Judge Edwin R. Alley, Union County Superior Court, Judge Francine I. Axelrad, Tax Court, Elevated to Appellate Division

June 21, 2000
Winnie Comfort (609) 292-9580
Sandra Thaler-Gerber at Union Vicinage, 908-659-3844

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz today signed an order appointing Judge Edwin R. Alley and Judge Francine I. Axelrad to the Appellate Division effective September 1, 2000.

"The experience of Judge Axelrad in the Tax Court and Judge Alley in the Criminal Division will bring additional resources to the Appellate Division to the benefit of New Jersey citizens who bring their concerns before the court," said Chief Justice Poritz.

Judge Alley currently serves in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court in the Union Vicinage. Former Gov. James J. Florio appointed him to the bench in 1991. He is a 1961 graduate of Cornell University and a 1963 graduate of Harvard Law School. Before beginning his law career, Judge Alley served in the United States Army from 1964 through 1966 and was honorably discharged at the rank of captain. He practiced law in New York City and in New Jersey and left the Newark firm of Carpenter, Bennett and Morrissey as a litigation partner to assume his judicial role.

While in private practice, Judge Alley developed an interest in international civil litigation treaties. He served on committees of the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association dealing with issues of international litigation and was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. Judge Alley has lectured on international law at conferences in London, Hamburg, Paris, Geneva, Rome, Amsterdam and Stuttgart.

Residents of Berkeley Heights in Union County, Judge Alley and his wife Irene have three daughters, Jennifer Alley, Betsy Alley and Suzanne Franzino. He shares with his family a deep love of music and he plays the piano and the harpsichord.

Judge Axelrad currently sits on the Tax Court. Gov. Florio appointed her to the bench in 1993 and immediately upon being sworn in to the Tax Court, she was temporarily assigned to the Family Division of Superior Court in Gloucester County. She served in that assignment for one year, and then for the next three years served in both the Tax Court and the Family Division. She was assigned to the Tax Court full time in 1997. Judge Axelrad has issued 23 published opinions.

Judge Axelrad is a 1974 magna cum laude graduate of Connecticut College where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden in 1977. She began her legal career in the Camden law firm Greenberg, Shmerelson, Weinroth and Etish. She was Director of the Department of Law for Cherry Hill when she was appointed to the bench.

In 1997, Judge Axelrad, along with Tax Court Judge Joseph Small, was called on to serve in the first case in New Jersey in which the court employed the concept of judge sharing. In Wilf v. Wilf, one of the state's most complex divorce cases, Essex County Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Zampino, Presiding Judge of the Family Division, requested the assistance of the Tax Court judges to hear the property value portion of the case. Judge Axelrad was asked to determine the gross value of each of 290 properties, with total estimated value between $60 million and $300 million. Her expertise in property valuation contributed to bringing the case, which had been in the court for years, to resolution.

Judge Axelrad, a native of Lakewood, lives in Cherry Hill with her husband Barry Rosenberg, an attorney, and their children Michael and Cindy Rosenberg. The teenagers are students at Cherry Hill East High School. Michael will attend Cornell University in the fall and Cindy will be a sophomore at the high school.

Judge Axelrad is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and New Jersey State and Camden County Bar Associations. Her spirit of public service benefits the Cherry Hill community, where she volunteers as a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts of America Troop #147, with the American Heart Association as a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation instructor, and with the Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., where she is an instructor of English as a second language.

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