Luis Torres earned a B.A. degree from John Jay College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC and worked as an attorney for the Voting Rights Institute in Boston. He then spent several years as a special counsel to a United States Congressman in New York, where he advised on environmental law, energy policy and developed strategies for addressing environmental hazards in the community.
Luis then joined the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County as a staff attorney and then law guardian. He next served as the Associate Director for Community and Public Affairs at the Center for Sustainable Energy, which is part of City University of New York. In this role, he helped the Center promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in urban communities. He has served as Acting Village Justice in the Village of Haverstraw Justice Court since 2011.
Some career highlights include:
- Supervising election observers in federal elections pursuant to the National Voting Rights Act;
- Filing an EPA Title VI Environmental Justice Complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of South Bronx community organizations;
- Organizing regional conferences and exhibitions on alternative fuel vehicles and technology;
- Helping seafood wholesale business obtain funding to purchase the first medium-duty all-electric trucks in New York State;
- Successfully litigating a case through New York State appellate court on behalf of an indigent client
- New York State Bar
- Rockland County Bar Association
- Rockland Business Association Green Council
- Executive Board of Empire Clean Cities