Judge Lisa Named to Appellate Division Trenton, New Jersey

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Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz has announced the appointment of the Honorable Joseph F. Lisa, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division in the Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Vicinage, to the Appellate Division effective Jan. 1.

"Judge Lisa's fairness, scholarship and commitment to service have been great assets to the courts in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties," said Chief Justice Poritz. "He will make an invaluable contribution to the Appellate Division."

Judge Lisa presided over several high-profile criminal cases in recent years, including the trial of Robert "Mudman" Simon, who was later killed by a fellow death-row inmate; the murder conviction of Richard Feaster, whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court; and the killing of a Bayside State Prison guard by Steven Beverly.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Judge Lisa received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1969. He was in private practice and represented a number of public bodies in southern New Jersey until 1991 when he was appointed a Superior Court Judge in the Civil Division, Gloucester County. After serving briefly in the Civil Division in Cumberland County, he served in the Civil and then the Criminal Division in Gloucester County. He became Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties in 1994.

Judge Lisa, 56, and his wife Laurie reside in Sewell, Gloucester County. They have four children, Jacqueline, Julie, Andrew and Allison. He has served as a member of the Criminal Division Visitation Team, chair of the Conference of Criminal Presiding Judges, member of the Trial Judges Committee on Capital Causes, member of the Criminal Practice Committee and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Bail Forfeiture. He served as president of the Gloucester County Bar Association and a member of the New Jersey District Ethics Committee appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Judge Lisa also served as a Glassboro Councilman and chair of several county committees. In his spare time, Judge Lisa enjoys relaxing and sailing at the Jersey shore with his family, and enjoys yardwork at his home in Sewell.

"I very much look forward to the opportunity to serve in the Appellate after nearly 10 years in the trial courts," said Judge Lisa. "I hope I may make some positive contributions to our state's jurisprudence in my new role."

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