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Deirdre Naughton Named New Director of Judiciary's Professional and Governmental Services
New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today named Deirdre M. Naughton, who is counsel to the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, to succeed David P. Anderson as the Director of Professional and Governmental Services for the Judiciary.
Deirdre Naughton has served as counsel to the ACJC since February 2007. Immediately prior to joining the courts, she served for six years as assistant counsel to the New Jersey governor where her duties included, among other things, managing judicial and prosecutorial appointments.
In her new role, she will serve as the Judiciary’s representative to the governor’s office and the Legislature and will coordinate judicial appointments and reappointments for the courts. She also will be charged with management of the Judicial Education and Judicial Performance section and the ACJC.
“Deirdre’s experience with the courts, and with the executive and the legislative branches, combined with her skills as an attorney, make her the ideal person to manage professional and governmental services for the Judiciary,” said Chief Justice Rabner. “She will bring that experience to every facet of her role as a leader and manager.”
Naughton said, “I never would have imagined this opportunity when I first came to the courts. I am delighted to accept Chief Justice Rabner’s offer and humbled to undertake so great a task and to succeed Dave Anderson, who is recognized across the state as the best at what he does.”
Naughton, 39, lives in West Windsor with her husband, Marc Normand and their two young children. She graduated from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in 1997 and from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1994. She was a law clerk to Judge Jack L. Lintner from 1997 to 1998. Before joining the staff in the governor’s counsel’s office, she worked as an associate at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis and then as an associate for McCarter & English.
“As we welcome Deirdre to her new role, we must say good-bye to our long-time friend and colleague, Dave Anderson. For nearly 40 years he has served the courts of New Jersey, where he started as a sheriff’s officer in 1972 and rose through the ranks to become a leader and close advisor to many chief justices, judges and colleagues.
“Judges appointed or reappointed in New Jersey for the past three decades have relied on Dave’s advice to achieve confirmation and to continue their professional development through the Judicial Education and Performance section overseen by Dave. His achievements are legendary, and his retirement is well-deserved,” said Chief Justice Rabner.