Carreño Coll Confirmed as U.S. District Judge for District of Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, Jenniffer González-Colón, announced Tuesday the U.S. Senate confirmation of Magistrate Judge Silvia Carreño Coll as U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico. The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary had previously approved the nomination on Nov. 7.
According to Roll Call, a Washington, D.C. media outlet, González-Colón had reached out to Carreño in August 2018 to gauge her interest in the position before sending her recommendation to the White House.
Judge Carreño was the last vacancy on the island’s seven-seat federal district court, Bloomberg pointed out, adding that the rare bipartisan confirmation adds to President Trump’s “efforts to reshape the federal judiciary. He has appointed 138 judges to federal district courts, and 51 to appellate courts as well as two justices to the Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch,” the publication wrote.
“I recommended Judge Silvia Carreño Coll and today we obtained her confirmation as U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico. I am confident that her professionalism, integrity and trajectory in public service on the Island will guide her in this new position,” the congresswoman said in a release.
Alongside Judge Carreño, Judge Robert Anthony Molloy was also confirmed unanimously for the U.S. Virgin Islands district court.
Judge Carreño held several positions before being appointed magistrate including associate regional counsel for the EPA’s Caribbean Program; assistant for the U.S. Attorney for the District Court of Puerto Rico; special assistant for the U.S. Attorney for the District Court of Puerto Rico under the Civil and Criminal division; and trial attorney for the Puerto Rico Department of Justice in the Federal Litigation Division.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
Judge Carreño has been recognized for her work on several occasions. She received the New York Federal Executive Board Award for outstanding service for the prosecution of asbestos contamination in the Puerto Rico Department of Education schools, and was conferred several awards by the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.