Judge Weissbard Named to Appellate Division, Trenton New Jersey

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Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz has announced the appointment of the Honorable Harvey Weissbard, Superior Court Judge, Criminal Division in the Essex Vicinage, to the Appellate Division effective Nov. 20.

"Judge Weissbard is widely respected for his fairness, intelligence and sound judgment in the Criminal Division in Essex County," said the Chief Justice. "We welcome his breadth of vision and service-oriented leadership to the Appellate Division."

Judge Weissbard has served in Essex Superior Court since August 7, 1997. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Rules of Evidence Committee and Criminal Practice Committee. A former trustee of both the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Association, he has served as chair and member of several Association committees. He served as president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and has been a frequent lecturer with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. An Army veteran (Second/First Lieutenant) and a veteran of the Army Reserve (First Lieutenant/Captain), he has been active in civic activities and is the author of articles published in the New Jersey State Bar Journal and other publications.

A graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in physics, and Harvard Law School, he began his career in private practice in 1964 after completing his Army service. He was a partner with Weissbard and Wiewiorka at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in 1997. Judge Weissbard, 62, and his wife Joyce reside in Maplewood and are the parents of two adult children, Deborah and Rachel. A dedicated track fan who won the state championship for the 220-yard dash in high school, Judge Weissbard also collects rare books on the development of modern physics and can be found in his spare time visiting auctions and used bookshops in search of these 19th and early 20th century treasures.

"I look forward to joining the Appellate Division," Judge Weissbard said, "and hope my decisions will contribute to the development of the law."

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