For Immediate Release: February 16, 2016
Christian Estevez – 973-418-7012
Lazaro Cardenas – 732-500-7864
The Latino Action Network [LAN] today endorsed the nomination of attorney Emilia Perez to the Trenton Municipal Court. Perez is not only competent and respected among the legal community but will alsoallow Trenton’s Municipal court to better reflect the residents it serves.
Perez who is a graduate of Seton Hall Law and a former Judicial law clerk for the Honorable Bradley J. Ferencz has been nominated by, Trenton’s Mayor Eric Jackson, to the position of Municipal Judge. Perez has served since 2008 as Assistant Corporation Counsel,and since 2012 as Assistant Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Newark.
“We commend Mayor Eric Jackson for nominating a qualified Latina to serve as a municipal judge in Trenton. The state's Capital has a population that is over 30% Latino, yet has not had a Latino judge serving on the bench for a very long time,” said Latino Action Network President, Christian Estevez. “However, the nomination of Emilia Perez helps insure that those applying and interpreting the laws also represent the community’s racial and ethnic diversity.”
Estevez urged the Trenton City Council to promptly vote to confirm Perez saying, "The appointment of Emilia Perez is a step in the right direction toward alleviating the severe underrepresentation of Latinos at all levels of New Jersey's judiciary." He added that, "The Latino Action Network will continue its efforts to remedy this lack of Latino judges, an ethnic group which represents almost one-fifth of the state’s residents.”
The Latino Action Network was founded in 2009 to fight for political empowerment and defend civil rights.