Nelson Diaz

Hill resident Nelson Diaz, who served as city solicitor under Mayor John Street and as general counsel to the Department of Housing and Urban Development under president Bill Clinton, will be discussing and reading from his new autobiography, “Not from Here, Not from There,” (Temple Press) at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Diaz was the first Puerto Rican lawyer admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the state’s first Latino judge. He’s presently a partner with the Center City law firm Dilworth Paxon.

Now 70, Diaz grew up in a New York City tenement and worked his way to Temple Law School. The book’s title is derived from a Puerto Rican saying, “No soy de aquí ni de allá,” which describes the Puerto Rican condition of feeling like a foreigner wherever they are. The book describes Diaz’s rise from a poor kid in New York to a leading lawyer, judge and political figure who even ran for Mayor of Philadelphia in 2014.

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