CAMDEN, NJ — Fabiana Pierre-Louis, who graduated from the Rutgers Law School of Camden in 2008, made history Thursday.
With a unanimous approval (39-0) from the state senate, Pierre-Louis will become the first Black woman to serve as an associate justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
She will also be the third Black judge to be part of the court in New Jersey’s 244-history, as well as the youngest justice on the court by roughly two decades.
Kimberly Mutcherson, the first Black female law dean at Rutgers and co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden, said the law school is “immensely proud” of their alumna.
“With this confirmation, she becomes the first Black woman to serve on our state’s highest court at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history when we are wrestling with issues that have plagued our country since its founding,” Mutcherson said.
Pierre-Louis, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, is a partner with Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads in Cherry Hill. In addition to attending Rutgers-Camden, she also earned bachelor’s degree from Rutgers-New Brunswick.
The 39-year-old Mount Laurel-native will take the seat vacated by Justice Walter Timpone, who is set to reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 this November.
“This nomination is truly a nomination of a lifetime for me," Pierre-Louis said before lawmakers earlier this week.
“Her experiences in law and beyond provide a firm foundation for her new role, and I am confident that she will swiftly establish herself as a thoughtful jurist committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting the integrity of the system of justice in our state and our society,” said Mutcherson. “On a more personal note, in the years that I have known Ms. Pierre-Louis, I have found her to be smart, focused, compassionate, and committed to being a role model and mentor to the young lawyers following in her footsteps.”
Pierre-Louis was also the first woman of color to become an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey and attorney-in-charge of the Trenton and Camden offices.