The Hispanic National Bar Association has announced St. Mary’s University School of Law alumna and 144th Criminal District Court Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl (J.D. ’93) as Latina Judge of the Year.

She will be recognized at the 2010 Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention September 8-11 in Minneapolis, Minn.

“We are proud of Judge Torres-Stahl,” said Charles E. Cantú, St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean. “We congratulate her on this national accomplishment. It is truly an honor to be recognized by your peers. Her career and character continue to bring esteem to St. Mary’s School of Law.”

Torres-Stahl is a San Antonio native with degrees from St. Mary’s University and St. Mary’s School of Law. Prior to her election to the 144th District Court in 2006, she served as a City of San Antonio Municipal Court Judge. She cooperated with the City of San Antonio Community Initiatives Department to establish the Teen Court, which has been in operation since 2002. 

Among her many accomplishments, she has been recognized by St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice with the Amicus Award, Fox Tech High School’s Distinguished Alumni Award and Texas Teen Court Association’s Hall of Fame Award. Torres-Stahl has served as president of the Mexican American Bar Association and co-chair of the Judicial Council for the Hispanic National Bar Association. 

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