Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association and La Voz, the Latino/Hispanic Law Student Association at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law to highlight the importance of diversity and the role women play in the legal profession.
“One of my core beliefs is that government works best when our leaders are as diverse as the people they represent. I am proud of the growing role that women have in our state’s communities, but we still have much work to do to ensure that women have access to the resources they need to reach the highest levels in their professions. I want to thank U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gloria Navarro, U.S. District Court Judge Jennie Dorsey and Nevada District Court Judge Tierra D. Jones for sharing their experiences. I also want to thank the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association and La Voz for inviting me to participate and explore ways in which we can work together to establish mentorship programs, create career pipelines and make the necessary investments to make the legal profession more diverse. Their input is important and I will take their voices back with me to Washington. As the first Latina to serve in the United States Senate, it is my duty to use my seat at the table and work with my colleagues to tackle the challenges that remain. We must continue to work towards increasing the representation of women not just in government, but in clerkships, judgeships, partner positions, and general counsel roles. ”