Luis P. Sanchez, JD, LLM
Vice President, Academic Affairs at Allan Hancock College
My family background: My parents, Amador and Josefina Sanchez, immigrated to the United States from Mexico so that their children would benefit from an American education and escape a life of poverty. I was born on August 13, 1954 in Laredo, Texas. I have an older sister, Hilda, and a younger brother, Amador, Jr., both of whom have built highly successful businesses in Long Beach, California. Initially, we spoke only Spanish, but my siblings and I learned the English language in school.
My education: After graduating high school in Huntington Park, California, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1976. In 1983, I earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and then a Master’s degree in Business and Tax Law from McGeorge in 1990.
My career: I started my own law practice in the Sacramento area in 1983, emphasizing commercial law. I began teaching business law part-time in 1986 at the University of Northern California School of Law, and then at California State University, Sacramento, from 1998 to 1991. From 1991 to 2006, I taught law and taxation full-time at Sierra Community College, in Rocklin, California, and practiced law part-time. I was twice recognized as Outstanding Faculty of the Year during this period. In 2006, I was appointed Associate Dean of the Business Division at Sierra College, and was promoted to Dean in 2008. During this period, I also served as President of the Management Senate, and as Interim Equal Employment Opportunity Director. In July of 2011, I was appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs for Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria, California.
Other: I am the proud father of two adult children, Robert and Elizabeth, both of whom attended Sierra Community College and then earned bachelor’s degrees from UCLA and UCSD, respectively. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Maria, and have published two textbook supplements on California Business Law. I have two rescue dogs who take me for a walk each morning. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing golf, watching movies, traveling, playing guitar, and attending PCPA plays.