Fabiana Pierre-Louis

American lawyer

Fabiana Pierre-Louis is an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She is the first Black woman on New Jersey's highest court. She is also the youngest person to be on the court. Before joining the court, Pierre Louis worked as attorney-in-charge of the U.S. Attorney's Trenton and Camden branches and as a partner at the law firm of Montgomery McCracken.

Fabiana Pierre-Louis
Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
Assumed office
September 1, 2020
Appointed byPhil Murphy
Preceded byWalter F. Timpone
Personal details
Born1980/1981 (age 39–40)[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Robert Reeves
EducationRutgers University (BA, JD)

Early life and educationEdit

Pierre-Louis' family lived in Brooklyn before moving to Irvington, New Jersey.[2][1] She is the daughter of Haitian American immigrants[1][3] and speaks Haitian Creole fluently.[4]

Pierre-Louis graduated from Union Catholic Regional High School in 1998.[5] She earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a juris doctor from Rutgers Law School.[1]

CareerEdit

Pierre-Louis worked as a law clerk for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John E. Wallace Jr.. Pierre-Louis worked for almost ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the office of United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. She was also the attorney-in-charge of the U.S. Attorney's Trenton and Camden branches. After that, she became a partner at the law firm of Montgomery McCracken.[6][4]

On June 5, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he wanted to name Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court.[1][6] She would replace Walter F. Timpone, who was almost at the state's retirement age for judges.[7] On August 24, 2020, the New Jersey Senate's Judiciary Committee voted 11-0 to send her nomination to the full Senate,[8][9] and on August 27, 2020, the Senate voted 39-0 to confirm her to the Court.[10][11][12]

Pierre-Louis swore her oath of office on September 1, 2020.[7] She is the first Black woman on the court.[13] She is also the youngest judge ever on the court.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Pierre-Louis and her husband, Robert Reeves, have two sons.[3][15] As of 2020, the family lives in Mount Laurel.[16][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 NJ.com, Brent Johnson (June 5, 2020). "Murphy to nominate attorney to become first black woman to N.J. Supreme Court". nj. Archived from the original on 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  2. Nelson, Blake (August 24, 2020). "N.J. Senate committee unanimously approves first Black woman to state Supreme Court". nj.com for NJ Advance Media. Archived from the original on August 25, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Racioppi, Dustin (June 5, 2020). "Murphy nominates Fabiana Pierre-Louis to NJ Supreme Court in historic choice". North Jersey. Archived from the original on July 17, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Fabiana Pierre-Louis". Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP. Archived from the original on 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  5. Staff. "Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated To Become First Black Woman To Serve on NJ Supreme Court" Archived 2020-06-05 at the Wayback Machine, TAP into Elizabeth, June 5, 2020. Accessed June 5, 2020. "Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, made history on Friday when N.J. Governor Phil Murphy said he will nominate her to become New Jersey’s first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court."
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Gov. Phil Murphy Announces Intent To Nominate Fabiana Pierre-Louis To Serve On New Jersey Supreme Court". 2020-06-05. Archived from the original on 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Johnson, Brent (September 1, 2020). "N.J. now has 1st Black woman on state Supreme Court. Fabiana Pierre-Louis was just sworn in". nj. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  8. Tully, Tracey (2020-08-24). "Daughter of Immigrants to Be 1st Black Woman on N.J. Supreme Court". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-08-25. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  9. NJ.com, Blake Nelson | NJ Advance Media for (2020-08-24). "N.J. Senate committee unanimously approves first Black woman to state Supreme Court". nj. Archived from the original on 2020-08-25. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  10. "Office of the Governor | Statement from Governor Murphy on Confirmation of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court". nj.gov. Archived from the original on 2020-08-27. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  11. August 27, Suzette Parmley |; PM, 2020 at 02:12. "Fabiana Pierre-Louis Confirmed to NJ Supreme Court". New Jersey Law Journal. Archived from the original on 2020-08-27. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  12. NJ.com, Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for (2020-08-27). "N.J. will soon get 1st Black woman on the state Supreme Court. Senate just confirmed her". nj. Archived from the original on 2020-08-27. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  13. Bureau, Dustin Racioppi, Trenton. "Murphy nominates Fabiana Pierre-Louis to NJ Supreme Court in historic choice". New Jersey Herald. Archived from the original on 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  14. "New Jersey Sends a Black Woman to the State Supreme Court for First Time In Its History". The Root. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Parmley, Suzette (June 5, 2020). "Former Federal Prosecutor, Montgomery McCracken Partner Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated to Supreme Court". New Jersey Law Journal. Archived from the original on June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  16. "Gov. Murphy nominates Fabiana Pierre-Louis to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court". WRNJ Radio. 2020-06-05. Archived from the original on 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-06-05.