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Pitt Law Alumna, Amarilis A. Diaz, Sworn in as Chief Municipal Judge in West New York

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August 30, 2011

Amarilis A. Diaz, a Pitt Law graduate, was sworn in last week to fill the newly created position of chief municipal judge in West New York.  Diaz, who was one of the town’s municipal court judges, joined the West New York court system as a public defender in 1992. After a three-year stint as a municipal court judge in Union City, she returned to West New York as a judge in 2003.


“I’m ecstatic. It’s an honor and a dream come true,” a visibly emotional Diaz said shortly before the ceremony. “I would like to be a role model to other young Hispanic women coming up,” she said.  


“It is indeed an honor and a privilege having (Diaz) here and leaving open a way for more people like herself to attain that level of success,” Mayor Felix Roque said at the ceremony, which included Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Congressman Albio Sires.


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