Yesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed Nitza Quinones Alejandro, the first openly lesbian Latina federal court judge in the United States.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Quiñones earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
She worked with Community Legal Services from 1975 to 1977, was an attorney adviser for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1977 to 1979, and staff attorney for what is now the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 1979 to 1991.
Quiñones was nominated by Gov. Robert P. Casey to a vacancy on Common Pleas Court in 1991 and was then elected to full 10-year terms. She was the court’s first Latina judge.
Much of her tenure has been as a judge in civil cases, and she is a judicial team leader specializing in complex civil litigation.
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