Julio M. Fuentes Papers

About this Collection

In 2000, Julio M. Fuentes was the first Puerto Rican/ Latino appointed to the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. He was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico in 1946. His family immigrated to the United States in 1950, and settled in Tom’s River, New Jersey, in 1955. Fuentes worked as lawyer in private practice from 1975 until 1981, and worked as a judge in the Newark Municipal Court from 1979 until 1987. He then served as a judge in the New Jersey Superior Court in Essex County from 1987 until being confirmed to the Third Circuit in 2000, after having been nominated for the position by President William Jefferson Clinton in 1999.

The Julio M. Fuentes Papers contain biographical and personal information, newspaper clippings about both his high school and college activities, as well as his judicial career. Information on organizations he belonged to and awards presented to him are also documented. Also present in this collection are photographs documenting major events in Julio Fuentes’s life.

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. For more information, please visit the collection's Archival Description. An interview of Julio M. Fuentes is also available in the Latino Oral History Collection.

A Tribute Honoring Judge Julio Fuentes Newark Municipal Court Judge
Event program brochure for A Tribute Honoring Judge Julio M. Fuentes (2 copies), and invitation and reservation card for the event
Appointment to the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Plaque honoring Julio M. Fuentes on his appointment to the United States Third Court of Appeals
Army Photo
Julio M. Fuentes army photo
Autobiography and Resume
Julio M. Fuentes Curriculum Vitae and short biography
Proclamation, Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Hudson honoring Julio M. Fuentes
Certificate of Achievement, Board of Education, Toms River Regional Schools recognizing Julio M. Fuentes
Proclamation, Office of the County Executive honoring Julio M. Fuentes
Business Cards
Business Card of Julio M. Fuentes from the law firm of Miller, Hochman, Meyerson, & Schaeffer
Certificate - Army Appointing him Commission Officer
Certificate naming Julio Manuel Fuentes a reserve Commissioned Officer in the Army of the United States
Certificate of Admittance into New Jersey Bar
Certificate authorizing Julio M. Fuentes to practice as an Attorney of Law
College Years
Julio M. Fuentes during his college years with fraternity brothers (Phi Kappa Tai), Southern Illinois
College Years
Julio M. Fuentes during his college years with fraternity brothers (Phi Kappa Tai), Southern Illinois
Commendation from the Newark Municipal Council
Certificate congratulating Julio M. Fuentes on his appointment to the Superior Court of New Jersey
Congressional Record
Congressional Record of Rep. Torricelli honoring Julio M. Fuentes before the Congress
Correspondence from Ramon de la Cruz, President, Hispanic Bar Association, to Hon. Julio M. Fuentes, on letters of recommendation requested by the Hispanic Bar Association regarding Hon. Fuentes nomination to the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeal
Correspondence from Judy Basa, Convention Coordinator, Profession Development & Instructional Issues, NJEA to Hon. Julio M. Fuentes thanking the judge for accepting the Award for Excellence at the Atlantic City NJEA Recognition Dinner, and providing the judge some information about the event
Correspondence from a defendant who appeared before Judge Julio Fuentes, Regina Hanwacker, expressing thanks and appreciation for Judge Fuentes' caring and judicious method of presiding over the court.
Invitation to the 14th Annual Induction Banquet honoring Clifford William Campbell, Julio M. Fuentes, Isadore M. Hirshblond, Dave Johnson, Neal Mayer, E. David Millard, and Sonya Naryskin, M.D. to the Toms River Regional Board of Education Hall of Fame on April 1, 2001 accompanied by an RSVP card.
Correspondence from Patrick Toscano, Jr., First Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County, congratulating Hon. Julio M. Fuentes on his nomination to the United States Third Court of Appeals
Greeting card with the seal of the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law addressed to Julio M. Fuentes from Cheri, welcoming Mr. Fuentes to Buffalo, New York