The United States Senate confirmed Evelyn Padin as a judge to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on May 25.
Padin, who was confirmed by a 51-43 vote, is the sixth nominee by President Joe Biden seated on New Jersey’s federal bench. She fills a spot that’s been vacant for seven years, since the 2015 retirement of Faith Hochberg.
Biden announced his intent to nominate Padin on Nov. 3; her nomination was sent to the Senate on Dec. 15.
“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,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Padin’s confirmation.
Padin has practiced in New Jersey for three decades, focusing mainly on family law out of her Jersey City office. She was the first Puerto Rican and first Latina president of the New Jersey Bar Association and has also served on the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the board of governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice.
New Jersey’s federal judicial bench got stronger and more diverse with today’s bipartisan confirmation of Evelyn Padin to the U.S. District Court. — Gov. Phil Murphy
“Judge Padin brings to our judiciary not only exemplary credentials in the law, but through her prior career as a social worker, an important focus on justice for the underrepresented. I congratulate Judge Padin on this historic confirmation,” Murphy continued in a prepared statement issued May 25. “I further congratulate President Biden and Sens. [Robert] Menendez and Booker for their support of Judge Padin’s successful nomination.”
Prior to Padin’s confirmation, the Senate confirmed Georgette Castner on March 31 and Christine O’Hearn on March 1. Last year, the Senate confirmed the appointments of Judges Zahid Quraishi, Julien Neals and Karen Williams to serve on the federal bench.