Maria Valdez is a federal magistrate judge in Chicago. Prior to becoming a federal magistrate judge she was the Chicago Regional Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) concentrating her trial and appellate practice in the areas of constitutional law and the federal Voting Rights Act. She began her legal career in 1988 as a federal public defender in Los Angeles, California representing indigent criminal defendants. Judge Valdez also worked as a senior associate at the law firm of Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym in Chicago where she specialized in civil rights. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In addition to her legal career Judge Valdez has been active in the philanthropic community of Chicago. Judge Valdez was appointed to the federal magistrate bench in January of 2005.
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