The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Applauds Governor Corzine’s Judicial Nomination of Alberto Rivas and Esther Suarez to the New Jersey Superior Court

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2010

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) applauds Governor Corzine’s judicial nominations of Alberto Rivas and Esther Suarez to the New Jersey Superior Court.  Both candidates have now been confirmed by the senate.

Alberto Rivas, nominated to the position of Superior Court Judge in Middlesex County, is a partner at Lite DePalma Greenberg & Rivas, LLC and is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.  Mr. Rivas has also served as Law Director for the City of Perth Amboy and as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law.  A well respected member of the legal profession, he has also appeared frequently as a commentator on Court TV.

Mr. Rivas has served on various Court committees, including the Lawyers Advisory Committees for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  He was also appointed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts, Race and Ethnicity Commission.  Mr. Rivas is a past chairman of the District VA Fee Arbitration Committee.  He is also a past president of the Rutgers University School of Law-Newark Alumni Association.

Mr. Rivas began his career as a judicial law clerk for Judge Anne E. Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1985 to 1987.  In 1985 Mr. Rivas earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law and in 1982 he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Esther Suarez, nominated to the position of Superior Court Judge in Passaic County, is the Director of the Law Department County Counsel in the County of Bergen.  In that capacity, Ms. Suarez provides legal counsel to the Bergen County Executive, eight county departments and 52 divisions, including the county police department, sheriff’s office and prosecutor’s office.  Ms. Suarez has also served as Corporation counsel for the city of Hoboken, as legal counsel to the Union City Housing Authority and as an associate lawyer with the Firm Scarinci & Hollenbeck.  Ms. Suarez is the vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Ramapo College.

In 1997, Ms. Suarez earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Douglass College.  Ms Suarez is affiliated with the Bergen County Bar Association, the Rutgers Uiversity Board of Governors, the Eagleton Institute Undergraduate Associates Program and is president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hudson County Bar Association.

Miguel Alexander Pozo, HBA-NJ President, praised the Governor’s selection of these nominees and the Governor’s continued recognition of the wealth of legal talent within the Hispanic legal community.  Mr. Pozo stated that, “Mr. Rivas and Ms. Suarez, posess varied legal experience that makes them well suited to make significant contributions to the excellence for which the New Jersey state court bench is known.”  The HBA-NJ extends its thanks to the Governor and its most sincere congratulations to the judicial nominees, Mr. Rivas and Ms. Suarez, both HBA-NJ members.

The HBA-NJ also congratulates the Honorable Lourdes Santiago, J.S.c., who sits in the Family Division, Hudson County Vicinage, on having received tenure earlier this month.  Judge Santiago is also a past president of the HBA-NJ.

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, founded in 1980, is a 501(c)(6) statewide organization that represents attorneys, judges, law professors and law students who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.  The purpose of the organization is to serve the public interest by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.  The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey cooperates with other bar organizations, with other legal organizations and with other Hispanic community, business, civic, charitable and cultural organizations in furtherance of the aforementioned purposes.

For more information about the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.njhba.org.

For press inquiries, please contact Nuris E. Portuondo, Esq., Press Secretary at NPortuondo@ssecz.com or (973)301-001 ext. 207 and Miguel Pozo, Esq., President at mpozo@lowenstein.com or (973) 597-6212.

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