Elected (Democrat) Circuit Court Judge (November 2018)

Chair of the Kane County Judiciary Associate Judge Vacancy Committee

Kane County Judicial and Public Safety Strategic Planning and Technology Committee Member

Panelist National Center for State Courts “Tips for Scheduling and Conducting Remote and Hybrid Court Proceedings

New Judge Orientation Cohort Leader (Present)

Judicial Education Conference Faculty Workgroup/Course Supervisor (2021-Present)

Faculty Instructor for New Judges School (2019)

Judicial Education Conference Instructor: Parenting Time and Parental Decision-Making (2020-Present)

Co-Creator and Chair of Illinois Judges Association Worries of the World Wide Web

New Judge Mentor (2018-Present)

Kane County Bar Association Community Service Award (2021)

Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry Champions Against Hunger Award (2019)

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2014-2015 Presenter for Kane County Law Enforcement Youth Academy

2014 Recipient BoysllMen Trendsetter In Action Award

2014 Featured Speaker at Waubonsee Community College GED Graduation

2014 Panelist at Dupage County Bar Association Diversity and the Bench Seminar 2014 

Panelist at Kane County Bar Association Guardian ad Litem Training

2013 Aurora Roots Festival Cultural Champion

2013 Recipient Northern Illinois University College of Law Breaking New Ground Award

 2013 Northern Illinois University College of Law Namesake of “The Cruz Award”

2013 Speaker at Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board Community Breakfast 

2013 Keynote Speaker at East Aurora High School NJROTC Military Ball

2013 Keynote Speaker at National Latino Police Officer’s Scholarship Dinner

 2012 Named “Headline Maker for 2012” by Daily Herald News

2011 Panelist, National Latino Law Student Association’s Central Region Encuentr

2010 Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumnus of the Year Award

Participant in Supreme Court of Illinois “Shaping the Future of Illinois Courts Vision, Values,

and  Strategies” Conferences

Participant in Supreme Court of Illinois “Access to Justice” Conferences