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Fabiana Pierre-Louis is nominated to the New Jersey Supreme Court by Governor Phil Murphy. (Photo: Chris Pedota.)

Trailblazer: Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis

First Black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court

By David Wildstein, January 18 2021 12:30 am

Fabiana Pierre-Louis is the first Black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Gov. Phil Murphy nominated Pierre-Louis as an Associate Justice of the state’s top court in 2020.  She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and replaced Justice Walter F. Timpone on September 1, 2020.

The daughter of immigrants from Haiti, Pierre-Louis began her legal career as a law clerk to Justice John Wallace, the second Black to serve on the state Supreme Court.  Wallace was in Trenton to watch Murphy announce her nomination.

Pierre-Louis spent nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where she ran the Trenton and Camden offices for the District of New Jersey.

She was sworn in to the top court eight days before her 40th birthday, making her the youngest person to ever serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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