President Joe Biden nominated Georgette Castner and Evelyn Padin for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey during his ninth round of judicial nominations on Nov. 3.
In a statement on the nominations, Gov. Phil Murphy said, “President Biden’s decision to nominate Georgette Castner and Evelyn Padin to serve on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey will bring two experienced, capable, and ethical attorneys to the federal bench. Both Georgette and Evelyn have distinguished themselves as attorneys in private practice and they will be outstanding additions to the federal judiciary.”
“I applaud Sen. Menendez and Sen. Booker for supporting these strong and qualified female candidates and expeditiously acting to fill our federal judicial vacancies,” Murphy continued.
Meet the nominees
Castner is a member of the litigation group and the diversity committee at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP in Cherry Hill. She became partner in 2015 after eight years at the firm. Since joining, she’s represented individuals, nonprofits, businesses and government entities in litigation and investigations, as well as in pro bono matters. She served as a law clerk for Judge Joseph Lisa on the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, from 2006 to 2007.
Castner’s current firm is the former office of Fabiana Pierre-Louis, who became the youngest and first Black female associate justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court in August 2020.
Padin is the senior managing partner of the Law Offices of Evelyn Padin, which she founded in 1995. She practices in the areas of family law and civil litigation and is a former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Padin, who if confirmed would be the second Latina federal judge for the District of New Jersey, previously served as a trustee to the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and on the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice.
She previously was an associate at Linares & Coviello from 1992 to 1994, a firm led by Jose Linares, who went on to serve as the first Hispanic Chief of the United States District Court of New Jersey and the first Cuban-born District Court Chief in the United States. Linares is now a partner at McCarter & English.