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U.S. Magistrate Jude Karen M. Williams. (Photo: New Jersey Bar Association.)

Menendez urges Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm Karen Williams

U.S. magistrate judge up for post on U.S. District Court bench

By Nikita Biryukov, July 14 2021 3:11 pm

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to speedily confirm U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Williams to the U.S. District Court covering the District of New Jersey Wednesday.

“Since her appointment as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in 2009, Judge Williams has displayed an unyielding commitment to the fair administration of justice, to equal rights under the law, and to the safety of our communities,” Menendez said before the panel.

The committee did not advance nominations to the full Senate Wednesday, instead leaving the record open for members to submit questions until later in the afternoon.

Williams would be the first Black federal judge to sit on the bench at the federal court in Camden.

Before being appointed to as a U.S. magistrate judge in 2009, Williams practiced employment and labor law at an Atlantic City-based law firm.

“Judge Karen Williams may have been born in New York, but she represents the best of New Jersey,” Menendez said. “I have complete confidence in her judgment, her values, her intellect, and her capacity to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for the District of New Jersey. I urge this Committee to support her historic nomination.”

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