STAFF REPORT — WASHINGTON, DC — Manuel “Manny” Medrano has joined the board of directors of Justice at Stake, a nonpartisan group dedicated to keeping courts fair and impartial.
Medrano is a former federal prosecutor and recipient of numerous honors related to his trial practice. He is also an Emmy and Golden Mike award-winning TV broadcast journalist. He has served as a judge pro tem, and currently is a partner at Medrano & Carlton, a white collar firm in Los Angeles.
“We are delighted to have Manny Medrano join the Justice at Stake Board,” said Mark Harrison, chairman of the JAS Board of Directors. “He brings outstanding experience as a lawyer, journalist, pro tem judge and legal commentator. Mr. Medrano understands first-hand the critical importance of fair and impartial courts and also how to communicate this importance to the public.”
“Mr. Medrano is a welcome addition to our Board,” said Bert Brandenburg, executive director of Justice at Stake. “Not only has he distinguished, multifaceted experience in the law, he also was the first Latino to serve in the U.S. Supreme Court press corps. Justice at Stake works hard to increase diversity on the bench, an objective that Mr. Medrano understands better than many others.”
Medrano was a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles for 10 years. He received the Department of Justice Director’s Award for his role in the prosecution of drug cartel leaders for the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico. He reported on the Supreme Court when he was Supreme Court and Legal Affairs correspondent for ABC News in Washington, D.C.
He was named in Hispanic Business Magazine’s “100 Influentials List 2005,” is a legal commentator on network and local TV and radio programs, and is a featured keynoter and panelist at bar and judicial association conferences. Medrano has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California Law School, Loyola Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law and Southwestern University School of Law.