N.J. to Get First Filipino Superior Court Judge
Attorney Carlia Magpantay Brady is on track to become the first Philippine-born Superior Court judge in the State of New Jersey, two local Filipino-American outlets reported.
According to an article by Edmund M. Silvestre in the Filipino Reporter, Brady was confirmed on February 21 before the 13-member judiciary committee of the State Senate in Trenton’s State House.
She will become the only Filipino-American judge to join the current roster of 360 New Jersey Superior Court judges once her confirmation is upheld by the full State Senate sometime this March.
“I am thrilled because this is a huge honor to serve the people of the State of New Jersey,” said Brady, 41, a registered Democrat, in an exclusive interview with the Reporter.
“It has always been my dream to serve my community and the State of New Jersey,” said the U.S.-educated lawyer, who was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie.
Brady, a resident of Woodbridge, N.J., is a litigation partner at the law firm Stark & Stark. She was born in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, and the family settled in New Jersey in 1976 when Brady was only six.
The Philippine Daily Mirror noted that Brady is only the latest of a series of Filipino-American judges being sworn in recently in the area.
First, it was Lorna Schofield on the federal level in New York, followed recently by Jersey City acting Chief Judge Carlo Abad on a municipal level. Now comes Carlia M. Brady, a 41-year-old Philippine-born lawyer from Middlesex County in New Jersey who may become the first Filipino American to sit as a judge in the Superior Court.