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For immediate release: January 15, 2009
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Superior Court Judge John L. Call Jr. Named Family Division Presiding Judge

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has designated Superior Court John L. Call Jr. as presiding judge of the family division for the Burlington Vicinage. The appointment, which is effective Jan. 26, was announced today by Burlington Vicinage Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder.

Presiding judges are responsible for the day-to-day management of their divisions, in conjunction with the division manager and under the direction of the assignment judge. This includes assigning calendars, prioritizing cases, and making recommendations to the assignment judge regarding the allocation of judicial resources. In addition, presiding judges serve on statewide conferences in their respective practice areas to consider and recommend policies and procedures to the administrative director of the courts.

"We are happy that Judge Call has been selected by the Chief Justice. His exceptional intelligence, experience and commitment to justice are tremendous assets to our vicinage." said Judge Bookbinder.

Named to the bench in 2005 by Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey, Judge Call has served in the family division since his appointment. A graduate of Duke University and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, he worked in private practice before his appointment.

"I greatly appreciate this opportunity and the faith placed in me by both Judge Bookbinder and Chief Justice Rabner. I admire and respect my colleagues on the family bench and I am eager to work with them to continuously improve the delivery of justice in our courts," said Judge Call.

Judge Call and his wife, Ann, reside in Moorestown, where she is a tennis coach at Mooretown High School. They have four children: Christine, a benefits analyst; Gavin, a computer technician; and twins Winnie, a freshman at Yale University, and Zoey, a freshman at the University of Delaware. He recently celebrated the arrival of his first grandson, Ryan Murray.

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