Born and raised in Questa, New Mexico, Hon. Roger Cisnero's trajectory of scholastic excellence began at a young age. In 1943, Mr. Cisneros joined the Air
Force and was a crytographer during WWII until the he was Honorably Discharged in 1946.
Afterwards, he attended the University of Denver where in 1950, he obtained a Business degree. He would later go on and obtain a Law degree from Westminster Law School in 1957 and be one of only five Latinos who practiced Law in the State of Colorado.
A champion of civil rights, the Honorable Roger CIsneros has served Colorado's Hispanic Community for over 45 years. His early struggles with the English language, herding sheep in lonely terrain, running barefoot in the sand, riding horseback for days and reading at every opportunity prepared him for his role as a distinguished attorney, able legislator and leader extraordinaire.
One of his first cases as an attorney was the 1960 Gallegos v. People, which involved an involuntary confession by a juvenile. That case led to the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing the constitutional rights of juveniles for the first time.
Mr. Cisneros was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1964 and served his Denver district for 12 years. In 1978, Governor Richard Lamm appointed him to the State of Colorado District Court. Mr. Cisneros also served on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission as well as the Denver Human Relations Commission. In honor Mr. Cisneros and his dedication to the community, one of the jury rooms inside the new Denver Justice Center was named after him in 2009.
Judge Cisneros is one of the founders of the Latin American Research and Service Agency, LARASA, the Latin American educational Foundation, LAEF, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, MALDEF.
It is because of all the work Honorable Roger Cisneros did to advance the lives of Latinos and the citizens of Colorado that he has left a founder's legacy on our organization.