Chief Justice Stuart Rabner

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 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 Barry T. Albin

Justice Barry T. Albin

Justice Albin was nominated by Governor James E. McGreevey on July 10, 2002 to serve on the Supreme Court. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 12, 2002 and was sworn in as an Associate Justice by Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz at a private ceremony on September 18, 2002. On October 3, 2002, he reaffirmed the oath of office in a public ceremony at the Trenton War Memorial. Justice Albin was confirmed by the Senate for a second term and tenure on June 22, 2009.

At the time of his nomination, Justice Albin was a partner in the Woodbridge law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer.

Justice Albin was born on July 7, 1952, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1973. After graduating from Cornell Law School in 1976, he began his career as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Section of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Justice Albin then served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Passaic and Middlesex counties from 1978 to 1982. He began his association with the Wilentz firm in 1982, and was named a partner in 1986.

Justice Albin is a past President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1999-2000) and served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee from 1987 to 1992. He was selected by his peers to be included in the publication "Best Lawyers in America" (2000-2001).

He and his wife, Inna, have two sons, Gerald and Daniel.

Justice Anne M. Patterson

Justice Anne M. Patterson

Justice Anne M. Patterson was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1959. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government in 1980, and received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1983. Justice Patterson then joined the Morristown, New Jersey law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti as an associate. In 1989, Justice Patterson left Riker Danzig 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 and became a partner in the firm in 1992. 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 was nominated as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court by Governor Chris Christie and was sworn in on September 1, 2011. She was nominated for tenure by Governor Phil Murphy and was sworn in on July 31, 2018.

Justice Lee. A. Solomon

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

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.