EAST ORANGE, NJ - The City of East Orange recently swore in the Honorable Judge MeLinda Hawkins Taylor as the newest member of the East Orange Municipal Court. Mayor Lester E. Taylor III (no relation) administered the oath during the ceremonial event held in City Council Chambers to a host of family, friends and well-wishers. 

Judge Hawkins Taylor, who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law, has over 20 years of legal experience. She has had the honor of working with the Hon. Anne E. Thompson, US District Court, District of NJ and the Hon. Geoffrey Gaulkin, Superior Court, Appellate Division (Ret.). Previous positions have included Essex County Assistant Prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.

While practicing law in East Orange, Judge Hawkins Taylor has acted as Law Guardian for DYFS matters, Hearing Officer for Essex County, and represented numerous individuals in federal court whereby she received a Recognition of Distinguished Service. Judge Hawkins Taylor previously served on the East Orange Board of Water Commissioners.

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Judge MeLinda Hawkins Taylor statement: 

To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required" (Luke 12:48). Judge Hawkins Taylor strongly believes that each person has a responsibility to use the gifts, talents, and positions that God gave him or her to benefit the community. 

Following her appointment, Judge Hawkins Taylor will continue her private practice in East Orange concentrating in real estate, estate planning and probate matters. Her office address is:   579 Park Avenue, East Orange 973-441-6700.