Omar Ochoa ’11
Legacy Gift: Estate Gift from Life Insurance Policy
Immediate Gift: Pipeline Program, CHLSA, and the Trial Advocacy Program
Omar Ochoa made a planned gift by designating Texas Law as a beneficiary of his life insurance policy. This unrestricted legacy gift will impact students for generations to come. Matching funds from Ochoa’s planned gift are being used to support the Pipeline Program, the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, and the Trial Advocacy program. These choices are reflective of his experience on the Forty Acres and at Texas Law.
“I selected the Pipeline Program and CHLSA because these organizations are committed to promoting access so that the next generation of leaders includes underrepresented backgrounds. I also chose the Trial Advocacy Program because being a part of mock trial and moot court at the law school is how I learned that I love being a trial lawyer.”
Ochoa grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and came to the university on a full scholarship, earning undergraduate degrees in business administration, accounting and economics, and a master’s degree in professional accounting. After working as a CPA and financial analyst, Ochoa returned to Austin to pursue his law degree.
He recorded two notable “firsts” while at UT: as an undergraduate, he was one of the first Latinos to serve as the university’s student body president and he was the first Latino editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review. At Texas Law, he also won a national championship in moot court.
After law school, Ochoa completed federal clerkships with two of the nation’s top judges, was an attorney at Susman Godfrey, LLP, then founded the Omar Ochoa Law Firm.
“I really believe in the law school, its mission, and its purpose,” said Ochoa. “Every year, it transforms lives and shapes the legal thinkers and actors who will transform the world. The law school is not just an academic center; it’s an incubator for leaders. That role provides a big responsibility to be inclusive of persons and communities that struggle with access.”