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Symposium Explores Issues Facing Latino Judiciary
Students at the School of Law (Boalt Hall) hosted a symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first judicial appointment of a Latino to a federal district court over the weekend of October 26-27. Participants at the event examined the current challenges facing the Latino legal community.

This first-of-its-kind conference brought together Latino state and federal judges from across the country. The symposium was sponsored in part by the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal.

The weekend's events began with the Judge Mario G. Olmos Memorial Lecture delivered by Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. A reception in honor of the newly appointed California Supreme Court Justice, Carlos Moreno, followed the lecture. The symposium continued on Saturday, October 27, with a series of panels that covered such topics as the experiences of the first Latino judges and the need for greater Latino representation on the bench.

Among the panelists were Maria Echaveste, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and the highest ranking Latina to ever serve in an administration; Justice Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino to be appointed to the California Supreme Court; and Judge Richard Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, whose appointment followed a particularly controversial confirmation process.


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