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Toni Medellin

Council of Advisors

María Antonia “Toni” Medellín is a retired attorney and lecturer.  Her legal career spanned the non-profit world, private sector, government, and political organizations. As an attorney, professor, and activist, she has devoted herself to educating the public—especially women, people of color, and young people—about the importance of participating in the political process.

Medellin received her BA in History from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, where she served as Ralph Johnson Bunche Fellow in International Law. She was awarded the Oklahoma Office of Disability Services Governor’s Award for her work in rewriting the Oklahoma Guardianship Statute. She has lectured on a variety of topics, including immigration, voter ID, advocacy and guardianship for adults with developmental disabilities, and the importance of political engagement. 

She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband of 36 years, Benjamín Briseño.  They have one son and a grand-cat who live in Los Angeles, CA.