For immediate release: APRIL 13, 2006
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Trial Court Administrator's Office
Jude Del Preore or Donna Mazzanti
Superior Court of New Jersey
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Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060
RETIRED JUDGE'S WORK HONORED
MOUNT HOLLY - Prosecutors, defense attorneys and treatment providers alike all came together recently to honor retired Superior Court Judge Cornelius P. Sullivan. What do the members of these diverse groups have in common? While these groups usually represent competing interests in the courtroom, they are all members of the New Jersey Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), which is the State chapter of the National ATSA, a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization. ATSA was founded to foster research, facilitate information exchange, further professional education and provide for the advancement of professional standards and practices in the field of sex offender evaluation and treatment.
ATSA as an international organization is focused specifically on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders. This includes the following goals:
- Elimination of sexual victimization;
- Protection of our communities through responsible and ethical treatment of sex offenders;
- Prevention of sexual assault through effective management of sex offenders; and
- Maintenance of high standards of professionalism and integrity within its membership.
NJ-ATSA honored Judge Cornelius Sullivan for his continued efforts in this field. Recently retired, Judge Sullivan has earned the respect of those from many disciplines and different parts of the state. This is due to a long and respected career that included informed work with sex offenders, ongoing efforts to forge collaborations among the various agencies working with these offenders, and his leadership role with systems change.
Judge John A. Sweeney, Burlington County's Assignment Judge acknowledged Judge Sullivan's efforts in this difficult subject area. "Judge Sullivan was a proven trainer and advisor in this topic." "He served as Burlington's Megan's Law Judge from the inception of the statute." "It is only fitting that he be recognized for his efforts in an area that he devoted a substantial portion of his distinguished career." Burlington County's Criminal Presiding Judge Thomas Smith has assumed the duties of administering Megan's Law cases in the county.
More than one hundred members of the South Jersey Network, a multidisciplinary organization in which Judge Sullivan was an active participant, were on hand for the presentation. Judge Sullivan thanked the group and stated, "I am deeply touched by professionals who do so much to address and respond to the needs of others to recognize me for this distinct honor. The work of this group is of utmost importance and is extremely valuable to both the clients they serve and the information they provide to the judges."