HNBA Commends Appointment of The Honorable Esther Salas as United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey

Contact: Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
E-mail: ztapia@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2011


Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) commends the U.S. Senate for unanimously confirming The Honorable Esther Salas as United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey yesterday.  She is the first Latina to serve in this capacity.

Judge Salas began serving the District of New Jersey as Federal Magistrate Judge in 2006 and has since published several opinions.  Prior to her appointment as a magistrate, she was an Assistant Federal Public Defender for nine years. In that position she offered her support on the Hiring Committee and advocated for an increase in women and minority attorneys.  Before joining the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Newark, New Jersey, Judge Salas worked as an associate for Garces and Grabler, P.C. where she primarily litigated criminal matters and was responsible for appellate work.

“Judge Salas has led a distinguished professional career and has been recognized for her impressive ability to manage heavy and complex dockets before her,” said HNBA President, Diana Sen.  “Her long-standing reputation of being an excellent trial lawyer and fair judge is a testament to her ability to serve our judiciary with distinction and we are proud to see her advancement to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey,” she added.

The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, and law students of Hispanic descent in the United States and its territories.  For more information about the HNBA, please visit www.hnba.com.

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