JT Briefing

Chief Justice
Stuart Rabner

Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.

Richard J. Hughes Complex
25 Market Street
PO Box 037
Trenton, NJ 08625

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Phone: (609) 292-9580
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Appointments and Promotions

Acting Administrative Director Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D., recently announced the following managerial appointments:

  • Janet Share Zatz has been named assistant director of human resources. Zatz succeeds Brooks Durbin, who recently retired.

    Zatz will oversee the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures as well as recruitment, classification, compensation, performance management and labor and employee relations functions for more than 9,000 Judiciary employees.

    “Janet brings to us 25 years of experience in all aspects of human resource management, from employee development to labor relations. Her expertise in the field makes her an excellent choice for this position,” Judge Grant said.

    Zatz comes to the Judiciary from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), where she has served as the director of administration since February 2008. Before that appointment, she served as the director of human resources, labor relations and workforce development from 2006 to 2008.

    From 2004 to 2006, Zatz held the post of deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. From 1983 to 2004, she served the Department of Personnel, starting as a deputy director and moving up to the position of chief of staff.
    An attorney, Zatz holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

    Zatz lives in West Windsor with her husband, Irving. They have two sons.

  • Kevin M. Brown has been named assistant director for Probation Services. Brown succeeds Robert P. Sebastian, who is retiring after 41 years with the Judiciary.

    “We are grateful to Bob Sebastian for his long career of dedicated service. He is leaving the probation services division in good hands. Kevin is an exceptional manager who will provide innovation and leadership, and I look forward to working with him,” Judge Grant said.

    As assistant director, Brown will promote the welfare of children, families and communities in New Jersey by leading the approximately 1,600-member division in enforcing orders of the courts regarding the supervision and monitoring of adults and juvenile offenders sentenced to terms of probation or admitted to an intensive supervision program; the payment of fines and restitution by adult offenders; and the payment of child support by non-custodial parents.

    In addition, Brown will work with the conference of vicinage chief probation officers to develop and implement policies and procedures to improve and enhance the Judiciary’s delivery of probation services throughout New Jersey.

    He will work closely with managers in other divisions, including the family, criminal and finance divisions of the Judiciary, the state Division of Youth and Family Services, and other agencies.
    A graduate of North Carolina Central University, Brown was certified as a criminal justice counselor by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey and he was certified as a court manager by the National Center for State Courts.

    He began his career in 1986 as a probation officer, first supervising adult offenders, then juveniles. In 1993, he was named a community development specialist coordinator for the juvenile intensive supervision program (JISP), where he served until his appointment as the Mercer Vicinage assistant chief probation officer in 1999.

    He was named the southern regional supervisor for JISP in 2005. In 2007, Brown was named the statewide chief of JISP.

    Brown lives in Cherry Hill with his wife, Pamela. They have a daughter.

  • Brenda Carrasquillo has been named the new manager of language services. Carrasquillo succeeds Robert Joe Lee, who is retiring after nearly 31 years with the courts.

    “Our efforts to ensure access to the courts for persons with limited English proficiency are critical to our mission of building and maintaining the public’s trust and confidence. Ms. Carrasquillo has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that has served us well. She is an excellent choice to lead the Judiciary in this important area,” Judge Grant said.

    As the manager of language services, Carrasquillo will be responsible for a number of program areas, including credentialing court interpreters and legal translators; developing and monitoring policies and procedures that will ensure equal access for persons with limited English proficiency; developing training programs for judges, court staff and interns; collecting and analyzing data and maintaining the Registry of Interpreting Resources.

     She also will help the Judiciary comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in providing services such as American Sign Language interpreters and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing litigants.

    A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Carrasquillo began her career in the financial services industry, first with the Securities and Exchange Commission, then at PNC Bank, where she worked as an account manager from 1986 to 2001.

    She joined the Judiciary in 2005 as a research associate at the Administrative Office of the Courts, working with judges and staff to draft statewide policies and procedures for approval by the Supreme Court or by the Judicial Council, a statewide body of managing judges.

  • Chief Justice Stuart Rabner signed an order appointing Joseph H. Orlando clerk of the appellate division of  Superior Court, Judge Edwin H. Stern, presiding judge for administration of the appellate division, announced

    Orlando succeeds John M. Chacko, who has served as the appellate clerk since 2005 and is retiring Dec. 31.

    As clerk of the division, Orlando’s responsibilities will include managing the central office operations of the appellate division as well as providing support for appellate division judges and their staff located in chambers both in the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton and around the state.

    The clerk’s office files more than 7,000 appeals each year. Orlando will oversee case management; administrative services, including facilities, personnel, information technology and budgeting; and central appellate research.

    “Joe brings to the Appellate Division a wealth of legal and managerial experience. He has a deep understanding of the important role our judges and staff play in maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in the courts. As clerk, he will lead a seasoned team of dedicated professionals to maintain excellent customer service for attorneys and litigants. I am confident that we will experience a smooth transition under his leadership,” Judge Stern said.

    Orlando graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark with a Juris Doctor degree.

    During law school, he was a research editor for the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal. After law school, he worked in private practice from1989 to 1995. He was named the business administrator for Marlboro Township in 1996, and he served in that capacity until 2001.

    In 2001, Orlando joined the Judiciary as the chief of labor and employee relations, where he was responsible for labor relations, negotiations, discipline, performance management, contract administration, training and counseling regarding labor, employment, disability law and related litigation.

    The chief justice’s order, signed Dec. 10, calls for the appointment to be effective Jan. 2, 2009.

    Orlando, 45, lives in Jackson with his wife, Cathy, who works for the Jackson Board of Education. They have a daughter and a son.

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