Southwestern Alumnus Appointed Honduran Ambassador to Mexico
In September, Southwestern alumnus Jose Mariano Castillo '64 was sworn in as the new Honduran Ambassador to Mexico, where he hopes to fortify relations between the two countries. Upon taking this position, Ambassador Castillo told the Honduras News that the immigration issue is a priority because it impacts many Hondurans who try to pass through Mexico to come to the United States.
Ambassador Castillo is an internationally prominent attorney, businessman and educator with ties throughout the Americas and Europe. In 2009, the Honduran Ministry of Education named a school after Castillo, the first time the Central American country named a school in honor of a living person. The "Liceo Abogado Mariano Castillo Mercado," a bilingual Spanish/English academy, was established by a nonprofit organization of business and civic leaders.
Ambassador Castillo was born in San Jose de Colinas, Honduras, and attended grade school there before leaving for Tegucigalpa, the nation's capital, where he graduated from high school. His parents then sent him to college in the United States, where his undergraduate studies at UCLA were interrupted by his military service with the United States Army 4th Infantry Division. After earning a B.A. degree in Political Science and Public Administration, he earned his J.D. from Southwestern, passed the bar and began practicing law in 1965.
Ambassador Castillo developed an international practice involving governmental and private clients, mostly in the areas of business, probate, aviation, immigration and family law. He serves as legal counsel for the governments of Spain, Argentina, Chile and Honduras. He also has a large clientele in Mexico and operates a fully staffed office in Mexico City. Additionally, he has corresponding lawyers in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Panama, Honduras, Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao. Mr. Castillo is also Of Counsel to the firm of Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman in Chicago. "I have always been grateful to Southwestern for having given me the opportunity to receive a good legal education and to prepare me for a successful career in the law," Ambassador Castillo said.