Feature Photo of Evelyn Padin courtesy of Law Office of Evelyn Padin
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate confirmed Wednesday (May 25) week the nomination of New Jersey’s Evelyn Padin, a trailblazing Latina attorney in the state, to become a U.S. District Judge.
Padin was the first puertoriqueña and the first Latina to serve as the immediate past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
She has also paved the way for future generations of Latina lawyers, not only as an attorney and the founder of her own practice, but also as a trustee to the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice.
“I’m proud to have recommended Ms. Evelyn Padin for this nomination and voted today in support of her confirmation,” Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said in a statement. “Beyond her impeccable credentials and her lived experience as a barrier-breaking Latina in New Jersey and the legal profession, Ms. Padin has a relentless commitment to equal justice under the law that will shine when she assumes her place on the federal bench.”
Padin had served as a municipal court judge for the Jersey City Municipal Court, where she presided over close to 3,000 cases. Born and raised in New Jersey, she earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Social Work from Fordham University, and her law degree from Seton Hall University.
“I am proud to have voted to confirm Ms. Evelyn Padin to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey,” Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J. “Ms. Padin’s confirmation moves us one step closer to creating a judicial system that reflects the diversity of America, and I look forward to seeing her apply her impressive experience and extensive legal expertise in continued service to the people of New Jersey.”
Padin had previously served as co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Diversity Committee and currently serves on the National Council of State Bar Presidents Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
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