The Senate confirmation of the Honorable Albert Diaz as Judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, has happened after 324 days, or almost 11 months from first being voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate confirming Judge Diaz on December 18, 2010. Despite this delay, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds the Senate’s action in confirming Judge Diaz prior to the adjournment of this Congress.
Diana S. Sen, HNBA National President, noted that “The HNBA is thrilled to hear that Judge Diaz has finally been confirmed and looks forward to his work on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.” “He is an excellent jurist and together with his broad range of judicial, private sector, and military justice experience, Judge Diaz will shine as the next Judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.”
For the last eight years, Judge Diaz has served as a Superior Court Judge in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the first Latino to hold a Superior Court seat in his State. Since 2005, he has also served as one of three North Carolina Business Court Judges. In addition, he teaches courses during the orientation for new superior court judges and presents continuing education courses at the Conference of North Carolina Superior Court Judges.
After retiring from active service, Judge Diaz served as reserve appellate defense counsel in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, representing over 200 clients in criminal appeals before the military appellate courts. He received the Reserve Navy Judge Advocate General’s “Award of Excellence” for outstanding meritorious service.