MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Board of Trustees of Montclair State University has named the Honorable Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, as its 2015 honorary degree recipient. He will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University’s commencement ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, May 20, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

“Stuart Rabner has dedicated himself to public service throughout his career,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “As Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, he has earned a reputation as a distinguished jurist who has served the people of New Jersey and their justice system with integrity. I am delighted that Montclair State is able to recognize his many accomplishments.”

The son of Holocaust survivors, Chief Justice Rabner grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, before graduating first from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and then from Harvard Law School. Chief Justice Rabner began his career as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and also served as first assistant U.S. Attorney, chief of the terrorism unit and chief of the criminal division.

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Named Chief Counsel to Governor Jon Corzine in January 2006, he subsequently held the office of Attorney General. In 2007, he was confirmed by the Senate as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, a position he is expected to hold until his retirement.

As Chief Justice, he has issued landmark decisions on issues ranging from the right to privacy to the right to marry, and has succeeded in modernizing New Jersey’s court and bail systems.

A resident of Caldwell, New Jersey, Chief Justice Rabner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Judicial Administration at the New York University School of Law. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices.

On May 20, the University is expected to award more than 4,300 bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees to the Class of 2015 – the largest graduating class in Montclair State’s 106-year history.


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Building on a distinguished 106-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The University’s six colleges and schools serve over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 300 doctoral, master's and baccalaureate level programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.

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