The Honorable Esther Salas Nominated to the U.S District Court for the District of New Jersey; The Honorable Edward Davila and The Honorable Diana Saldaña Reported Out of Committee

The Hispanic National Bar Association Commends President Barack H. Obama and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Advancing Qualified Latino Judicial Nominees

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends President Obama for nominating the Honorable Esther Salas for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Before her appointment as a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Judge Salas served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, where she was a member of the Hiring Committee for the Office of the Federal Public Defender.  During her nine year tenure there, she practiced before most, if not all, of the District Judges in New Jersey and handled a variety of complex criminal matters. Additionally, Judge Salas has remained visible in both the New Jersey legal community and non-legal communities through her commitment to public service.

Diana S. Sen, HNBA President, noted that “Judge Salas’ commitment to public service is evident and there is no doubt she will serve with distinction as the next United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey. Her depth of experience and judicial temperament make her a superb nominee; we are pleased to see the President continue to demonstrate leadership in nominating highly qualified Latinos to the bench.”

Similarly, the HNBA applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for reporting out of committee by voice vote on December 1st The Honorable Edward Davila and The Honorable Diana Saldaña. Having been approved by the full committee, these two nominees now await full Senate confirmation.

President Sen noted that, “The HNBA has supported the candidacy and nominations of these three exceptional attorneys and individuals, and I am very pleased that the Senate is taking the necessary steps to advance them through the confirmation process. The HNBA is hopeful that they will be confirmed before the end of this Congressional session.”

A native of the Bay Area, Judge Davila began his legal career as a Deputy Public Defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Santa Clara County.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Davila had a career of twenty years as a trial lawyer. Since 2001, Judge Davila has served on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, where he oversees cases in the criminal, civil, family and juvenile justice divisions.

On March 27, 2006, Judge Saldaña was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas. She was recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for performing her duties with excellence and integrity, as she worked to enforce federal narcotics and immigration law in Laredo, TX. She also served in the prestigious Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the employment litigation section.