HNBA Commends the Confirmation of The Honorable Diana Saldaña and The Honorable Marco Hernandez

February 7, 2011

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends the Senate for confirming The Honorable Diana Saldaña to the U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, and The Honorable Marco Hernandez to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.  It also applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for reporting out of committee by voice vote The Honorable Edward Davila.   Having been unanimously approved by the committee, Judge Davila now only awaits full Senate confirmation.

Diana S. Sen, HNBA President, noted that, “The HNBA is proud to have supported the nominations of Judge Saldaña and Judge Hernandez.  Each possesses extraordinary credentials that will serve our judiciary well.  We are also very pleased that the Senate is taking the necessary steps to advance Judge Davila through the confirmation process. Given the current judicial vacancy crisis present in our federal courts, the HNBA is hopeful that he will be confirmed without delay.”

On March 27, 2006, Judge Saldaña was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas. She was recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for performing her duties with excellence and integrity, as she worked to enforce federal narcotics and immigration law in Laredo, TX. She also served in the prestigious Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the employment litigation section.

Judge Hernandez, began his legal career representing farm workers with the Legal Aid Services of Oregon. After working for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office as a deputy prosecutor for several years, he was appointed as a Washington County judge in 1995. In July 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Hernandez for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, but was not confirmed during the 110th Congress. On July 14, 2010, Obama re-nominated Judge Hernandez to replace Garr King. Judge Hernandez was nominated a third time in January 2011 after the Senate failed to confirm his nomination during the 112th Congress.

A native of the Bay Area, Judge Edward Davila began his legal career as a Deputy Public Defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Santa Clara County.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Davila developed a career of twenty years as a trial lawyer. Since 2001, Judge Davila has served on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, where he oversees cases in the criminal, civil, family and juvenile justice divisions.