An April article from Fox News has brought new attention to a long-standing problem within the legal community, namely the shortage of Latino justices on our nation's state supreme courts. As the 2010 Census numbers begin to be thoroughly analyzed, it is clear that the Hispanic population in the United States has grown exponentially once again, accounting for more than half of all U.S. population growth in the last decade. Latinos now represent 16% of the total population, or about 50 million people. However, they only make up 3% of the justices on state supreme courts, for an embarrassing total of 10 justices out of 326 nationwide, and only represent the courts of six states. Even more eye opening is the fact that the current number of Latino justices has only grown by four since 1990.
[email protected], Jr., a partner with the law firm Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, was recently sworn in as the National President-Elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) at the 2010 HNBA Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As National President-Elect, Mr. Agosto will help the HNBA collaborate with other national bar associations, governmental leaders, and community groups to achieve greater involvement and prominence in the legal profession by Hispanics.