Civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila dead at 69

SEATTLE (AP) — The civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila, who for decades fought discrimination in the classroom, the work place and the voting booth with groundbreaking success, has died, according to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

The advocacy group that Avila previously lead as president and general counsel said he died Friday at his Seattle home.

He was 69 years old.

Avila was a native of San Antonio with degrees from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He turned into a point man in the Hispanic civil rights battle and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Avila is survived by his wife, three children and a brother.