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Regent Ernest Aliseda

Ernest AlisedaErnest AlisedaERNEST ALISEDA, McAllen, Texas, was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in February 2013.  Mr. Aliseda serves on the Academic Affairs Committee, the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee, the Health Affairs Committee, and the Technology Transfer and Research Committee.

Judge Aliseda is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Loya Insurance Group.  Loya Insurance Group is made up of several privately owned insurance companies and has been consistently selected among the top 20 largest Hispanic owned and operated businesses in the United States.  Judge Aliseda is also a municipal court judge for the City of McAllen and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General Corps.

Judge Aliseda has dedicated the greater part of his life to public service and giving back to his community, profession, state, and country.  Along with his years of military service in the Army/Army Reserves, Aliseda has served in various capacities.  In 1999, he was appointed to serve as a State District Judge for the 398th State District Court in Hidalgo County by then Governor George W. Bush.  He was later appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2002 to serve on the One Call Board, where he served until Governor Perry appointed him State District Judge for the 139th State District Court in 2004.  In 2008/2009, then Major Aliseda was called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served as the Chief of Federal Litigation for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate of the Army XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.  There, Aliseda was assigned as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and was in charge of all the prosecutors who prosecuted both military personnel and civilians for felony and misdemeanor offenses in the federal courts of North Carolina.  Upon his return, he would later be appointed as a Commissioner on the Governor's Texas Military Preparedness Commission and resigned his appointment to serve on the U. T. System Board of Regents.

Judge Aliseda is currently both a Life Fellow and Board member of the College of the State Bar.  In 2005, he was elected to a three-year term by the attorneys in South Texas as State Bar Director for the State Bar of Texas representing the attorneys in 17 South Texas counties.  There, he was Vice Chair of the State Bar Minorities in the Profession Committee and served as a Council Member for the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar.  Judge Aliseda is also a past President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association; a past President of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association; past Board of Director, Texas Young Lawyers Association, State Bar of Texas; past Board Member, Texas Rural Legal Aid; and also a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.  He volunteers his time as a volunteer Judge for the McAllen Teen Court program and also as a Vice President of the McAllen Citizen's League.  An author and frequent lecturer, Judge Aliseda has lectured on various legal topics throughout the United States, Mexico, and abroad in Portugal and Spain.  In 2009, he was awarded the “Ethics Award” by the Hidalgo County Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics.

Mr. Aliseda earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  He is a licensed attorney in Texas and Illinois and also licensed to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law, along with being a certified mediator, arbitrator, and litigation management professional.

Mr. Aliseda is married to Debbie Crane Aliseda, who is the immediate past President of the McAllen ISD School Board.  They have five children; three are in college and two attend McAllen public schools. 

last updated December 1, 2014

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