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New Jersey Supreme Court Justice-designate Fabiana Pierre-Louis. Photo courtesy of YouTube.

Diverse bar associations back Pierre-Louis

By Nikita Biryukov, June 05 2020 4:53 pm

A host of diverse bar associations backed Fabiana Pierre-Louis’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“A child of immigrants from Haiti who established roots in the State of New Jersey (as are many of the members of the signatory organizations), a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School, a law clerk to former Justice John Wallace, a former Assistant United States Attorney, and a partner with the major law firm of Montgomery McCracken Walker and Rhoads, Ms. Pierre-Louis embodies the American Dream,” the associations said in a joint statement.

The groups backing the former federal prosecutor include the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, the Garden State Bar Association, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, the Korean American Bar Association of Greater New York, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association and the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey.

If confirmed, Pierre-Louis would become the first black woman to ever sit on New Jersey’s highest court.

“In the midst of all the chaos around the world, it warms my heart to learn of the uplifting news highlighting Governor Murphy’s nomination of our very own, Ms. Fabiana Pierre Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court,” HALA-NJ President Joseph Makhandal Champagne said. “Once sworn in, she will become the first Haitian and black woman to preside on such a high and esteemed court. The celebration of this milestone will reverberate in the four walls of The State of New Jersey and Haiti.”

The New Jersey Women Lawyers Association “is pleased and honored to support the nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

“NJWLA is thrilled that Governor Murphy has nominated Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court and we wholeheartedly support the nomination of this dedicated, experienced and exceptionally qualified woman to our State’s highest court, the group said.

Pierre-Lewis also received the backing of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association:

“In 1994 Justice James H. Coleman became the first African American to sit on the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Justice Coleman Retired in 2003 at which time Justice John Wallace Jr. was nominated and confirmed, becoming the second African American Justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Today Governor Murphy nominated Fabiana Pierre-Louis to serve as an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to serve on the court and only the third Black justice in the court’s history.”

“The New Jersey Urban Mayors Association applauds the Governor for his choice in selecting Ms. Pierre-Louis who embodies the very essence of the American dream. As we are faced with a moment in history when America must choose the path of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all its citizens, creating judicial benches that reflect our society will be critical to making that choice a reality. The Association supports the nomination and confirmation of Ms. Pierre-Louis and is optimistic that this is the beginning of appointments to our highest court that reflect the diversity of our great State of New Jersey.”

This story was updated at 6:8 PM.

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