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Sussex Superior Court Judge Lorraine C. Parker Appointed to Appellate Division

For further information contact
Winnie Comfort, AOC, or
Michael Arnold, Morris/Sussex Vicinage, (973) 285-6999
For release: July 23, 2001
(609) 292-9580

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz appointed Superior Court Judge Lorraine C. Parker to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, 2001. Judge Parker currently serves in the Criminal Division of the Morris/Sussex Vicinage. She was appointed to the bench in 1992 by Gov. Jim Florio and was reappointed with tenure by Gov. Christie Whitman in 1999. Judge Parker has been sitting in Sussex County since she began her judicial career, first in the Family Division, then in the Civil Division in 1995, and in the Criminal Division since 1998. She has been on the faculty of the New Jersey Judicial College and served on the Supreme Court Ethics Commission, the Supreme Court Domestic Violence Task Force and the Supreme Court Oversight Committee for Permanent Placement for Children.

Three projects designed to assist pro se litigants in Sussex County access the courts have been developed under the guidance of Judge Parker: The Gap Program for family court litigants, the Sussex County ARC Pro se Guardianship program to assist parents with children who have mental retardation, and the Senior Guardianship Program to assist adult children of elderly parents.

“Judge Parker's experience demonstrating her leadership and her commitment to equal justice for all will add to the tradition of quality and excellence of the New Jersey appellate bench,” said Chief Justice Poritz.

A resident of Sparta, Judge Parker graduated from Rutgers Law School in Newark, received her master of science from Richmond College and her bachelor's degree from Hunter College. Before her appointment to the bench, she was private practice engaged in litigation.

She and her husband, Dr. George Timothy Parker, enjoy bicycling trips, travel and gardening. They have two grown children, one a software architect in the wireless communications industry and the other a writer and teacher.

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