For immediate release: June 7, 2007
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Superior Court Judge Honored at Fordham Law Alumni Dinner
Middlesex Vicinage General Equity Judge Amy Piro Chambers received the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the North Jersey Chapter of the Fordham University School of Law Alumni Association. The award was presented by Dean William M. Treanor at the association's annual dinner on June 6 at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. The event was organized by Association President E. Carter Corriston.
Judge Chambers was honored for a career that embodies the law school's motto, "In the Service of Others." She is the first woman to receive the award.
Named to the bench in 1986, Judge Chambers served in the Special Civil Part, Family Part, and Civil Part of Superior Court. She was named presiding judge of the Civil Part in 1997, and served in that capacity until being named to the General Equity Part in 2005.
Judge Chambers has served on numerous committees working on various issues in the courts, including public access to court records, civil practice, special civil practice, judicial performance, and model jury charges. She has chaired the Conference of Civil Presiding Judges, the Statewide Bench-Bar Liaison Committee on Civil Standardization, and the Supreme Court Committee on Model Jury Charges.
In addition, Judge Chambers is chair of the Middlesex County Courthouse Art Advisory Committee and has led efforts to install a number of art and historical exhibits in the public spaces of the Middlesex County Courthouse, including a photographic exhibit by students at the Mason Gross School of the Arts; historical exhibits of New Brunswick and Perth Amboy; and an exhibit on the New Jersey Constitution and the 1947 Constitutional Convention. She is currently working with the Mason Gross School of the Arts to install a criminal law project in the courthouse.
Prior to her judicial career, Judge Chambers served as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge Morris Malech before joining Young, Rose and Millspaugh as an associate in 1975. In 1979 she became assistant counsel to Gov. Brendan T. Byrne 1979, and then assistant counsel to Gov. Thomas H. Kean in 1982. She was named deputy counsel to Gov. Kean in 1984 and served in that capacity until her appointment to the bench. She also served as acting commissioner of the Department of the Public Advocate in 1985. She holds a bachelor's degree from New York University in addition to her juris doctor degree from Fordham.
Judge Chambers is married to Prof. John W. Chambers, who teaches history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. They live in Middlesex County.