Udall, Bennet Welcome Nomination of William Martinez to Become District Court Judge for District of Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet congratulated William Martinez on his nomination by the Obama Administration to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Colorado. Senators Udall and Bennet recommended Martinez for the position after a lengthy and detailed selection process. His nomination now must be confirmed by the full Senate.

"Federal judgeships are lifetime appointments, and for that reason our selection process was extremely rigorous," Senator Udall said. "William Martinez is well-respected in Colorado's legal community for his knowledge and experience, particularly in the areas of employment law and civil rights, and he will serve with distinction. I was honored to recommend him, and I urge a swift confirmation."

"William is a knowledgeable and tremendously hard-working person who will serve Colorado and the country well on the federal bench," Senator Bennet said. "A nominee for the federal bench should be judged solely on the basis of a candidate's record and qualifications, and on that account, William should be confirmed without delay."

William Martinez is a partner at McNamara, Roseman, Martinez & Kazmierski in Denver, where he practices employment and civil rights law. Before joining the firm he served as regional attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Denver. He also worked at the Denver law firm now called Pendleton, Freidberg, Wilson & Hennessey, representing corporate and individual clients in employment, securities, and commercial law cases. Martinez was born in Mexico, and immigrated to the United States with his parents as a child. He received undergraduate degrees in environmental engineering and political science from the University of Illinois, and he earned his law degree from the University of Chicago.