The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum will host a presentation by the Honorable Frederick P. Aguirre, Ret. titled, Law in Frontier California: An examination of changes from customary law to common law that affected owners of Spanish and Mexican Ranchos. During Spanish and Mexican California, the government rewarded individuals with land for their military service or to induce them to settle in remote lands. After California became territory of the United States in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ending the US-Mexico War, laws changed and many landholding families lost their land.
Judge Aguirre has served the legal community as an attorney and judge for over 43 years. After 15 years on the bench, he retired from the Orange County Superior Court in 2017 and now serves
as mediator, arbitrator, and private judge. Aguirre has been heavily involved in the community throughout his career. In 2014, he was named one of the “101 most influential Latinos in the US”
by Latino Leaders Magazine. He has held leadership positions with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He founded the Orange County Superior Court Leadership Academy in 2007. Judge Aguirre currently serves as president of Latino Advocates for Education and as Judge Advocate of the Orange County Council of the Navy League.
The presentation will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.