Lisa J. Soto, J.D.
Professor Soto teaches the legal writing and oral advocacy components of the LSPI College Summer Program and is responsible for Center clinical education, which includes the Children’s Rights Law and Advocacy Course, the EMPOWER Program, and the AMPARO Program. She also guides students in the law school application process.
Ms. Soto was born and raised in El Paso. First attending public schools and ultimately graduating from Loretto Academy, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy with Honors in Education from Stanford University. She then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the Hispanic Law Journal and a summer intern for the Honorable Raul A. Gonzalez of the Texas Supreme Court, the first statewide elected Mexican American.
Ms. Soto was an active student recruiter at Stanford and at UT Law, where she served as the minority student recruitment chairperson. Ms. Soto has practiced employment law since 1997 and is licensed in both Texas and California. She represented school districts, colleges, and governmental entities in California in administrative processes, litigation, and in labor negotiations. In Texas, she has represented employees and small businesses in employment and labor matters.
Ms. Soto has also provided employee and board member training regarding topics such as open meeting laws, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and employee discipline. Ms. Soto continues to practice employment law with a firm based in Austin. Ms. Soto has presented several continuing legal education seminars to attorneys in California and Texas, and is currently on the Diversity in the Profession Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Soto is on the Board of Siguiendo Los Pasos de Jesus, a charitable organization that rebuilds homes and sponsors education in Juarez. Her writings have been published in the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, the Hispanic Law Journal, and the California Employment Law Reporter.
UTEP Faculty Profile: http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=70104&ID=lsoto9