When U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña enters her courtroom in the Southern District of Texas, she sees paintings on the walls of judges who have sat in her place. Once hers is added, it will be the first portrait hanging there of a Hispanic woman judge, she said.

And it’s a reminder of the importance of diversity on the federal bench and mentorship, Saldaña said Friday during a Hispanic Heritage Month event hosted by the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division.