The HBA-NJ Applauds The Appointment Of Judge Julio L. Mendez

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) applauds the milestone appointment of Superior Court Judge Julio L. Mendez to serve as Assignment Judge of Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage.  This appointment is especially noteworthy since Judge Mendez will be New Jersey’s first Hispanic assignment judge.

In 2002, Judge Mendez began serving as Superior Court Judge in the Criminal Division in Cumberland County and then in the Family Division.  Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Mendez received his juris doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, and worked in private practice for 20 years.  Judge Mendez also served as Staff Attorney for the Cumberland County Board of Social Services, as Vineland City Solicitor, and as a Trustee for Cumberland County College.  While on the bench, Judge Mendez has served with distinction in various leadership roles, including as a Chairman of the Children in Court Committee of the Conference of Presiding Family Judges, Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Family Practice, and as a policy maker and problem solver on various statewide conferences and committees.  His commitment to serve the Hispanic community has been evident throughout his career and through his affiliation with the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

In commending this appointment, HBA-NJ President Suzette Rodriguez remarked:  “Judge Mendez is a trailblazer who has led a distinguished career first in private practice and then as a jurist.  Judge Mendez is highly deserving of this appointment and we are confident that he will continue to serve New Jersey in a spirit of fairness, honor, and excellence.  We are also very pleased because Judge Mendez’s ascension as an assignment judge is groundbreaking for the continuing advancement of the Hispanic community.”

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