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Michael Nava

Michael Nava

Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of seven crime novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios. The Rios novels won seven Lambda Literary awards and Nava was called by the New York Times, “one of our best.” In 2001, he was awarded the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award in LGBT literature.

A native Californian and the grandson of Mexican immigrants, he divides his time between San Francisco and Palm Springs. Nava has also had a distinguished legal career, having earned his law degree from Stanford University.  He retired from the law in July 2016.

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November 14, 2022

I Wish I’d Known – Michael Nava’s Perspectives on Minority Lawyer Challenges

Minority lawyers operating in white-dominated spaces face unique challenges as they navigate careers in the legal profession. As negative stereotypes assault them from without, self-doubt and imposter syndrome can develop within. DeMario...