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Editor’s Note: Martin Quezada is the lead attorney for the Law Office of Martín J. Quezada, PLLC and represents District 13 in the Arizona House of Representatives.
Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
During my time at ASU, I was involved in several student organizations, including serving as president of the Chicano/Latino Law Students Association and as a member of the Graduate and Professional Students Association. That involvement gave me an opportunity to get to know several other great and active students and be involved in several activities and projects that helped develop my leadership skills and my understanding of many other cultures.
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
My ASU education prepared me for everything I am currently doing as a professional. My formal education and my involvement as an active student gave me the skills and experience I need to effectively represent my clients in court and my constituents in the legislature.
How have you remained connected to ASU through your involvement in the ASU Alumni Association?
I have been an active member of the ASU Los Diablos Latino Alumni Association for the past 12 years. I have remained loyal to this organization for several reasons: 1) I am a proud alumnus of ASU; 2) I am a proud servant of my Latino community; and 3) I enjoy the opportunity to give other students who were much like me when I was their age, the opportunity to fund their educations at ASU. I have also been involved as a member of my undergraduate (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) alumni chapter as well and have enjoyed my time interacting with other criminal justice professionals in that capacity as well.
Tell us about your involvement in the Los Diablos alumni chapter.
Los Diablos has been the one organization that I have remained loyal and active more than any others in my professional career. I am thoroughly excited and motivated by the great scholars who have passed through our program and have graduated and become wonderful leaders in our community. We don't just cut a check for students at the beginning of the year and never interact with them again. We expect students to give us a return on our investment by succeeding in their academics and as leaders in their communities.
What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?
There are the obvious ones such as big football games, but there are also three Latino-oriented events that all Sun Devils should try to attend for a great ASU experience:
Hispanic Convocation – one of the most motivating experiences I've ever been to and each year it gets bigger and better.
Los Diablos Tailgater - Every year Los Diablos throws one of the best tailgating experiences you will ever come across at ASU. People who attend are pumped to support our football team, are well fed with great food and get to hang out with great people who support this event every year.
Chicano/Latino Law Students Association Fajita Cook-Off - Every spring semester, ASU's C/LLSA law students sponsor an incredible fajita cook-off. The competition is fierce, the atmosphere is thoroughly enjoyable and the fajitas are fantastic. Do NOT miss this event if you love great fajitas, great salsas, great lawyers (present and future) and an all-around great time.
What advice would you give to today’s ASU students?
Enjoy your time at ASU. It will go by very quickly and the real world is much less enjoyable or forgiving. Cherish the experience that being a Sun Devil provides to you and do not forget it once you do go on to become a successful alum. ASU needs active alumni to keep great things going for the next generation of students, so get involved and give back to your community and to your school in a way that's incredibly rewarding and fun.
Take the education you've earned from ASU and use it to make your community a better place. The future of our state will soon be in your hands. It's up to you if you intend to embrace it. Share the knowledge you've gained with others, continue to learn and register to vote and VOTE.