidates. He then recruits current SJQ students to act as ‘ambassadors’ to speak with the potential recruits. After students matriculate into law school, Aguilar serves as a financial resource and mentor, enabling diverse students to complete their education.
Aguilar has developed important local ‘pipeline’ programs:
Kids Court is a very-early ‘pipeline’ program which pairs SJQ law students as mentors for a group of youngsters at Rose Park Elementary School (a Title I school with among Utah’s most diverse student body), and over the course of multiple years encourages those youngsters to complete their K-12 education and go on to undergraduate and graduate education.
Passageways to Law is a mid-point ‘pipeline’ program, recruiting, advising and assisting local high-school students considering a career in law. It includes outreach to school counselors and the students at local high schools, and brings groups of the minority students to the SJQ building for a day to attend presentations and meet with law students and faculty.
Pre-law LEAP is a late-point ‘pipeline’ program, preparing diverse undergraduate students to enter law school. The program takes a small cohort group of undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession, and takes them through a series of undergraduate courses over a three-year period, coupled with special advising, numerous meetings with minority lawyer role models, and participation in relevant events at the University and in the local community.
Also on campus, Aguilar continued his work with the SJQ Academic Support Program which provides tutoring assistance, advising, and other support to students who may benefit from the programming.
Aguilar continually and extensively serves the local and national legal community through his endless service on boards and committees that advance student interests, including extensive work with the Law School Admissions Council, which, in addition to administering the Law School Admission Test, helps connect student-candidates with law schools, and is the primary national organization influencing law school admissions processes and student preparation for seeking admission.
Aguilar has been active with the Utah Coalition of La Raza Hispanic Unity and Youth Leadership Conference and the Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services. He has also served the university in other areas, such as the Discrimination Complaints Hearing Panel and the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Commission. Aguilar is an active member of the Utah Minority Bar Association and in 2003, UMBA named him as honoree of the year.