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
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