SOMERVILLE NJ - The ceremonial courtroom in the historic courthouse in Somerville was full to capacity on Thursday for the ceremonial oath of office for new Superior Court Judge Robert Wilson.
Friends, well-wishers and members of the legal community were on hand for the ceremony.
Vicinage XIII Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone presided over the ceremony, which was held in the presence of over a dozen current and retired Superior Court Judges. Retired Superior Court Judge Marilyn Rhyne Herr administered the oath of office. Judge Wilson chose Judge Herr because Judge Wilson began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for Judge Herr.
In her remarks, Judge Herr remembered that Judge Wilson - then law clerk Wilson - actually stayed for three weeks after his term was over to continue helping with the work.
Workers Compensation Judge Elia Pelios also delivered remarks on behalf of Judge Wilson. Judge Pelios reflected on all the hard work that had brought Judge Wilson to this moment, and about how Judge Wilson had never lost his sense of humor, his love of family and his dedication to the community.
Several prominent elected and appointed officials were in the audience, including Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, Somerset County Prosecutor Jeffery Soriano and Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.
Two prominent attorneys from the Somerset Hills who supported Judge Wilson's nomination and confirmation were present to speak on his behalf during the ceremony. Bernardsville attorneys Marguerite "Peg" Schaffer and Miles S. Winder, III each gave a testimonial.
Winder told the capacity crowd about Judge Wilson's character and ability, and predicted that he would be an outstanding Superior Court Judge. Schaffer agreed, opining that Judge Wilson would be a "great and honorable judge".
After Judge Wilson took the judicial oath, the crowd traveled to Neshanic Valley Golf Course for a reception at "Room With a View."
Judge Wilson is already on the bench and hearing cases in the Family Division of the Superior Court at the Somerset County Courthouse.