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For immediate release: April 7, 2011
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Chief Justice Appoints Judge Thomas L. Weisenbeck as Assignment Judge for Morris/Sussex Vicinage

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today announced the appointment of Superior Court Judge Thomas L. Weisenbeck as assignment judge of the Morris/Sussex Vicinage. Judge Weisenbeck will succeed Judge B. Theodore Bozonelis, who will retire on May 1.

“Judge Weisenbeck is a dedicated trial judge who has displayed his leadership skills in the family division as presiding family judge in the vicinage and as the designee of the Conference of Family Presiding Judges to the Supreme Court State Domestic Violence Working Group,” said Chief Justice Rabner. “He will make a strong leader in the vicinage and will add to the body of knowledge and experience in the statewide conference of all assignment judges,” he added.

“We thank Judge Bozonelis for his superb leadership as assignment judge. He will leave behind a vicinage that has been enhanced by his vision and exceptional history of public service,” said the Chief Justice.

Judge Weisenbeck, 65, has been a resident of Morris County since 1977. He was nominated to the bench by then-acting Gov. Richard J. Codey and took the oath of office on May 19, 2005. He has been assigned to the family division in the Morris/Sussex Vicinage since his appointment and has sat in the Morris County Courthouse. The chief justice appointed him presiding judge of the family division in August 2009. The Supreme Court designated him vice-chair of the Domestic Violence Working Group in October 2010.  Most recently he was named by the chief justice to the new Supreme Court Committee on Access and Fairness

“It is a great honor to have been selected by Chief Justice Rabner to lead the talented and hard-working judges and staff in the Morris and Sussex courthouses. We face many challenges, but I am confident that together we can continue to uphold the high standards for fairness, integrity and civility that are the hallmark of Judge Bozonelis’ legacy,” said Judge Weisenbeck.

Judge Weisenbeck received his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and his J.D from Rutgers School of Law-Camden. He is a Vietman veteran. His first experience in a courthouse was to serve as law clerk to retired Judge Robert Muir Jr. a man to whom he refers as “a great mentor.”

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Weisenbeck was in private practice at Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer. In 1977 he joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney and then became an assistant U.S. attorney in 1982. In 1985 he left public service to join the former Hannoch Weisman firm and then the Bressler, Amery and Ross firm where he was at the time of his nomination.

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