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Chief Justice Stuart Rabner
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner is the eighth chief justice to lead the New Jersey Supreme Court since the 1947 state constitution.
Chief Justice Rabner was nominated to the Supreme Court by Governor Jon S. Corzine and was sworn in on June 29, 2007. He was nominated for tenure by Governor Chris Christie and was sworn in on June 20, 2014.
Born on June 30, 1960, Chief Justice Rabner was raised in Passaic. He graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1982. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985. He was a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark in 1986.
After beginning his career as an assistant U.S. attorney, Chief Justice Rabner worked in a number of positions including first assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the terrorism unit. He was chief of the office's criminal division when he was named chief counsel to Governor Corzine in January 2006. He was named New Jersey attorney general in September 2006 and served in that position until his nomination to the Court.
Chief Justice Rabner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University School of Law, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices from 2010 to 2012.
Chief Justice Rabner and his wife, the former Deborah Wiener, have three children.
Justice Anne M. Patterson
Justice Anne M. Patterson was nominated as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court by Gov, Chris Christie and was sworn in on Sept. 1, 2011. She was nominated for tenure by Gov. Phil Murphy and was sworn in on July 31, 2018.
Justice Patterson was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1959. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in government in 1980 and received her law degree from Cornell Law School in 1983.
At the time of her appointment, Justice Patterson was a partner at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti. Her practice focused on product liability, intellectual property and commercial litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Justice Patterson served as chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association product liability and toxic tort section, as an officer and trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, and as a trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. From 1991 to 2006, Justice Patterson served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character.
Justice Patterson began her legal career as an associate at Riker Danzig. She left the firm in 1989 to serve as a deputy attorney general and special assistant to New Jersey Attorney General Peter N. Perretti, Jr., handling civil litigation and criminal appeals on behalf of the state. She rejoined Riker Danzig in 1992.
Justice Lee A. Solomon
Following his nomination by Gov. Chris Christie and confirmation by the Senate, Justice Solomon was sworn in as an associate justice on June 19, 2014.
Justice Solomon was born on Aug. 17, 1954, in Philadelphia and attended public schools there. He received his bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College in 1975 and his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1978.
He served on the Haddon Heights Borough Council, Camden County Board of Freeholders and five years in the New Jersey General Assembly.
Justice Solomon was first appointed to the bench in January 2006 by Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey. He served in the Camden Vicinage for two years in the family division, and then for two years in the criminal division.
In February 2010, Gov. Christie named Justice Solomon to his cabinet, as president of the Board of Public Utilities.
Justice Solomon left the bench to lead the BPU until December 2011, when he was nominated by Gov. Christie to return to the bench in Camden. He rejoined the court in the civil division.
In April 2013, Justice Solomon was named presiding judge of the criminal division, and in November 2013, he was named assignment judge, both by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.
Immediately prior to his appointment to the Judiciary, Justice Solomon served as deputy U.S. Attorney for the southern vicinages, District of New Jersey, a position to which he was appointed in 2002 by then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie. He also served as Camden County prosecutor for five years and acting prosecutor for one year.
Justice Solomon is married and has three children.
Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis
Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis was nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy on June 5, 2020 and was sworn in as an associate justice on Sept. 1, 2020. She is the first Black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Born on Sept. 9, 1980 in New York City, Justice Pierre-Louis spent her early childhood in Brooklyn and moved to Irvington, NJ when she was eight years old. She received a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick and a law degree from Rutgers Law School.
At the time of her appointment, Justice Pierre-Louis was a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads where she worked in the white collar and government investigations practice group. She focused her practice on complex commercial litigation, white collar crime, and government investigations.
Prior to that, Justice Pierre-Louis was an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she served as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Trenton and Camden branches and was the first woman of color to hold both positions. Justice Pierre-Louis also worked in the Newark office in the general crimes and organized crime and gang units.
Justice Pierre-Louis began her legal career as a law clerk to New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice John E. Wallace Jr., whose seat she now occupies.
Justice Pierre-Louis and her husband have two sons.
Justice Rachel Wainer Apter
Justice Rachel Wainer Apter was nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy and was sworn in as an associate justice on Oct. 21, 2022.
Born on July 22, 1980, Justice Wainer Apter grew up in Rockaway. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. After law school, she served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann, and U.S Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
At the time of her appointment, Justice Wainer Apter was serving as director of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. She previously served as counsel to the New Jersey Attorney General and assistant attorney general.
Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Justice Wainer Apter worked as a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Justice Wainer Apter and her husband have three children.
Justice Douglas M. Fasciale
Justice Douglas M. Fasciale was nominated by Gov Phil Murphy and was sworn in as an associate justice on Oct. 21, 2022.
Justice Fasciale was born on Nov. 5, 1960, and was raised in East Brunswick.
Justice Fasciale received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University in 1982. In 1986, he received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He immediately served his judicial clerkship with Judge John E. Keefe, who served in the Superior Court and in the Appellate Division, and then practiced law as a trial attorney for approximately 17 years. In 2000, he became a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, a designation that was held by fewer than 3 percent of New Jersey attorneys.
In 2004, Gov. James McGreevey appointed Justice Fasciale to the Superior Court for a 7-year term. In 2011, Gov. Chris Christie re-appointed him to the Superior Court, where he served as a tenured judge. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner temporarily assigned Justice Fasciale to the Supreme Court effective September 2022.
At the trial level, Justice Fasciale served in the civil, criminal, and family parts of the Superior Court. Before elevation to the appellate court, Chief Justice Rabner designated him presiding judge of the civil and criminal parts. He also served as a recovery court judge.
In May 2010, Chief Justice Rabner elevated Justice Fasciale to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court, where he served as a presiding judge before becoming a member of the Supreme Court.
Justice Fasciale is an elected member of the American Law Institute. In 2023, Justice Fasciale obtained a Masters of Judicial Studies LL.M. degree from Duke University School of Law. As part of the three-year master’s program, he authored. A Case Study Analyzing How Trial Judge Experience Shapes Intermediate Appellate Review of Discretionary Determinations, 53 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1043 (2023).
Justice Michael Noriega
Justice Michael Noriega was nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy and was sworn in an associate justice on July 6, 2023.
Born on March 27, 1978, Justice Noriega grew up in Union City. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in American studies in 1999 and received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2002.
At the time of his appointment, Justice Noriega was a partner at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold, and Mangan, where he specialized in immigration and criminal law. He also was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall School of Law and served as chair of the immigration law section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Before joining Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold, and Mangan, Justice Noriega operated his own law firm, Noriega & Associates, where he practiced immigration and criminal law. He began his legal career as an assistant public defender in Essex County.
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