U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Holds Nomination Hearing for Jimmie V. Reyna

February 16, 2011

Washington, D.C. – On February 16th, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a confirmation hearing for Jimmie V. Reyna, Past HNBA National President.  President Barack H. Obama nominated Mr. Reyna to serve as United States Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).  During the hearing, Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) provided introductory statements; Sen. Cornyn noted, “Perhaps the strongest testament to Mr. Reyna’s ability has been the trust others have placed in him,” and after highlighting Mr. Reyna’s qualifications, the Senator added, “If the true measure of a person is what they have done for others, then Mr. Reyna has once again exceeded all standards.”

The CAFC has nationwide jurisdiction of appeals arising from, among others, federal district courts, the Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Claims and a variety of agencies involving, international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, and certain money claims against the U.S. government.  Mr. Reyna received a unanimous rating of well qualified from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, the highest possible rating. Upon confirmation, Mr. Reyna would become the first Latino to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He has over three decades of legal experience and 24 years as an international trade practitioner.  He is a partner at Williams Mullen in Washington, D.C. and leads his firm’s International Trade & Customs Group, and serves on its firm’s board of directors.

Mr. Reyna has a long record of service to the legal profession and the community.  He served on numerous positions in the American Bar Association (ABA) and the HNBA, culminating with his service as National President (2006-2007).  He is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the HNBA Journal of Law & Policy and Director of Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children.  In 2009, the Government of Mexico honored Mr. Reyna with its Ohtli Award, in recognition of his contributions to opening pathways for Latino communities in the U.S.