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Profiles of Supreme Court Justices I. Current Court 1.

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner (born June 30, 1960) -Sworn in June 29, 2007; Nominated by Corzine and confirmed by the Senate 36-1 -As U.S. Attorney, Christie attacked Corzine for not defending Rabner when he was under attack by black Democrats (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/16/nyregion/16justice.html?ref=stuartrabner) -Recused self from Abbott XX and XXI -helped draft the School Funding Reform Act while in the Corzine Administration -SFRA was at issue in both cases -Grew up in Passaic (Abbott District); resides in Caldwell -Undergrad at Princeton; Law degree from Harvard -Law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Dickinson Debevoise -Joined U.S. Attorneys Office in Newark in 1986 -head of criminal division and terrorism unit 2. Virginia Long (born March 1, 1942) -Sworn in September 1, 1999; Nominated by Whitman -was presiding judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court -appointed to the Superior Court by Byrne in 1978 -given tenure in 2006; mandatory retirement in 2012 -attended parochial schools in Elizabeth (Abbott District) -voted with majority in Lonegan I -joined the dissent in Lonegan II -sided with the majority in Lourdes -recused self from Abbott XX and Abbott XXI -sided with the majority of the Court in Abbott VI, VII (school construction order), and VIII (reaffirmed preschool funding order) -Undergrad at Dunbarton College of Holy Cross (1963); Law degree from Rutgers

-married to Jonathon Weiner, a partner at Fox Rothschild of Philadelphia and Lawrenceville -on his business website profile, he touted that he was married to a tenured NJ Supreme Court judge -his law firm is very political 3. Jaynee LaVecchia (born October 9, 1954 in Paterson) -Sworn in February 1, 2000; Nominated by Whitman -was Commissioner of Dept. of Banking and Insurance (1998-time of appointment) -given tenure in 2007; can remain on the Court until 2024 -voted with the majority in Lonegan I and II -sided with the majority in Lourdes -wrote the majority opinion for Abbott XX and Abbott XXI -concurred in part and dissented in part with the Abbott VIII majority opinion -She unsuccessfully tried to reverse Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shields decision denying a $22,080 reimbursement for a procedure to relieve her husbands back pain. The insurance company said it would not cover the procedure before he got it because it was an investigational treatment. He got the procedure performed anyway and filed a claim, which was denied. LaVecchia appealed for her husband, but an Administrative Law Judge sided with Horizon - http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/nj_supreme_court_justice_appea.html -served in Office of Counsel to Governor Kean -Undergrad at Douglass College (1976); Law degree from Rutgers -lives in Morris Township -married to Michael Cole, partner at the very political DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole and Wisler law firm 4. Barry Albin (born July 7, 1952 in Brooklyn) -sworn in September 18, 2002; Nominated by McGreevey; re-nominated by Corzine -In the words of Corzine, In his seven years on the court, Justice Albin has demonstrated the fairness, the judgment, the compassion and the commitment to the rule of law that we must demand of our Supreme Court justices, and has proven to be a thoughtful and progressive member of our state's highest court." -given tenure in 2009 by a 27-11 vote; Tom Kean, Jr. voted yes

-can remain on the Court until 2022 -voted with the majority in the 4-3 Lonegan II decision -wrote the majority opinion in Lourdes -was part of the 3-2 majority in Abbott XXI -thought the ruling did not go far enough; he would have required full funding of SFRA, meaning that all 205 districts, not just the 31 Abbotts, that were below their adequacy budget would receive remedial, court-mandated funding in the FY 2012 budget -lives in Warren township -Undergrad at Rutgers (1973); Law degree at Cornell -partner at Wilentz, Goldman, and Spitzer law firm (1980s) -President of New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1999-2000) 5. Roberto Rivera-Soto (born November 10, 1953 in New York City) -Sworn in on September 1, 2004; Nominated by McGreevey -partner at the politically involved Fox Rothschild law firm at the time of his nomination -registered Republican; first Hispanic judge on the NJ Supreme Court -wrote the dissenting opinion in Lourdes -wrote a dissenting opinion in Abbott XXI -told Christie he does not want to be renominated; term expires this September -Christie has said that he will not nominate someone until the Senate holds hearings for Anne Patterson, who Christie chose to replace John Wallace -after the Wallace re-nomination standoff between Christie and Sweeney which resulted in the appointment of Edwin Stern by Rabner, he refused to participate in cases unless a quorum was needed because he felt Rabners appointment was unconstitutional. -was censured by the Advisroy Committee on Judicial Conduct for using his position as a Supreme Court Justice to influence a private matter involving his son and another high school student. His son alleged a senior football player was bullying him. Rivera-Soto filed a criminal complaint and contacted the vice principal of the school, the town police chief, and the county prosecutor. He identified himself as a justice and gave them men his business card. His conduct "created a risk that the prestige and power of his judicial office might influence and advance a private matter." -http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/nyregion/13ethics.html -grew up in Puerto Rico

-Law degree from Cornell -lives in Haddonfield 6. Helen Hoens (born July 31, 1954 in Elizabeth) -Sworn in October 26, 2006; Nominated by Corzine -appointed to the Superior Court in 1994 by Whitman -reappointed by Acting Governor DiFrancesco in 2001. -elevated to the Appellate Division in August 2002 by Chief Justice Poritz -sided with the majority in Lourdes -wrote a dissenting opinion in Abbott XXI -attended schools in South Orange-Maplewood -undergrad at William and Mary; Law Degree from Georgetown -private practices: -Dewey, Ballantine -Law Office of Russel H. Beatie, Jr. in New York -Lum, Hoens, Conant Danzis & Kleinberg in New Jersey -husband, Robert Schwaneberg, writes for The Star Ledger -covered Corzines recovery from an automobile collision after Hoens was nominated to the Supreme Court by Corzine in the previous year 7. Edwin Stern -temporarily appointed by Rabner -was head of the Superior Court Appellate Division; named presiding judge in 1998 -mandatory retirement in 2011 -appointed to the Superior Court by Byrne in 1981; reappointed by Kean -voted with the majority in Abbott XXI -raised in South Orange; currently lives in Monroe -Undergrad at Rutgers (1963); Law Degree from Columbia (1966)