Justice Helen E. Hoens

Justice Helen E.Hoens

Justice Hoens was nominated to the Supreme Court by Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Sept. 21, 2006. She received Senate confirmation Oct. 23, and took her seat on the court Oct. 26, 2006. She served on the Court until Oct. 26, 2013.

Justice Hoens was born July 31, 1954 in Elizabeth. In 1976, she graduated with high honors from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and, in 1979, cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. She was admitted to the bars in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. in 1979, and New York in 1981.

Justice Hoens began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge John J. Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She entered private practice in New York at Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer and Wool and the law offices of Russel H. Beatie, Jr. In 1985, she became an associate with the Florham Park law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp and Szuch. She later became a partner at Lum, Hoens, Conant, Danzis and Kleinberg, Roseland.

In 1994, she became a Superior Court judge assigned to the Civil Division of Vicinage 13, covering Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren counties. She was presiding judge for the civil part when, in 2002, she moved to the Appellate Division.

During her tenure as a judge, Justice Hoens served on the Judiciary Advisory Committee on Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance, the Supreme Court Special Committee on Surrogates' Trust Funds, and the Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution. Justice Hoens is a member of the American Bar Association, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the bar associations of New Jersey, Somerset County, and the District of Columbia. She is an honorary member of the Essex County Bar Association and a former chair of the Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is also master and member of the executive board of the Justice Marie E. Garibaldi Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution and a past director of the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Justice Hoens has served as a parent member of the Eden Institute's board of directors, a member of the State Parents Advisory Commission on the Handicapped (SPACH), a trustee of the Center for Outreach and Services to the Autism Community (COSAC), and served as pro bono general counsel to the Autism Society of America from 1989 to 1994.

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Justice James H. Coleman Jr.

Justice James H. Coleman JR

Justice Coleman was the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court. He was nominated by Gov. Christine Todd Whitman on Oct. 3, 1994, and sworn by Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz on Dec. 16, 1994. At the time of his nomination, Justice Coleman was serving as a presiding judge of the Appellate Division of Superior Court.

Justice Coleman began his judicial career in May 1973, when he was appointed a judge of the Union County Court. He served in that capacity until December 1978, when he became a Superior Court judge. In March 1981, he was elevated by Chief Justice Wilentz to the Appellate Division. He was named a presiding judge of the Appellate Division in May 1987.

Justice Coleman was born in Lawrenceville, Va, on May 4, 1933. He graduated in 1952 from James S. Russell High School in Lawrenceville, Va He is a 1956 cum laude graduate of Virginia State University. He received his law degree in 1959 from Howard University School of Law, Washington, D. C., and was admitted to the bar in New Jersey the following year. In 1963, he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was discharged in February 1962. Justice Coleman was engaged in the private practice of law from July 1960 until February 1970, with offices in Elizabeth and Roselle. He joined the former New Jersey Department of Labor and Industry in July 1960 as an assistant to the commissioner. During his service with the department, he was an assistant to the director of the Division of Workers' Compensation; consultant to the New Jersey Rehabilitation Commission; counsel for and manager of the New Jersey Subsequent Injury Fund; and referee of formal hearings in the Division of Workers' Compensation.

In July 1964, he was appointed a judge of the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Court and served there until his appointment to the Union County Court. Justice Coleman served on the Supreme Court until he retired on May 3, 2003. He and his wife, Sophia, are the parents of two children.

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Justice Alan B. Handler

Justice Alan B. Handler

Justice Handler was born in Newark on July 20, 1931. He attended Newark Academy and Princeton University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was graduated magna cum laude in 1953. He earned an additional degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and studied law at Harvard Law School, where he received his degree in 1956, the year in which he was admitted to the bar.

Justice Handler served as deputy attorney general from 1961 to 1964 and as first assistant attorney general from 1964 to 1968. In November 1967, Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes, then governor, appointed Justice Handler to the Superior Court. The appointment was confirmed by the Senate Dec. 21, 1967. Justice Handler advanced to the Appellate Division of Superior Court in March 1973, and was serving on that bench when he resigned, in 1976, to accept appointment as special counsel to Gov. Brendan T. Byrne. Governor Byrne announced his appointment of Justice Handler to the Supreme Court on Feb. 11, 1977. The Senate confirmed the appointment March 21, 1977 and Justice Handler took his oath two days later. Justice Handler retired from the Court on Aug. 31, 1999. He is a past president of the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey and served as an associate editor of the New Jersey Law Journal. Justice Handler and his wife, Rose Marie, have five children.

