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Hispanic Americans in the Law

History

Members of racial minority groups face hurdles at almost every step of the process preceding appointment to the federal judiciary. Hispanic Americans have struggled to make a strong impact on the federal courts

Today, Hispanic Americans make up approximately 8% of the federal judiciary. The Hispanic National bar Association, founded in 1972, was the first national minority bar association established for Hispanic Americans. In 1961, Reynaldo G. Garza became the first Hispanic American to sit on the federal bench. 

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