El Paso Judge Maria Salas-Mendoza has been sworn in as president and chair of the board of directors of Texas Latinx Judges, or TLJ, the organization announced in a press release. The nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association focuses on “the advancement of current and future Latinx judges” through networking opportunities, recognition of contributions to the judiciary, encouraging judicial service in the community, according to a press release.
Salas-Mendoza succeeds TLJ Past President Judge Victor Villarreal, of Laredo.
Salas-Mendoza, an El Paso native, has more than 16 years of judicial experience and has served as judge of the 120th Judicial District Court in El Paso since 2007. After graduating from Harvard, she earned her law degree from UCLA School of Law. Most recently, Salas-Mendoza served as TLJ’s president-elect last year, and as secretary the year prior. She will work together with President-elect Chief Justice Dori Contreras, of the 13th Court of Appeals, to promote TLJ’s mission and provide programs for judges and students.
“Judge Salas-Mendoza will excel in her role as president,” TLJ Immediate Past President Judge Victor Villarreal said in a press release. “Her extensive knowledge of judicial, state bar, and legal issues uniquely qualify her to strengthen TLJ’s mission and goals.”