Ricardo Grijalva

Profile Updated: March 7, 2016
Residing In: Camp Springs, MD USA
Occupation: Civil Rights/Constitutional Litigation Lawyer
Children: I don't have any children that I know of. However, if I am wrong please let me know and I will begin More…my child support payments.
Military Service: The cave, Fred's Bar, and other establishments
Cell Telephone

(240) 402-4456 Wk. FDA (240) 578-1118 Cell

Life Since High School:

I just purchased my first Rolls Royce this year (2015)...a 1959 Silver Cloud I, Rolls Royce. This is the same car that Donald Trump owned as pictured in my photos. I repainted the car last year to a Gold & Merlot. I use the car for church and formal events here in Washington, D.C. I get a lot of stares.

Indiana University School of Law, Doctorate in Jurisprudence, 1979
Phi Kappa Delta - Honorary Law Fraternity. Indiana University Student Senator. Federal Law Clerk - Federal District Court - Southern District of Indiana. The Honorable William E. Steckler. Federal Judge. Court Bailiff for Southern District of Indiana - Hon. Randy R. Bridges, District Judge. Civil Rights Investigator - Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Served as Law Clerk with the firm of Appleby & Pratt.

The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, 1976, Pscholgy/Personality
Civil Right's Commissioner, City of Austin Civil Right's Commission. Civil Right's Investigator - Austin Civil Right's Commission. Employee of the Year Award - City of Austin, Texas. Elementary School Teacher - Austin Public School System - 5th Grade English Teacher. Employed with the "Brown Schools", a mental institution for Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents (Gestalt Psychology).

The University of Texas at El Paso, Bachelor of Arts, 1974, Political Science
Music Scholarship Recipient. University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Marching Cavalcade. Member of the UTEP Pep band and U.S. Tour Band. Member of UTEP's Judo Team. American Judo Federation. Kappa Kappa Psi - Honorary Band Fraternity. Volunteer of the Year Award - Department of Public Welfare.

In High school I was confused and lacking direction. George Ybarra, John Scott and I received our scholarships to attend college on the same day. George went on to Stanford, John went to Hartford and I stayed in El Paso to attend the "Harvard on the Border". My music scholarship allowed me to hone my musical skills on the trumpet. After numerous struggles I finally graduated with my BA and moved to Austin where I re-enrolled in school immediately because of an incurable disease called "lazyitis". This infliction continued after I graduated again with a second BA from the UT Austin. This disease remained with me through Law School at Indiana University where I became skilled at attending Toga parties. I ran for Student body president and lost that election. A year later I settled for a win as a "Student Senator" where I became an agent of social change. I was hired by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and have since been stuck in working in the Civil Rights arena. Twenty-seven months later I received my Doctorate degree and went on to clerk for a Federal judge in Indianapolis who was infamous for issuing the Federal court order to bus white kids to black schools and black kids to white schools still present today. I cut my pony tail and joined the ranks of the flaming liberals. I relocated to Austin and was hired with a criminal defense team in San Marcos. I then received a political appointment as Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission where I served for two years and entered the bureaucracy of Federal service work as a Civil Rights investigator with the Tennessee Valley Authority. I was hospitalized one year later after being beat up by six members of the Ku Klux Klan in my hotel room at the Holiday Inn at Muscle Shoals Alabama. I was transferred to a new position as a Federal mediator in Chattanooga and relocated to Memphis to begin my long career as a Civil Rights specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Gee, this resume is getting long. I just left the Library of Congress and am now employed with the FDA as one of their many Civil Rights Lawyers in Labor Relations. I have no goals or aspirations other than to rule the planet. My secret ambition is to be a comedian which seems to fit my character. I'm still in-love with my high school English teacher (Mrs. Gunning) who ignored me throughout high school.

Here are five of my lessons in life:
* Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
* Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
* What other people think of you is none of your business.
* Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
* All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
* If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone elses, we'd grab ours back.

Favorite School Story / Experience:

My best experiences have been with the guys I bonded with in High School. Stealing school buses and riding with my classmates gave me direction and credibility since I was never athletic. I always strived to be a risk taker and pushed life to the limits, especially with John Scott and the many bottles of "El Presidente" that we polished off. I learned about competition from Fernie Gonzalez as we both had our respective paper routes. I understood faith & religion from Rudy Plasensio and Xavier. I learned about discipline in Juarez and shocked my conscience as often as possible on our monastic visits to "the Cave". I experience violence with George Hanszapolis. I took every opportunity to grasp life in high speed. I learned to work as a team from Sandra Venegas and John Scott when we stayed up most of the night to write the script for the Senior Class "Tenga Finger of Fate" awards. It was my first talent show which led to 10 future talent shows in the Federal government. Although I was never popular, I worked hard to stay visible by trying to be funny. I later learned that I wasn't funny at all. I'm still working to be a better person and to make my mark in eliminating racism and prejudice. On Oct. 22, 2009, I was honored at our nations capitol for my work in Civil Rights and the contributions I have made as a Civil Right's Unsung Hero.

Current Life Motto:

Esto Dignus - Be Worthy

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Oct 29, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Hi....yes planning a trip in the next 10 days. perhaps we can do lunch?

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Happy Birthday Loco.

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