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Justice Virginia A. Long

Justice Virginia A. Long

Justice Long was born March l, 1942 in Elizabeth. She attended parochial schools in the city, graduating from Benedictine Academy in 1959. She was a dean's list student at Dunbarton College of Holy Cross, Washington, D.C., and graduated in 1963. She attended Rutgers Law School, where she was captain of the Appellate Moot Court team and winner of the competition prizes for best oralist and best brief. She received her law degree in 1966 and was admitted to the bar. .

Justice Long began her legal career as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. She was a Deputy Assistant General in 1973 when she became a litigation associate with the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp and Szuch. She returned to government service in 1975 as Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, and then served as Commissioner of the Department of Banking from 1977 to 1978.

Justice Long was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Brendan Byrne in 1978. She presided over civil, criminal and family law cases. From 1983 to 1984, she was the general equity judge for the Mercer/ Somerset/Hunterdon Vicinage. In 1984, then-Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz elevated her to the Appellate Division, where she served for 15 years and penned over 2,000 opinions. In 1995, she became a presiding judge. Justice Long chaired and served as a member of numerous Supreme Court committees, including the Extrajudicial Activities and Judicial Performance Committees.

Governor Christine Todd Whitman announced Justice Long's appointment to the Supreme Court on June 8, 1999. The Senate confirmed the nomination nine days later, and she took her oath on Sept. 1, 1999. She served on the Court until she retired on Feb. 29, 2012. She is married to Jonathan D. Weiner and is the mother of three children.

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Justice Stewart G. Pollock

Justice Stewart G. Pollock

Justice Pollock was a commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities and a member of the governor's cabinet from 1974 until 1976, when he was appointed a member of the State Commission of Investigation. He served as counsel to Governor Brendan T. Byrne from February 1978 to June 1979. A trustee of the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1976, he was an associate editor of the New Jersey Law Journal from 1971 until his appointment to the Supreme Court. Governor Byrne announced Justice Pollock's appointment to the Supreme Court on March 16, 1979. The Senate confirmed the nomination on April 23, and Mr. Pollock took his oath on June 28, 1979. Justice Pollock retired from the Court on Aug. 31, 1999 .

Justice Pollock has been president of the Morris County Bar Association and a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association. He has also served as counsel for the Morris County Unit of the New Jersey Association for Retarded Children and was a member of the Morris County Republican Committee. He had four children with his late wife.

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Justice Roberto A. Rivera-Soto

Justice Roberto A. Rivera-Soto

Justice Rivera-Soto was nominated by Governor James E. McGreevey on April 20, 2004 to serve on the Supreme Court. He was confirmed by the Senate June 20, 2004 and was sworn as an associate justice by Justice Virginia Long in a private ceremony on Sept. 1, 2004. He re-affirmed his oath of office on Sept. 14, 2004, at the Trenton War Memorial. Justice Rivera-Soto served on the Court until Aug. 31, 2011. At the time of his nomination, Justice Rivera-Soto was a partner at Fox Rothschild, a law firm with offices in Princeton and Philadelphia. He previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Caesars World, and vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Great Bay Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. .

From 1980 to 1983, he was a litigation associate at Fox Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel. From 1978 to 1980, he served as an assistant United States attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. During 1977, he interned in the office of the District Attorney of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Justice Rivera-Soto was born in New York City on Nov. 10, 1953, and grew up in Puerto Rico. He graduated from Colegio Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, in 1970. He is a 1974 honors graduate of Haverford College, where he was the Jose Padin Scholar of his graduating class. He received his juris doctorate in 1977 from Cornell University School of Law, where he was a Charles K Burdick Scholar and a member of the Moot Coutt Board.

Justice Rivera-Soto is a certified mediator in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He also was a member and chair of the District VII Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, a former member of the Please Touch Museum and New Jersey Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities and Women's Enterprises boards of directors. He is a former alternate member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Nevada, and a former instructor of trial advocacy at Rutgers School of Law in Camden

Justice Rivera-Soto is married to the former Mary Catherine Mullaney. They have three sons.

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Justice Gary S. Stein

Justice Gary S. Stein

Justice Stein was serving as director of the Office of Policy and Planning when Gov. Thomas H. Kean announced his intention to appoint him to the Supreme Court on Nov. 7, 1984. The Senate confirmed the nomination Nov. 19, and Justice Stein was sworn by Chief Justice Wilentz on Jan, 11, 1985. He served on the Court until he retired on Aug. 31, 2002.

