HBA-DC APPLAUDS CONFIRMATION OF RUDOLPH CONTRERAS TO U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
(Washington, DC – March 22, 2012) – Today, the United States Senate confirmed Rudolph Contreras, who was nominated by President Obama to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia ("HBA-DC"), which gave Mr. Contreras its highest endorsement, applauds his historic confirmation.
Mr. Contreras is the first Cuban-American judge on the U.S. District Court and the second Latino to sit on the Court. He succeeds Judge Ricardo Urbina, who is retiring.
The HBA-DC praises the efforts of the many individuals who supported Mr. Contreras' nomination, including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who recommended Mr. Contreras to the President.
Mr. Contreras enters the District Court after serving as Chief of the Civil Division of the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. His exemplary legal career also includes service to the community, having served as an HBA-DC mentor to numerous law students over the years.
HBA-DC President Lyzka DeLaCruz stated, "For 35 years, the HBA-DC has worked to support highly qualified Latino candidates, such as Mr. Contreras, to serve in the D.C. courts. The HBA-DC’s professional and personal knowledge of Mr. Contreras makes us proud to count him among our members and mentors. Mr. Contreras has been and will continue to be an inspiration to the D.C. Latino legal community.”
About the HBA-DC
The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, voluntary legal association representing the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and legal professionals within the greater Washington, D.C. area. Its mission is promoting the professional development of Hispanic lawyers and law students; promoting equal justice and opportunities for all Hispanics; and promoting the appointment of Hispanics to leadership positions in Federal, state, and local governments, in the judiciary, and in other leadership positions. For more information visit http://www.hbadc.org.
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