LULAC Applauds Confirmation of Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Senate, with a vote of 82 to 6 confirmed Luis Felipe Restrepo as an appellate judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Restrepo became the first Hispanic from Pennsylvania to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

“Judge Restrepo has spent much of his legal career helping to protect the rights and liberties of underserved communities by first serving as a law clerk for the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project and then serving as a public defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “LULAC applauds his confirmation to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and is confident that Judge Restrepo’s judicial experience, along with his compassion and understanding of the less advantaged, will be a benefit to the bench.”

Judge Restrepo served as U.S. Magistrate Judge and as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In addition, he spearheaded the Eastern District’s reentry program which helps individuals who have recently been released from federal custody to reenter the community.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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