TRENTON, NJ-- Fabiana Pierre-Louis was sworn in to the New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday, becoming the first Black woman and only the third Black justice to serve on the state’s highest Court.
The daughter of Haitian immigrants, the Burlington County resident is a first-generation American who was the first of her family to attend law school.
Pierre-Louis, who at 39 years old will also be the youngest justice, was sworn in during a private ceremony held yesterday attended by her family and also Governor Phil Murphy, who nominated her to the bench in June.
After she was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate last week, Murphy said, “I am honored to have put her name forward, and to see someone with a different set of life experiences and perspectives on our Supreme Court, a judicial body where New Jerseyans from all walks of life turn for justice.”
After watching her take the oath yesterday Murphy said, “history was made.”
Prior to being nominated, Pierre-Louis was a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, where she previously worked as an associate in her first three years out of law school.
Prior to her return to Montgomery McCracken in 2019, Pierre-Louis served for nine years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey as an Assistance U.S. Attorney and the Attorney-in-Charge of the Camden Office, the first woman of color to hold that position in the history of the District.
Prior to serving as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Camden Office, Pierre-Louis also served as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Trenton Office from November 2016 to December 2018 and was the first woman of color to hold that position as well. While serving in this capacity, she participated in the creation of the Trenton Reentry Court, a program that provides support services to newly released federal offenders.
In addition to working in both Trenton and Camden, Pierre-Louis previously worked in the Newark Office in the General Crimes Unit and the Organized Crime and Gang Unit.
Currently a resident of Mount Laurel, Pierre-Louis was raised in Irvington for most of her childhood. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and graduated from Rutgers Law School-Camden with High Honors. Immediately following law school, Pierre-Louis served as a law clerk for the Honorable John E. Wallace, Jr., of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Pierre-Louis is a board member of the Rutgers Law School-Camden Alumni Association and a trustee with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. She is a prior board member of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, and a member of the Garden State Bar Association, and the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey.