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Random Profile: Alberto Mesta, El Paso
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Alberto is seen here doing outreach with farmworkers who are harvesting green chile.
Culinary talent: Green Chile poppers.
Bet you didn’t know: I tore down the goal posts when UTEP defeated BYU (14-3) in 1997.
Another little known fact: If loving musicals is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Bad habit: Continuing loving the Oakland Raiders despite their continual losing seasons.
Favorite album: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Family: Engaged to Elizabeth Molina, who is also an attorney who works at the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. - El Paso office.
Areas of practice: Farm worker Employment Litigation, Consumer Rights, and Real Estate.
Education: University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 2002); University of Texas - El Paso (B.A., Political Science, 1999).
Community Involvement: I am a board member with the Nonprofit Enterprise Center, which is a resource center for the non-profit community in El Paso. I serve on the board with the El Paso Bar Association.
Mentors/heroes: My parents who represent the American dream.
Most important career lesson: Listen.
Favorite saying/quote: The lyrics to “Simple Kind Of Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Favorite artist: John Singer Sergent.
Favorite composers: Don Williams and Badly Drawn Boy.
Favorite movie: The Alamo with John Wayne.
Favorite food: Steak Frites.
Hobbies: Lawn care and lawn care accessories.
Collects: I collect caps from the bars and breweries.
If I had more time: I would help more indigent clients that need help.
Best thing about being a lawyer: Helping a person resolve a problem.
The part of my job I do best is: Being able to explain complicated things to clients with limited education and have them understand.
If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? An archeologist seeking to rediscover the lost works of Antiquity by helping the Herculaneum Society work at Herculaneum and the Villa of the Papyri, which has a extensive library buried during the eruption of Mt. Vesvius in 79 AD.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? The biggest challenge that attorneys face is restoring our reputation among society that it is honorable and noble profession.
If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I would be an archeologist with a hat and a whip.
What's the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? I was born with a desire to advocate for social and economic justice.
Who are the people you admire most, and why: I admire my clients who despite being poor have tremendous generosity and strive to make most of their day.
Alberto is an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), and is the managing attorney for the El Paso office.
You can also view Alberto's TexasBar.com profile.
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