The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Congratulates the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S.M.J. for Her Recognition in Hispanic Business Magazine as a Top 100 Influential

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2009

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey congratulates the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S.M.J. for being recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine among the Top 100 Influentials.

Judge Salas made history in November of 2006 when she was sworn in as the first Hispanic to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey. Not only is Judge Salas an extremely qualified and respected jurist, but she also brings a wealth of experience as a former public defender and litigator. She began her professional career at the law firm of Garces & Grabler where she handled criminal defense, appellate, matrimonial, immigration and workers’ compensation matters. A few years later, Judge Salas became an Assistant Federal Public Defender where she represented indigent clients for nine years. Most notably, in her capacity as public defender, she argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in United States v. Cruz. She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to excellence and integrity.

Judge Salas’s commitment to the legal community is also unparalleled. For the past decade, she has graced the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey with her active involvement and leadership. Since serving as President during the 2001-2002 term, she has continued to lend her steadfast support to the organization by being a frequent speaker and panelist. Judge Salas has also served on the Governor’s Hispanic Advisory Council for Policy Development, the Supreme Court Committees on Minority Concerns and Women in the Court, and she is a former president of the Hispanic Bar Foundation of New Jersey.

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey applauds the Hispanic Business Magazine for recognizing Judge Salas in the October issue. This distinction is well-deserved.

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey is a 501 (c)(6) statewide organization, which represents the interests of attorneys, judges, law professors and law students who share a common interest in resolving the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community. The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, by advancing the standing of the legal profession, by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers. The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey cooperates with other Hispanic bar organizations, with other legal organizations and with other Hispanic community, business, civic, charitable and cultural organizations in furtherance of the aforementioned purposes.

For more information about the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.njhba.org. For press inquiries, please contact Julia A. López, Esq., Press Secretary of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey at jlopez@wilentz.com or (732) 855-6061.

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