THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD J. GONZALES TO THE ADVISORY COUNCIL OF
THE BORDER ENVIRONMENT COOPERATION COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to appoint Richard J. Gonzales to serve as Member of the Advisory Council of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC).
Mr. Gonzales, of Tucson, Arizona, founded The Gonzales Law Firm, in 1997, where he still practices. From 1980 to 1996, Mr. Gonzales was a partner with the law firm of Gonzales and Villarreal. P.C. From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Gonzales served as Deputy County Attorney, in the Criminal Division of the Pima County Attorney's office. Mr. Gonzales served in the Pima County Public Defender's office in several capacities: from 1976 to 1977, as Assistant Public Defender, Trial Section; from 1974 to 1976 as Law Clerk; from 1971 to 1972, as Student Investigator. Mr. Gonzales is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education. His community activities have included; from 1993 to 1994, the United Way of Greater Tucson; from 1990 to 1997, the America-Israeli Friendship League; and from 1996 to the present, the Sunnyside United School District Foundation.
Mr. Gonzales received his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Arizona.
The Advisory Council of the BECC was created to advise the Board of Directors of the BECC in its mission to preserve, protect and enhance the environment along the border region in order to advance the well-being of the people of the U.S. and Mexico.