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Esther Salas
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Assumed office
June 14, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Katharine Sweeney Hayden
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
2006 – June 14, 2011
Personal details
Born December 29, 1968 (1968-12-29) (age 52)
Monterey Park, California
Education Rutgers University (BA, JD)

Esther Salas (born December 29, 1968) is an American District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey sitting in Newark, New Jersey. She was a United States Magistrate Judge of the same court from 2006 until her confirmation as a district judge in 2011.

Salas is the first Hispanic woman to be a United States Magistrate Judge and as a United States District Judge in the District of New Jersey.

On July 19, 2020, an anti-feminist lawyer, Roy Den Hollander, targeted Salas' family at their home. Salas's son Daniel, aged 20, opened the door when Den Hollander knocked and opened fire, killing Daniel at the scene. Her husband Mark was also shot multiple times and left in a critical but stable condition. Salas was in the basement at the time of the attack and was not injured.

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