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Judge Hoens Named to Appellate Division

For immediate release: October 31, 2002
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Winnie Comfort, AOC
(609) 292-9580

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz has announced the appointment of Superior Court Judge Helen E. Hoens, presiding judge of the Civil Division in the Somerset/ Hunterdon/Warren Vicinage, to the Appellate Division effective Nov. 1.

"The Judiciary and the citizens of the Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Vicinage have been well served by Judge Hoens' wisdom, fairness and commitment to service," said Chief Justice Poritz. "Now the Appellate Division also will benefit from her talent and dedication."

Judge Hoens has served in Somerset Superior Court since March 31, 1994. Formerly an active member of the American Bar Association, as well as the New Jersey Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association and the Somerset County Bar Association, Judge Hoens was a partner at Lum, Hoens, Conant, Danzis and Kleinberg before her appointment to the bench. She specialized in civil litigation, including financial, construction and product liability cases.

After graduation with high honors from the College of William and Mary, Judge Hoens received her juris doctorate, with honors, from Georgetown University Law Center. She served as a law clerk to Judge John J. Gibbons during his service on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before embarking on a career in private practice.

Prior to her initial appointment to the bench, Judge Hoens worked for years on behalf of persons with disabilities, particularly those with autism. In addition to her contributions for the Disability Law Primer, published by the Essex County Bar Association, her pro bono work included working on behalf of charitable groups that support autism research and advocacy. A Somerset County resident, Judge Hoens lives with her husband, Robert W. Schwaneberg, and her son, Charles.

"I look forward to joining the Appellate Division," said Judge Hoens, "and I am honored to be joining a group that I hold in such high esteem."

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