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Esther Salas

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Esther Salas
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   6/14/2011-Present
Preceded by:   Katharine Hayden
Past post:   District of New Jersey, Magistrate Judge
Past term:   11/3/2006-6/14/2011
Personal History
Born:   1968
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate:   Rutgers University '91
Law School:   Rutgers University Law '94

Esther Salas is a federal judge for the District of New Jersey. She was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama. Previously, Salas served as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from November 2006 to June 2011.[1][2]


Judge Salas earned her B.A. degree in 1991 from Rutgers University and her J.D. degree in 1994 from the Rutgers University School of Law at Newark.[3]

Professional career

Esther Salas began her career as a clerk for New Jersey Superior Court Judge Eugene Codey. Salas was an associate at Garces & Grabler PC from 1995 to 1997. From 1997 to 2006, Salas worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the District of New Jersey.[3][4]

Judicial career

District of New Jersey

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Esther Salas
 Court:District of New Jersey
 Progress:Confirmed 195 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified

On December 1, 2010, Salas was nominated by Barack Obama to fill the seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Judge Katharine Hayden.[5] President Obama had this to say about the nominations made on December 1, 2010, "These outstanding candidates have shown an unwavering commitment to justice throughout their careers. They all have long and distinguished records of service, and I am pleased to nominate them to continue serving the American people on the District Court bench."[4]

Salas' nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011.

Salas was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 2, 2011, and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here.[6]

Salas's nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a voice vote on June 14, 2011.[6]

District of New Jersey, Magistrate

From November 2006 until her elevation to an Article III post, Salas served as a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Katharine Hayden
District of New Jersey
Seat #2
Succeeded by:

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