HNBA Commends the Confirmation of The Honorable Albert Diaz to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds the Senate confirmation of the Honorable Albert Diaz as Judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After 324 days, or almost 11 months from first being voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate finally confirmed Judge Diaz on December 18, 2010. Despite this delay, the HNBA applauds the Senate’s action in confirming Judge Diaz prior to the adjournment of this Congress.

Diana S. Sen, HNBA National President, noted that “The HNBA is thrilled to hear that Judge Diaz has finally been confirmed and looks forward to his work on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.” “He is an excellent jurist and together with his broad range of judicial, private sector, and military justice experience, Judge Diaz will shine as the next Judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

For the last eight years, Judge Diaz has served as a Superior Court Judge in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was the first Latino to hold a Superior Court seat in his State.  Since 2005, he has also served as one of three North Carolina Business Court Judges.  In addition, he teaches courses during the orientation for new superior court judges and presents continuing education courses at the Conference of North Carolina Superior Court Judges.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Diaz gained valuable litigation experience in the government and private sectors.  From 1995 to 2001, he was a trial attorney specializing in commercial litigation with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, where he appeared in federal and state courts in North Carolina and elsewhere.

After retiring from active service, Judge Diaz served as reserve appellate defense counsel in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, representing over 200 clients in criminal appeals before the military appellate courts.  He received the Reserve Navy Judge Advocate General’s “Award of Excellence” for outstanding meritorious service.  From 2000 to 2005, he served as a Reserve Military Judge in the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, presiding over courts-martial cases.  Finally, in 2005 and 2006, Judge Diaz served as Reserve Appellate Judge in the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, presiding over oral arguments and writing opinions resolving appeals of service members convicted of criminal offenses at courts-martial.