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Ceaser A. Espinoza, J.D.

Program Director and Faculty

Founder of the Equality Law Center in Rowlett, Ceaser A. Espinoza is law clerk for attorney Lydia Y. Green, where he assists in all filings and pleadings for bankruptcy and criminal cases. He previously served as an admissions consultant in Oklahoma City University’s School of Law and continues to serve as an instructor and lecturer on matters of citizenship and immigration fundamentals for Mount St. Mary Community Outreach Program of Oklahoma City. He holds an associate degree from Eastfield College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNT and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Admitted to membership in the Supreme Court of Oklahoma in 2007, he holds professional memberships in the American Immigration Lawyer Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association.

A nominee for the Dallas Morning News’ Texan of the Year in 2006, he holds certification in Client Representation in Alternative Dispute Resolution and in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Bilingual in Spanish, his areas of expertise include administrative law, immigration law, bankruptcy law and alternative dispute resolution.
 

Dudley Knox, J.D.

Faculty

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, Dudley Knox taught high school government and speech. He earned his law degree from Baylor University School of Law and for several years worked on legal projects for a variety of corporations.

In the late 1970s, he was asked to serve on a committee to help create the DISD’s Law Magnet School of Dallas. He helped launch the new school and served as its dean of instruction from 1978 to 1983 while continuing to work on legal projects.
 

Deborah JagaiDeborah Jagai, J.D.

Faculty

Ms. Jagai is a Licensed Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is also licensed to practice law in the States of Texas and New York.  Ms. Jagai has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College, a Master of Science Degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  

Ms. Jagai has over a decade of legal expertise as an attorney.  Prior to joining El Centro College as a full-time faculty member, she served in private practice as a Patent Attorney.  Ms. Jagai also served as Technology Counsel for Dallas County where she represented Dallas County in civil transactions and litigation, including all technology and technical matters such as technology agreements, software licensing and maintenance, data and information security, and telecommunications.

A former Prosecutor, Ms. Jagai has prosecuted as lead counsel over 500 cases to verdict, with a conviction rate above ninety percent.  Ms. Jagai's courtroom experience and technical expertise gives her special insight into the litigation process and enables her to counsel and assist clients with complex issues of law and technology.  Ms. Jagai also has extensive transactional and business expertise and has served as Senior Counsel for the United States Small Business Administration where she practiced corporate and business law.

Prior to transitioning to the legal profession as an Attorney, Ms. Jagai was a former Chemist at Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc.  She also served as a Senior Research Associate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she sequenced DNA and participated in human genetics research on cancer predisposition, and tumor development and metastasis.
 
 
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