Hispanic National Bar Association Commends the Confirmations of Sarah Saldaña, Marina Garcia Marmolejo, and Judge Juan F. Vasquez

Contact: Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
E-mail: ztapia@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

September 28, 2011

Hispanic National Bar Association Commends the Confirmations of Sarah Saldaña, Marina Garcia Marmolejo, and Judge Juan F. Vasquez

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National bar Association (HNBA) commends the United States Senate for the confirmation of Sarah Saldaña as the first Latina to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, the confirmation of Marina Garcia Marmolejo to the United States District Court of the Southern District of Texas, Laredo, and the reappointment of Juan F. Vasquez to the United States Tax Court.

Benny Agosto, Jr., HNBA President, noted that, “The HNBA commends the U.S. Senate for the swift confirmations of these highly qualified individuals.  Sarah Saldaña has distinguished herself for over 25 years as an exceptional litigator and prosecutor in both the private and public sector, and she will continue to serve with distinction as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.  Ms. Marmolejo has an ideal blend of experience, ability, and temperament for the federal bench, and is poised for a distinguished career.  We equally commend the reappointment of Judge Vasquez, as he has demonstrated his intellection prowess, judicial temperament, and his strong work ethic through a distinguished career on the U.S. Tax Court – the HNBA hopes that in the near future a second Hispanic will be nominated to this very important court.”

Sarah Saldaña began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  Following her tenure as a law clerk, she joined the law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP as an associate, and subsequently became a partner at Baker Botts LLP.  For the past five years she has served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas as the Deputy Criminal Chief.  She received her B.S. Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&I University and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.

Marina Garcia Marmolejo started down her path in the legal profession as a Federal Public Defender in both the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, where she gained invaluable and extensive experience on the defense side of the bar.  She was subsequently recruited to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas.  She distinguished herself again on the prosecutorial side, where she successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases involving public corruption, illegal narcotics, firearms, and human trafficking.  Prior to her confirmation, she was working within the realm of private practice at Reid Davis, LLP in Austin, Texas, where she added civil experience to her profile.  She earned her B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word, and her M.A. and J.D. from St. Mary’s University.

Judge Juan F. Vasquez has served as the sole Hispanic Jurist on the U.S. Tax Court for the past 15 years.  Judge Vasquez was born in San Antonio, Texas where he began his life as a migrant farm worker who served as a bicycle messenger to help support his family and to earn enough money to pursue higher education.  He began his professional career at Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a member of the audit staff.  After earning his L.L.M., Judge Vasquez worked for the Internal Revenue Service Office of the Chief Counsel.  Judge Vasquez is a licensed CPA and earned his LLM in Taxation from the New York University School of Law, and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

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 www.hnba.com.