An Edinburg native will now hold the distinct honor of being the first Hispanic editor-in-chief of the prestigious Texas Law Review at the University of Texas in Austin.

Omar Ochoa, who is the son of former Edinburg mayor Joe Ochoa, was selected by members of the 2009-2010 Editorial Board of the Texas Law Review on Feb. 14, 2010, and is slated to lead the nationally recognized legal journal for the 2010-2011 term. The position of Editor-In-Chief is widely recognized as the most prestigious student position in law school.

The Texas Law Review is an independent journal, edited and published entirely by students as the University of Texas School of Law. The Review publishes seven issues per year containing articles by professors, judges, and practitioners; reviews of important recent books from recognized legal experts, essay, commentaries; and student written notes. Founded in 1922, the Review has published 88 volumes in its esteemed history.

The Texas Law Review is recognized as one of the leading legal publications in the nation. It is currently ranked No. 8 in the country by the Washington Lee Law Journal Rankings.

Past Editors-In-Chief of the Texas Law Review include former Houston Mayor and current Gubernatorial candidate Bill White, Judge William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, founder of the Texas Public Policy Foundation Tex Lezar, and Houston attorney Stephen Susman.