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‘Top Scholar’ Emilio Camacho ’11 Profiled in Hispanic Executive

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Mar 29, 2011


I’m always happy when our outstanding students receive recognition for their achievements, and I was especially pleased to see Emilio Camacho, a member of our Class of 2011, profiled in the latest issue of Hispanic Executive magazine as part of a feature on “Top Scholars.” 

In the article, Emilio describes how he was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at age 16, and how his relatively poor English skills and “insecurities and self-doubt” initially prevented him from continuing his education after high school.  He became interested in law after a business he was managing encountered some permitting problems, and decided to go back to school.  He enrolled in a community college, then transferred to UC Davis, and participated in King Hall’s Pre-Law Boot Camp in 2007.  As an undergraduate, he was president of the UC Davis La Raza Pre-Law and asked me to talk to the group on several occasions.  Naturally, I was more than happy to comply, and I was pleased to see Emilio comment in the article that he felt I had been “like a mentor” to the group and that our relationship was a large part of the reason he chose King Hall over the 18 other law schools to which he was accepted.

Most important, I am proud of all that Emilio has achieved. He has earned fellowships from the CLEO and SCBA, worked as a clerk for Abbott & Kindermann, the Sacramento Office of the City Attorney, Stoel Rives, and the Yolo County Counsel, and has been active in the La Raza Law Students Association (where he has organized the Lorenzo Patiño Awards Banquet), the Business Law Journal, the UC Davis Latino Law Review, and the Journal of International Law and Policy.  He has made outstanding contributions to King Hall, and I know he’s going to achieve great things after graduation.  His story is truly inspiring, and I encourage you to read the profile!