'Change Is Happening,' NJ Judge Says Of Court Diversity

By Bill Wichert (July 18, 2018, 11:22 PM EDT) -- With the New Jersey federal court having grown more diverse over the years, building on that progress requires minority lawyers to attend professional events, apply for jobs, show up at the courthouse and make themselves known, the state's top federal jurist said Wednesday before a panel discussion.

As a young lawyer, Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares said he was petrified about going to the federal court, where "there was no one there that looked like me or acted like me" and "everybody was ... older, white men."

Over the years, however, "the face of the court has changed," he...

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