Paula Xinis will be a new judge on the U.S. District Court, Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)

Paula Xinis, partner at noted Baltimore law firm Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, on May 16 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a judgeship on the U.S. District Court, Maryland. President Obama nominated Xinis in March.

Xinis is a civil rights attorney and a former federal public defender.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Xinis went to Yale Law School.

Retiring Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski (D) said in a statement, “I applaud today’s confirmation of Paula Xinis to serve on the District of Maryland bench, and was proud to recommend her for the job.” She went on to say, “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament, a commitment to core constitutional principles and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. Paula Xinis not only meets these standards, she exceeds them.”