The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Texas, will soon be without a single Latino judge on the bench after President Trump’s recent nomination of Judge Edward Prado to serve as the ambassador to Argentina. Judge Prado’s replacement — serving a state where nearly four in 10 Texans are Latino — will not be Latino.
Approximately 90 percent of President Trump’s judicial nominees have been white. Prado’s departure, and subsequent non-diverse replacement, highlights the administration’s practice of passing over well-qualified Latino judges for seats on the federal bench, at a time when the country and the practice of law have become increasingly diverse.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill.
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