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APALA-NJ SUPPORTS GOV. PHIL MURPHY’S NOMINATION OF FABIANA PIERRE-LOUIS TO THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT

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June 5, 2020

APALA-NJ SUPPORTS GOV. PHIL MURPHY’S NOMINATION OF FABIANA PIERRE-LOUIS TO THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT

Newark, New Jersey – Gov. Phil Murphy formally announced his first pick for the New Jersey Supreme Court since taking office. And it is a historic one.

Today, Murphy nominated Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, to be the next Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Pierre-Louis will be the first black woman, and the first Haitian-American to sit on the state’s highest court. The Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) fully and wholeheartedly supports Pierre-Louis’s nomination and believes this is the right step towards a more diverse judiciary. New Jersey is strong and prides itself on its diversity as one of the most racially and ethnically diverse communities, including people of color and immigrants; it is time our Supreme Court reflects the diversity of the state. APALA-NJ is proud to stand witness to history.

At only 39, Pierre-Louis’s accolades are extensive and speak for themselves. She is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick and earned her law degree from Rutgers Law School, magna cum laude. Following law school, she clerked for Justice John Wallace Jr. (ret.). From there, she went to Montgomery McCracken before moving to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey in 2010. In 2012, she moved to the Trenton office and would be the first woman of color to be Attorney-in-Charge of the office. In 2018, she became the first woman of color to serve as Attorney-in-Charge of the Camden office. She supervised all aspects of criminal matters: criminal trials, investigations and prosecutions of large-scale mail and wire fraud offenses, healthcare and government fraud matters, and narcotics, firearms, and violent crime offenses. She also investigated and prosecuted her own caseload, focusing on public corruption matters, federal narcotics offenses, export control violations, defense contracting fraud, national security matters, and child exploitation offenses. In addition to working in both Trenton and Camden, Pierre-Louis worked in the Newark Office in the General Crimes Unit and the Organized Crime and Gang Unit.

“I am a Black woman. I am the child of immigrants from Haiti. I am someone who is a first generation American citizen here in this country, [the] first person in my family to attend law school, to become a lawyer, someone who’s also lived in a variety of inner cities throughout my life, beginning with my early childhood in Brooklyn, then followed by the remainder of my childhood in Irvington, New Jersey,” Pierre-Louis is quoted as saying to Essence Magazine. “All those experiences bring a unique perspective to the Court that currently is not there.”

APALA-NJ, founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1993, is the largest specialty bar association that collectively represents the interests of Asian Pacific American lawyers in the State of New Jersey.

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