The Hispanic National Bar Association Commends President Obama’s Nomination of Marina Garcia Marmolejo to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

August 6, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds President Barack H. Obama’s decision to nominate Ms. Marina Garcia Marmolejo to be U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Marmolejo possesses paramount qualifications as well as an inspiring life story, making her nomination a true symbol of the American Dream. The HNBA urges the U.S. Senate to confirm Ms. Marmolejo expeditiously.

Román D. Hernández, HNBA National President, stated, “Ms. Marmolejo is an exceptional attorney who has excelled in the legal profession throughout her career. We are extremely proud to support her candidacy and to see her nominated by the President. Her legal experience as a litigator in both public and private practice has well-prepared her to serve with distinction on the federal bench.”

Marina Garica Marmolejo is a founding partner of the San Antonio office of the law firm of Reid Davis. Prior to joining the firm, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney where she tried over 30 cases to verdict, prosecuting hundreds of cases annually involving public corruption, money laundering, illegal narcotics, and human trafficking.  Ms. Marmolejo currently specializes in investigating and prosecuting civil RICO and other money laundering related claims. Many of these money laundering cases are the product of joint prosecution agreements with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Given her unique skill set, during her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marina was often recruited by the Department of Justice’s OPDAT (Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training) program to teach trial advocacy skills to foreign prosecutors and agents.

Ms. Marmolejo received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word, her master’s degree from St. Mary’s University, and her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. President Hernández concluded, “Ms. Marmolejo is an example of how HNBA members are leaders in diverse areas of the law, whose expertise is being recognized by the broader legal community and acknowledged by the President Obama.  We hope to see additional nominations of qualified Hispanic lawyers and judges so that the federal judiciary reflects the diversity of the nation that it serves.”

The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, non-partisan, 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, its territories and Puerto Rico.  For more information about the HNBA, please visit www.hnba.com.