Judge Salvador Mendoza Will Be a Tremendous Asset to the Ninth Circuit

Courts News, Media 09.12.22

Contact: Rachel Hooper, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, senior director of the fair courts program at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Judge Salvador Mendoza to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“Judge Mendoza’s years of distinguished public service and experience as a criminal defense attorney make him an exceptional choice to serve on the Ninth Circuit. Throughout his long judicial career on both state and federal courts, he has shown that he is dedicated to equal justice. Judge Mendoza was the first Latino judge ever to serve on the Eastern District of Washington, and now he becomes the first to serve on the Ninth Circuit from Washington state.

“We need judges with different lived experiences — especially from communities that have long been excluded from serving on our courts — to bring varied perspectives to the federal bench. The Senate’s confirmation of Judge Mendoza is an important step towards ensuring that our federal courts reflect and represent the diversity of our nation.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of the confirmation of Judge Salvador Mendoza.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.