Trailblazing judge featured as part of Hispanic Heritage Month in Southern Indiana District

Chief Judge Juan R. Sánchez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Indiana State Bar Association Latino Affairs Committee.

In a speech entitled “A Vision of Justice: Finding a Seat at the Table,” Sánchez will talk about his background and the path he took from his childhood in rural Puerto Rico to his appointment to the federal bench. He is the first Hispanic chief judge in the Eastern Pennsylvania District Court’s history. Now having found a “seat at the table,” he champions initiatives focused on bringing more diversity and inclusion into the justice system. His presentation will provide the attendees with suggestions on how they can chart their own path towards this important goal.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and last about an hour. It will be held virtually because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, if conditions improve in the coming weeks and an in-person audience can be convened safely, registrants will be given the option to attend in-person.

One hour of Continuing Legal Education credit has been approved. Pre-registration is required and is available by emailing [email protected]

Sánchez was born in Vega, Baja, Puerto Rico and moved to Bronx, New York when he was 12. He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from City College of the City University of New York, and his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He served as a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he presided over civil, criminal and juvenile matters. He was nominated to the bench in 2003 by President George W. Bush and sworn in July 9, 2004.

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