Seton Hall Law Alumna, Evelyn Padin ’92, to become NJ’s next Federal Judge
Friday, May 27, 2022
On May 25th, the United States Senate confirmed Seton Hall Law alumna, Evelyn Padin, ’92, to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ms. Padin, who founded her own law practice, was recently the president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She was the first Latina to serve in the role. She is currently the co-chair of the Diverse Attorneys of Seton Hall (DASH) Advisory Committee.
Ms. Padin’s reputation as a public servant is well-known. She presided over nearly 3,000 cases as a Municipal Court Judge in Jersey City. In addition, she is a trustee to both the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice. In 2019, after she administered the Attorney’s Oath to the incoming Seton Hall Law 1L class, Ms. Padin shared the source of her motivation to help others: “Your purpose as future lawyers of America is to provide access to justice. As future lawyers, you know quality, you know liberty, and you know justice.”
Celebrating the milestone, New Jersey’s two senators praised Ms. Padin’s qualifications and character. “I’m proud to have recommended Ms. Evelyn Padin for this nomination and voted today in support of her confirmation,” said Sen. Robert Menendez. “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.” Echoing that sentiment, Sen. Cory Booker remarked, “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.”
"Evelyn Padin’s confirmation will serve as a source of inspiration for countless Seton Hall Law students and alumni"
Dean Kathleen Boozang
Never one to forget the support she has received on her pathway to success, Ms. Padin has been an invaluable contributor to the Law School over the years. As a student, she was a scholar in the Seton Hall Law School Legal Education Opportunity (LEO) Program, which creates opportunities for students seeking a legal education who have faced social, economic, or academic obstacles. As a graduate, she became a member of the LEO Alumni Committee focused on program review, mentoring current LEO Fellows, and improving internship and employment opportunities.
Dean Kathleen Boozang, delighted by the news, added, “Evelyn Padin’s confirmation will serve as a source of inspiration for countless Seton Hall Law students and alumni. Even though we had no doubt that she would become a federal judge, this moment is no less thrilling. We have long been in awe of her energy, loyalty, care, and talent. And the Senate’s confirmation shows that Capitol Hill saw those virtues as well.”