Hispanic National Bar Association Responds to Attacks on the Honorable Alberto R....

Hispanic National Bar Association Responds to Attacks on the Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court



SHARE THIS ARTICLE

Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US NEWSWIRE)–September 13, 2005–The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) reaffirms its support of eight preeminent Latino jurists for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. On July 1, 2005, the HNBA issued a press release naming eight current and former Latino judges as highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court: the Honorable Jose A. Cabranes, the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, the Honorable Emilio M. Garza, the Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales, the Honorable Victor Marrero, the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, the Honorable Federico A. Moreno, and the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor. The list was developed after months of work by a non-partisan committee of lawyers drawn from throughout the United States. Included on the list was the Attorney General of the United States Alberto R. Gonzales.

Recently, in the wake of talk about his possible nomination, Attorney General Gonzales has been the subject of attacks from the left and the right.

“We are steadfast in our support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,” said Alan Varela, HNBA National President. “The HNBA endorsed Alberto Gonzales for the office of U.S. Attorney General based on his professional, educational, and legal experience. Our Supreme Court Task Force identified Attorney General Gonzales as one of several Latinos highly qualified to sit on the Supreme Court based on a variety of criteria, including integrity, character, judicial experience, and judicial temperament. Each is exceedingly qualified for the Supreme Court and we stand by all of them,” said Varela.

The HNBA is a non-profit, non-partisan, national association representing the interests of Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, law graduates, law students, legal administrators, and legal assistants or paralegals in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its continuing mission: To improve the study, practice, and administration of justice for all Americans by ensuring the meaningful participation of Hispanic Americans in the legal profession.

–30–

Hispanic National Bar Association Responds to Attacks on the Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court