Assignment Judge Julio L. Mendez has appointed Superior Court Judge Joseph L. Marczyk chair of the Atlantic/Cape May Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns. Trinna Rodgers, an attorney at South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. has been appointed vice chair for Atlantic County. Community member Shirley Wilson will serve as the Cape May County vice chair.
The Atlantic/Cape May Advisory Committee advises and makes recommendations to Mendez and Trial Court Administrator Howard H. Berchtold Jr. on how the Judiciary can improve efforts to ensure fairness, impartiality, equal access and full participation in the courts.
“As the newly appointed assignment judge for Atlantic and Cape May counties, I am firmly committed to the success of the committee in the same manner as my predecessor, Judge Armstrong,” said Assignment Judge Mendez.
In 1992, the New Jersey Supreme Court created the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns and charged it with monitoring the implementation of the court-approved recommendations of the Task Force on Minority Concerns.
The Task Force was the first such group appointed by any court in the country. Its existence and its pioneering work helped trigger what has become a nationwide movement to identify and eliminate discrimination in various aspects of the justice system.