Curtis is a member of the Hispanic bar Association of Palm Beach County.
Curtis is one of five children of Raul and Elaine Alva. Raul's parents, Jose Refugio Alba and Cecilia Lilian Guevara came to this country as itinerant farm workers from Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Raul and 5 of his 6 siblings were put into foster homes when their mother died. Raul grew up working on a farm owned by his foster mother in Draper, Utah. He later joined the Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. Curtis grew up in Reno Nevada, and then worked his way through college, sometimes a full time student with part time jobs, other times a part time student with a full time job, and at one time an ex-patriot in Saudi Arabia. He attended Ricks College, Idaho State University and the University of Utah. Curtis is the first member of the Alva/Alba family to graduate from college.
Curtis is the co-founder, with then Chief Justice Myron Steele, of the Delaware Supreme Court, of two initiatives: Changing the Face of Corporate Law, and Changing the Face of Securities Law. These are initiatives to attract diverse law students to careers in corporate law and securities law and they have brokered more than $150,000.00 in grants to diverse students from 19 law schools over 5 years.
For the past five years, Curtis has addressed the federal securities bar on the topic of increasing its diversity at the Annual Securities Regulation Institute in New York.
Alva & Gleizer is 100% minority owned. The Firm is applying for Minority Business Enterprise ("MBE") certification with the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council ("SFMSDC") and for membership in the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms ("NAMWOLF"), and the Law Firm Affiliate Network (FAN) of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Curtis is a member of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association.
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