OBAMA COMMENDED FOR JUDICIAL NOMINATION OF TWO HNBA-ENDORSED LATINOS TO US DISTRICT COURT IN PENNSYLVANIA
HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION COMMENDS OBAMA JUDICIAL NOMINATION OF TWO LATINOS TO US DISTRICT COURT IN PENNSYLVANIA
Contact: Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq.
Phone: (202) 223-4777
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2012
Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. commends President Obama on his nomination of Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro and Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Since 1991 the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro has served as a Judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, where she has presided over both civil and criminal matters. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for Community Legal Services, Inc. Subsequently she served as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She received her Juris Doctor and B.B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico.
The Honorable Luis Felipe Restrepo has served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2006, where he has presided over a variety of criminal and civil matters. He began his legal career as a law clerk at the National Prison Project. Afterwards he served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Prior to taking the bench he was a named partner at the law firm of Krasner & Restrepo. He received his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
“The HNBA is pleased that President Obama has nominated these two highly qualified Hispanics, Judges Quiñones and Restrepo, to serve on the federal bench. Both candidates were endorsed by our organization for these judicial appointments. We commend President Obama in continuing to promote diversity in our federal judiciary through his nomination of Judges Quiñones and Restrepo to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” stated National President Reyes. “Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro and Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo are strong candidates who will serve on the federal bench with distinction, and I urge the U.S. Senate to support the timely confirmation of these two highly qualified candidates.”
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding four decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.