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For immediate release: July 18, 2011
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Judge Mitchel E. Ostrer Elevated to Appellate Division

Superior Court Judge Mitchel E. Ostrer will be elevated to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today.

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey's intermediate appellate court.  The 35 Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the Tax Court and state administrative agencies.  The Appellate Division decides approximately 7,000 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.

Judge Ostrer was appointed to the bench in 2003 by Gov. James E. McGreevey. He began his judicial career in the civil division in the Mercer Vicinage, moving to the family division in 2004 and to the criminal division in 2007.  While on the bench, Judge Ostrer has been a participant in the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center and has served on the Evidence Rules Committee.  As an attorney, he served on the District V-B Ethics Committee and the Model Civil Jury Charge Committee.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College, Judge Ostrer earned a master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He attended Columbia University School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1979. He served as a law clerk to the late New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Sidney M. Schreiber.

Judge Ostrer served as assistant counsel to Gov. Brendan T. Byrne before joining the political campaign and, later, the Washington, D.C. staff of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, where he became legislative director.  In 1992, he returned to New Jersey and became of counsel to the law firm of Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark, concentrating in commercial litigation.  He joined Gov. McGreevey’s administration in 2001, serving as his policy counselor before his appointment to the bench.

“I am honored and grateful to have this opportunity to serve on the Appellate Division.  I am thankful to have had the chance to work with so many wonderful and dedicated people on the bench, on our staff, and among the bar in Mercer County.  I will miss them,” said Judge Ostrer.

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