US Ambassador to Belize Carlos R. Moreno has arrived in the country to take office for three years. He arrived on Saturday June 20th and today he presented his credentials at the Belize House, where the Governor General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young, received the letters. The new US Ambassador to Belize was born in Los Angeles on November 4th, 1948, and is married to Christine Moreno and has two children Keiko and Nicholas.
He served as an Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court from 2001 to 2011. From 1998 to 2001, Ambassador Moreno served as a United States District Judge in the Central District of California, nominated to the bench by President Clinton.
He also served Superior Court Judge for Los Angeles County from 1993 to 1998 and as a Municipal Court Judge for the Compton Judicial District from 1986 to 1993. He was at the law firm Kelley, Drye & Warren in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1986. He began his legal career serving as a Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles from 1975 to 1979 where he focused on prosecuting criminal and civil consumer protection cases and handling politically sensitive and legislative matters as special counsel to the city attorney.
Ambassador Moreno has served as President of the Mexican American Bar Association. He has also been a member of the California Judges Association, the Presiding Judges Association, and the Municipal Court Judges Association of Los Angeles County. He has J.D. from Stanford Law School (1975) and B.A. in political science from Yale (1970).
In his presentation, Ambassador Moreno expressed his desire to work with the Government of Belize on quote, “matters of mutual interest, issues relating to youth, culture, education, health and commerce”, end of quote. The Governor General welcomed the Ambassador and thanked him for his kind words of friendship and cooperation. Also in attendance for the presentation was the U.S. Charge d’Affaires Margaret Hawthorne.
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