For immediate release: August 5, 2009
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Statement of the New Jersey Supreme Court on the Death of Justice Sidney M. Schreiber
Today we mourn the passing of retired Supreme Court Justice Sidney M. Schreiber, who served with distinction as an associate justice for nine years. Justice Schreiber was a kind and loving family man, good friend and exemplary colleague.
Justice Schreiber's opinions reflected his deep respect for the law and his independent thinking. He was known for extremely high standards and precision in writing opinions that provided clear direction to the bench, the bar and the public in cases that touched virtually every area of the law.
Justice Schreiber was born on Nov. 18, 1914 and was raised in Elizabeth. He was a graduate of Yale University and Yale University Law School and was an attorney for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission before entering the U.S. Army in 1943.
During his two years in the Army, Justice Schreiber directed the war crimes review section of the Judge Advocate General's Office. After his discharge, Justice Schreiber was an attorney in private practice and was involved in civic affairs, including serving as a delegate to the 1966 New Jersey Constitutional Convention and as a commissioner for the Union County Parks Commission.
Gov. William T. Cahill appointed Justice Schreiber to the Superior Court in October 1972. Gov. Brendan T. Byrne announced his intention to appoint Justice Schreiber to the Supreme Court on Jan. 8, 1975. He was confirmed by the state Senate on Jan. 27, 1975, but he was not sworn in until Feb. 28, 1975, following the retirement of Justice Nathan L. Jacobs.
Justice Schreiber retired from the court on Nov. 18, 1984, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.
In retirement, Justice Schreiber served as chairperson of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct and vice chairman of the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Justice Schreiber's family, his wife Ruth, his daughter Florence Powers and his grandson Jonathan Powers, a recent graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law.