Fabiana Pierre-Louis set become first black woman on New Jersey’s Supreme Court

By Duchess Magazine

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, 39, a Rutgers University graduate and current partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker and Rhoads Law Firm
is set to make history yet again as Gov. Phil Murphy’s next nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

She already makes history as the first black woman to head two U.S. Attorney’s Office branches in New Jersey. Upon confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate, Pierre-Louis would make history as the first black woman to hold the post and the first African American to serve on the court since 2010.

This was announced Friday by Governor Phil Murphy. “I intend for Fabiana to assume the seat of Associate Justice Walter Timpone, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 this November… ” Murphy said in prepared remarks “A core tenet of my Administration is a commitment to an independent, fair-minded judiciary that reflects the immense diversity of our great state,” said Murphy, who is a Democrat. “It is extremely humbling to be nominated, and I am beyond excited and enthusiastic at the opportunity to continue the proud tradition of the Supreme Court’s commitment to justice, equality, and fairness,” Pierre-Louis said. “Standing here today, know that I have truly lived and continue to live the American dream that my parents came to this country in search of,” said Pierre-Louis. “Words truly can’t express what a tremendous honor it is for me to be nominated to the Supreme Court of New Jersey.” Born to Haitian immigrants, Pierre-Louis later moved to Irvington, N.J., with her parents and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick and her law degree from the Rutgers-Camden Law School, graduating with high honors.

Before returning to Montgomery McCracken, Pierre-Louis served for nine years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Attorney-in-Charge of the Camden Branch Office.


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