STATE — Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced that Superior Court Judge John C. Kennedy will be elevated to the Appellate Division effective Sept. 1.
New Jersey’s 35 appellate court judges hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the tax court and state administrative agencies, rendering a total of about 7,000 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.
Judge Kennedy was appointed to the bench by Gov. James E. McGreevey in 2003. He served in the criminal division of the Essex Vicinage until 2008, when he was assigned to the civil bench. He has served as a panelist at a number of judicial education programs at the national and state level.
In 2009, Judge Kennedy became a science and technology fellow of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the Judiciary, Judge Kennedy was in private practice, most recently as a litigation partner in O’Donnell, Kennedy, Vespole & Piechta. He also has served as corporation counsel for the City of Jersey City and taught at Seton Hall University Law School.
A graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., Judge Kennedy received his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Appellate Judge John F. Lynch.
“I am honored and delighted to be able to serve the people of New Jersey in this new capacity,” said Judge Kennedy. “I want to thank Assignment Judge Patricia K. Costello and all of the wonderful judges and staff in Essex County for their assistance and collegiality over the years. It has been a pleasure working with them.”
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