Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary calls on Senators to put politics aside, support Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan
Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary today urged members of the U.S. Senate to support the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit. Judge Jordan has bipartisan support and is exceptionally qualified, yet his nomination faces a cloture vote on Monday afternoon to overcome a filibuster. A group of Senators have pledged to block all Presidential nominees, regardless of the qualifications or the urgent need to fill the vacancies.
Last year President Obama appointed Judge Jordan to fill a seat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Florida. Growing case backlogs in that court caused the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to declare the vacancy a "judicial emergency." Judge Jordan's nomination was met with bipartisan support from his home state Senators, a top rating of "well-qualified" from the American Bar Association, and unanimous approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"As one of the founding law professors at Florida International University College of Law, I have had the good pleasure of working with and learning a great deal about Judge Jordon. Simply put, he is an extremely well-qualified jurist, an impressive and well-liked educator, and perhaps most importantly, a kind and humble public servant. These are truly rare traits for someone of his stature. He is a role model to many, including several of us on the FIU law faculty. I am sincerely honored and proud to have the opportunity to work with, and support this outstanding federal circuit court nominee. It would be a sad day of Washington politics if he is not fast-tracked to the federal court of appeals," said Professor Ediberto Roman of Florida International University College of Law.
"Judge Adalberto Jordan is an example of the excellent legal minds that the Hispanic community has to offer. His qualifications to serve on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals are impeccable and he rightly has the backing of both Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. There is no reason for any Senator to even contemplate a filibuster of this nominee. Judge Jordan deserves unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate,” said Benny Agosto, Jr., National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
“Our nation is fortunate to have talented individuals like Judge Adalberto Jordan, who rose through the legal profession and has served the public as an outstanding district court judge for the past 13 years. The United States Senate has dragged its feet on confirming talented Latino and other minority nominees for far too long. Judge Jordan should be confirmed immediately,” said Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores.
Judge Jordan was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States at age 6. He excelled at the University of Miami School of Law, then served as a clerk for the U.S. 11th Circuit and later for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. After rising through the ranks at a Miami law firm, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Florida where he served until his appointment as U.S. District Judge in 1999. He has now served with distinction for over a decade on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Since 2007, Judge Jordan has also taught at Florida International University College of Law.