Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised the Senate confirmation of Marylander Jimmie V. Reyna as the next U.S. Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Reyna will be the first Latino to serve on the Federal Circuit in its history. Senator Cardin had recommended Reyna, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, to President Obama for this court vacancy.
“As the first Latino Federal Circuit judge in our nation’s history, Mr. Reyna’s confirmation moves us closer to our goal of realizing equal justice under the law,” said Senator Cardin. “As the son of missionary parents who instilled in him a belief that all people are equal, he has committed his life’s work to ensuring that all people get a fair shake in our legal system.
“Mr. Reyna is an outstanding trade lawyer who brings over 20 years of invaluable international trade experience to a court that – while responsible for such adjudication – previously did not have an international trade expert among its ranks. He has also continually proven his dedication to making society a better place for all of us through his exhaustive pro bono work and community service in Maryland. As a former National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Mr. Reyna also has brought special focus to the needs of the growing Latino community.”
Mr. Reyna has 23 years of experience in international trade law, and is currently a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Williams Mullen. He has handled matters and represented clients before the Federal Circuit, the Court of International Trade, and foreign governmental bodies. He also serves on the roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade disputes under NAFTA and the WTO. He has authored several articles and two books on international trade issues.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is unique among the federal circuit courts in that it has nationwide jurisdiction in a number of subject areas, including international trade, patents, and federal employment law.