Monday, May 9, 2011

Latinos nominated to U.S. District Courts

President Barack Obama nominates three Latinos to U.S. District Courts.

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends President Barack H. Obama for his nomination yesterday afternoon of The Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; Edgardo Ramos for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and The Honorable Robert Scola to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Diana S. Sen, HNBA President, noted that, "The HNBA is proud to support the nomination of these highly qualified candidates, and we now look to the U.S. Senate to take the necessary steps to advance these qualified nominees speedily through the confirmation process. Given the current judicial vacancy crisis present in our federal courts, the HNBA is hopeful that they will be confirmed without delay."

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is a Superior Court Judge in Alameda County, California, where she has served since 2008.  Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Gonzalez Rogers served Alameda County as a pro tem judge from 2007 to 2008 and as a member of the civil grand jury from 2005 to 2007, serving as foreperson from 2006 to 2007.  Previously, she worked as a litigator in private practice at the law firm of Cooley Godward LLP (now Cooley LLP) in San Francisco from 1991 to 2003, where she was an equity partner from 1999 to 2001.  Judge Gonzalez Rogers received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and her A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University.

Edgardo Ramos has been a partner with the law firm Day Pitney LLP since 2002.  He also serves as a Commissioner on the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption, an appointment he has held since 2003.   Prior to joining Day Pitney, Ramos served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from 1992 to 2002.  From 1987 to 1992, Ramos worked in private practice as an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.  Ramos received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Yale College.   

Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr. serves as a Judge on Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit, where he has presided over criminal, civil, and family law matters since 1995.  Prior to joining the bench, he spent a decade in private practice as both a sole practitioner and, from 1992 to 1993, at the law firm of Quinon, Strafer & Scola, as a criminal defense attorney representing a wide range of defendants in both state and federal courts.  Judge Scola began his law practice at the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, where he worked from 1980 to 1986.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Brown University.

The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, and law students of Hispanic descent in the United States and its territories.  For more information about the HNBA, please visit .

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