From the Texas Cotton Fields to the United States Tax Court: The Life Journey of Juan F. Vasquez

From the Texas Cotton Fields to the United States Tax Court: The Life Journey of Juan F. Vasquez

by Mary Theresa Vasquez, Anthony Head


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The inspirational biography of Juan F. Vasquez, the first Hispanic American appointed to the United States Tax Court. The book depicts his journey surmounting numerous challenges such as poverty, manual labor, and discrimination. It explores his pursuit of education to build—with the support of family, friends, and mentors—a professional career serving family, community, taxpayers, and the tax system.
Judge Vasquez's story demonstrates that one can excel in the practice of tax law and serve the

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641058209
Publisher: American Bar Association
Publication date: 01/07/2021
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Mary Theresa Vasquez is the author of Mi Mamacita Tiene Alzheimer's and is the wife of Juan F. Vasquez.

Anthony Head is a professional author of numerous books, including Spirit: The Life and Art,

Table of Contents

Foreword: Connecting the Stories vii

Note on Authorship xi

Note on the Manuscript xiii

Chapter 1 Early Movements 1

Chapter 2 Getting to Know Ones Mother 7

Chapter 3 The Cotton-Picking Days of Summer 11

Chapter 4 Early Education, Witness to History 21

Chapter 5 When Juan Met Terry 29

Chapter 6 The Long Road Home 37

Chapter 7 Private Practice, an Introduction to the Arts, and When the "Big One" Hit 51

Chapter 8 The Judgeship Journey 59

Chapter 9 Riding Circuit 71

Chapter 10 Legacy 83

Afterword: Reflections on Picking Cotton 93

Special Acknowledgment 97

Acknowledgments 99

Endnotes 103

Sources 111

Appendixes 115

In Memoriam 135

Discussion Guide 137

Photographs 139

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