FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Daniel Herrera
February 1, 2017 T: 202-930-6805
WASHINGTON, DC --The President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz, today released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Gorsuch currently serves as on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
“We congratulate Judge Neil Gorsuch on his nomination to the Supreme Court,” said HNBA President Torres-Díaz. “However, we are disappointed that President Trump missed an opportunity to show inclusion in his nomination, by choosing not to nominate one of the many qualified Latino judges, or a woman or other minority, in order to have the court benefit from greater diversity of thought and experience.
“As we have done with previous nominations, the HNBA looks forward to evaluating Judge Gorsuch's judicial record in accordance with our longstanding due diligence review process. We also welcome the opportunity to meet with Judge Gorsuch as part of this review process.
“Among the factors considered under the HNBA endorsement process is a demonstrated commitment to the concept of equal opportunity and equal justice under law, as well as judicial independence. In light of recent, potentially unconstitutional executive actions targeting immigrant communities, we hope to learn more about Judge Gorsuch’s commitment to due process, separation of powers, and to the rights enshrined in the Constitution."
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.