Miami Law alumnus Judge Adalberto José Jordán is being honored this weekend as Latino Judge of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association at its 37th annual convention in Seattle.
Judge Jordán was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nominated by President Obama in August last year, Judge Jordán is the first Cuban-American to sit on the 11th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He graduated summa cum laude from Miami Law in 1987 and has been an adjunct professor at the law school since 1990. He is also a member of the school's visiting committee.
Prior to his role with the 11th Circuit, Judge Jordán had been a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Florida since 1999. He received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association and has a stellar judicial record. Eearlier, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was Chief of the Appellate Division and Counsel on Legal Policy, in 1998 and 1999. In the late 1980's, after obtaining his law degree, he was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The HNBA is a national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States. Its annual meeting is the largest gathering of Latino lawyers, judges, and law students in the United States. For three decades the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by promoting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing.