Judiciary Committee Approves Three Texas Nominees

In: All News   Posted 06/17/2003

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the federal judicial nominations Thursday of Kathleen Cardone, Frank Montalvo and Xavier Rodriguez to be U.S. District Judges for the Western District of Texas. U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn recommended the three to President Bush for nomination earlier this year. Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced the nominees in a hearing last week, and made the following statement Thursday:"These three great judges and great Texans are exceptional nominees, and I’m confident that they will continue to serve with excellence and bolster their outstanding records when confirmed to the federal district bench."Judge Cardone, nominated by the President to serve on this newly created seat in the Western District, is no stranger to such an experience, having already served in a number of judicial positions on newly created courts. She will do an excellent job."Judge Montalvo, who serves where I once did as a state district judge, will bring to the federal district bench exceptional and unique qualifications. He will apply the law with precision and objectivity."Justice Rodriguez will be a worthy successor to Ed Prado, who was recently confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Rodriguez has been a leader in his previous roles and I’m sure he will continue to be one on the federal district bench.” Sen. Hutchison said: “These fine jurists will serve with honor and distinction on the federal bench, as they meet the high standards Americans expect of our judiciary. I am pleased with today’s Committee vote and strongly urge the full Senate to approve their nominations.” This committee action moves the nominations to the Senate calendar, making them available for a final confirmation vote by the full Senate at a time selected by the majority leader. - See biographical sketches below -- Judge Kathleen Cardone of El Paso is a 1979 graduate of St. Mary’s School of Law, in San Antonio. She began her legal career as a briefing attorney for U.S. Magistrate Judge Philip Schraub in the Southern District of Texas. In 1983, the City Council of El Paso appointed her to serve on a newly created Municipal Court in El Paso. In 1990, the Council of Judges for the County of El Paso unanimously appointed her to serve as an Associate Judge of the Family Law Court. In 1995, she was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush to Texas’s new 383rd Judicial District Court. And in 1999, she was appointed to Texas’s new 388th Judicial District Court, where she presided over a specialized family law court. Since 2001, she has been serving as a visiting judge for the state of Texas. Judge Cardone is also an active member of her community. She chairs the Board of Directors of the El Paso County Domestic Relations Office, and the Children Cope with Divorce Committee of the YWCA Paso Del Norte Region. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Strong Families/Strong Future Committee and of the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center. Judge Frank Montalvo currently serves on the 288th Judicial District Court of Texas, in San Antonio. Before joining the legal profession, he was a crash test safety engineer for General Motors. Judge Montalvo was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico, and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. He was engaged in the private practice of law until 1994, when he became Judge of the 288th Judicial District Court. He is a prolific legal writer and speaker, with a particular expertise and emphasis on issues of judicial procedure. Judge Montalvo is also active in Boy Scout Troop 233 in Leon Spring, and a member of the board of directors of both the Child Guidance Center and the Rape Crisis Center. Justice Xavier Rodriguez is a native of San Antonio. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1983, and a Master of Public Affairs degree and a law degree from the University of Texas in 1987. He served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves until 1993, and practiced law with the prestigious Texas law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski until 2001, when Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court. He is board certified in Labor & Employment Law, a subject on which he has written extensively. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the San Antonio Bar Association, and a Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation. He has held leadership positions in the State Bar of Texas. In addition, Justice Rodriguez is a member of the Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Minorities in Technology. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the St. Mary’s University School of Law, a former chairman of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and a former president of the Harvard Club of San Antonio and Respite Care of San Antonio.