Judiciary Celebrates Women In Leadership During Women’s History Month

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STATE—In honor of the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, the New Jersey Judiciary will publish a series of biographies online to celebrate the achievements of several women who have made lasting contributions to the court system in New Jersey.  The biographies will be posted at njcourts.com.

“Our court system, indeed our state, is stronger, fairer and better because of the contributions of these great women,” said Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts.  “We owe to them not only our gratitude, but our ongoing commitment to carrying on their legacy.  The New Jersey courts will continue to lead the nation in ensuring equal access to justice for all of those who come to us seeking the protection of their rights.”

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Among those being honored are Deborah T. Poritz, the first woman to serve as chief justice; Marie L. Garibaldi, the first woman named to the Supreme Court; Sybil R. Moses, the first woman to serve as assignment judge; Libby E. Sachar, the first woman to be named to the Superior Court bench and Sylvia B. Pressler, the first woman named presiding judge for administration of the Appellate Division.

Pressler, an iconic figure in the New Jersey legal milieu, was editor of the annual Rules of Court publication that governs all aspects of court procedure in the New Jersey court system.  She authored more than 3,500 appellate court decisions.  She is also celebrated as the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights hearing officer who ruled that a 12-year-old girl must be allowed to play Little League baseball.

Pressler retired in 2004 and died last month at the age of 75.


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