FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2012
SCHUMER RECOMMENDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA JUSTICE NELSON ROMÁN TO SERVE AS NEXT JUDGE ON THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BENCH; JUSTICE ROMÁN STARTED AS A POLICE OFFICER & WORKED HIS WAY UP TO THE BENCH
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is recommending Justice Nelson Román to President Obama to serve as a judge in the Southern District federal court. Schumer laid out several reasons for recommending Justice Román, including his vast legal experience, his commitment to public service, and deep roots in New York. Schumer noted that for all those reasons, Justice Román would make a great judge on the Southern District bench, and eagerly recommended him to President Obama.
“Justice Nelson Román has deep roots in New York and has served at all levels of law enforcement, starting as a police officer and working his way all the way up to the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court,” said Schumer. “Justice Román perfectly fulfills the criteria I use for judges – excellence, diversity, and moderation – and I’m proud to recommend him for the Southern District bench.”
Prior to attending law school, Justice Román, 51, worked as a police officer in the South Bronx. While attending Brooklyn Law School, Justice Román continued to serve in the NYPD in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters. Upon graduating from law school, Roman continued his career in public service, working in the Kings County DA’s office as an Assistant District Attorney, and then as an ADA in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. After returning to the Kings County DA’s office, Román went on to serve as a law clerk in the New York State Unified Court System for the Honorable Jose A. Padilla.
In 1998, Román began his career as a judge, first serving in the New York City Civil Court, where he proceeded over civil plenary actions and summary proceedings. In 2003, Román became a justice of the New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, and in 2009, he moved to the prestigious First Appellate Division. In addition to his extensive legal experience, Román also has a long history of community involvement in New York organizations. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the Bronx County Bar Association, and has been a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also has teaching experience, having served as an Adjust Professor at Lehman College and at Monroe College.