The inclusion of Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia on the shortlist to lead the FBI was met with surprise and delight by New York Latino legal leaders, who said his potential to be the nation’s first Hispanic FBI director would be just one part of his impressive record as a jurist.

“You add that aspect [of ethnicity] into the mix after you add all the other qualities,” said Carmen Pacheco, president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and founding partner at Pacheco & Lugo. “He brings a lot of diversity of mind, because he’s served the different branches of the profession.”

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