El Paso Judge Maria Salas-Mendoza has been sworn in as president and chair of the board of directors of Texas Latinx Judges, or TLJ, the organization announced in a press release. The nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association focuses on “the advancement of current and future Latinx judges” through networking opportunities, recognition of contributions to the judiciary, encouraging judicial service in the community, according to a press release.

Salas-Mendoza succeeds TLJ Past President Judge Victor Villarreal, of Laredo.