The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that she will attend the investiture ceremony for Rudolph Contreras today, June 20, 2012, at The United States Courthouse, 333 Constitution Ave. NW at 4:30 p.m., as he becomes a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia. Norton recommended Contreras, only the second Latino to serve as a U.S. District Court judge here, to the President.
Contreras began his career at Jones Day, a large international law firm, was brought on as assistant U.S. attorney in the District by Attorney General Eric Holder, who was U.S. attorney here at the time. Before his nomination and approval, Contreras served as chief of the Civil Division in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, a post that has often been a gateway to a judgeship on the federal district court bench.
"What a find Rudolph Contreras was for my Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Committee, which sent him along with several other candidates to select from," Norton said. "I believe that Mr. Contreras is a find for the bench and the entire city as well. From his stellar academic career to his exemplary service in top U.S. attorney positions here and in Delaware, his life-long commitment to excellence in whatever he pursued predicts that Mr. Contreras will be an outstanding judge."
President Obama granted Norton senatorial courtesy to recommend federal district court judges, the U.S. attorney, and other federal law enforcement officials in the District. The Congresswoman created a commission of D.C. residents, chaired by Pauline Schneider, to investigate candidates for openings and give her recommendations, which Norton in turn uses to help select the candidates she recommends to the President.