STATE HOUSE – Sen. Ana B. Quezada and Sen. Sandra Cano have
expressed deep satisfaction and gratitude at the diversity and high caliber of
the judicial nominations announced yesterday by Gov. Gina Raimondo.
has nominated, the diversity of the group, and the direction these nominations
will take our courts,” said Senator Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence). “So many
of us have been calling for decades for court benches that better reflect the
people of Rhode Island, and finally we have been heard. These nominees – each
of them tremendously qualified – will bring with them new perspectives and
diversity that our courts so greatly need.”
Superior Court Judge Melissa Long and former Sen. Erin Lynch Prata to the Rhode
Island Supreme Court. If both are confirmed by the General Assembly, Long would
be the first minority Supreme Court justice in Rhode Island, and the Supreme
Court bench would have a female majority for the first time.
Senator Quezada had advocated to both the governor and Senate leadership for
the appointment of Sloan on multiple occasions over the past year. If
confirmed, Sloan will become the first Asian-American to serve on the Rhode
Island Superior Court.
generation Colombian-American who would become the first Latina on the Family
Court bench. Senator Cano advocated for her appointment.
minorities finally being put forward in these nominations. Rhode Island is such
a diverse place, and our courts should reflect the people who come before them.
These nominations are moving Rhode Island forward, and are a step toward making
Rhode Islanders feel understood by those who make the decisions in our courts,”
said Senator Cano. We are very grateful to the governor, to the Senate
leadership, the House leadership, and to our colleagues in the General
Assembly, who we hope will be as excited as we are to support these nominees.”