Justice Stein was born June 13, 1933 in Newark. He is a 1954 graduate of Duke University and was graduated with distinction at Duke Law School in 1956. He was associate editor of the Duke Law Review. He specialized in corporate and anti-trust law as a member of the New York firm of Kramer, Marx, Greenlee, and Backus for a 10-year period until 1966, when he established his own practice. He was a partner in the Paramus law firm of Stein and Kurland from 1972 to 1982. Justice Stein was counsel to the Election Law Revision Commission in 1970 and 1971. He was Paramus borough attorney from 1967 to 1970 and was counsel to the Teaneck Board of Adjustment from 1973 to 1982. Active in a number of professional organizations, Justice Stein was 1981 chairman of the District Ethics Committee for Bergen County. He was chairman of the State Bar Association Committee on State Legislation from 1973 to 1976. He and his wife, Et, are the parents of four daughters and a son.

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Justice Walter F. Timpone

Justice Walter F. Timpone

Justice Walter F. Timpone was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie and sworn in as an associate justice on May 2, 2016. He retired from the Court on Aug. 31, 2020.

Born on Nov. 10, 1950, Justice Timpone received a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College in New York in 1972 and a master's degree in special education from New York University in 1974. He worked as a special education teacher before earning his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1979. He is the former law clerk to the late U.S. District Court Judge Vincent P. Biunno.

Justice Timpone worked in private practice before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1984, where he served as chief of special prosecutions. Justice Timpone returned to private practiced in 1995 as a partner at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter, LLP. While at McElroy, he served as the first federal election monitor in Passaic County, where he was charged with ensuring the voting rights of the county's Hispanic citizens and the county's compliance with federal and state consent orders. He also served as a commissioner on the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission from 2010 to 2016.

Justice Timpone retired on Aug. 31, 2020.

Justice Peter G. Verniero

Justice Peter G. Verniero

Justice Verniero was born in Montclair on April 30, 1959. He attended public schools and in 1981 graduated summa cum laude from Drew University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1984 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar .

The justice served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert L. Clifford during the 1984-85 court term. In private practice, Justice Verniero was an associate with the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch from 1985 to 1987 and was a director of the firm of Herold & Haines from 1990 to 1993. In 1986, he was an adjunct professor of law at the County College of Morris.

Appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman as her chief counsel, Justice Verniero served in that capacity from January 1994 to February 1995, when he became the Governor's chief of staff. He remained in that position until July 10, 1996, when he was sworn as Attorney General. While Attorney General, he personally handled several landmark cases, appearing, for example, in defense of Megan's Law before the United States Court of Appeals, which upheld the law in 1997. Governor Whitman nominated Justice Verniero to the Supreme Court on Feb. 26, 1999. The Senate confirmed the nomination on May 10, 1999 and Justice Verniero took the oath of office on Sept. 1, 1999, serving until Aug. 31, 2004. He is married to the former Lisa Gaede. They have two daughters.

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Justice John E. Wallace Jr.

Justice John E. Wallace JR

Justice Wallace was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court by Governor James E. McGreevey on April 12, 2003. He was confirmed by the Senate May 19, 2003, and was sworn as an associate justice by Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz at a private ceremony the following day. On June 4, 2003, he reaffirmed the oath of office in a public ceremony at Rowan University in Glassboro. He served on the Court until May 19, 2010.

At the time of his nomination, Justice Wallace was a Superior Court judge, sitting in the Appellate Division. Appointed to the Superior Court in 1984, he was promoted to the Appellate Division in 1992. As a trial judge, he heard criminal, civil and family matters.

Justice Wallace is a former partner in the law firm of Atkinson, Myers, Archie and Wallace. He was also an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhodes, and an attorney for the trustees of the Penn Central Transportation Company. He is also a former municipal judge for Washington Township in Gloucester County.

Justice Wallace was born in March 13, 1942, in Pitman. He received a B.A. from the University of Delaware in 1964 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1967. He served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970, attaining the rank of captain. Justice Wallace is a member of the Gloucester and Camden County Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Garden State Bar Association.

He has also served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Task Force for Minority Concerns, the New Jersey Ethics Commission, the Judiciary Advisory Committee on Americans with Disabilities Act, the Supreme Court Special Committee on Matrimonial Litigation, and the Appellate Division Rules Committee, and was chairman of the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions.

Justice Wallace and his wife, Barbara, have five children. Justice Wallace has coached Little League Baseball since 1970, and since the early 1990s has volunteered on the football coaching staff at Washington Township High School.

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