This survey of federal court practitioners about federal judges comes after a five-year period of relative stability in the District of New Jersey. Though there has been turnover, the continued presence of senior-status judges and the elevation of magistrate judges to the district court have kept many familiar faces on the bench.
What’s more, the district, magistrate and bankruptcy judges included in this survey and in our last, in 2008, have gained experience on the job, and with that the opportunity to improve their scores.
As with the last survey, we gather and publish anonymous responses. Anonymous surveys have their flaws. They are designed to encourage candor, but they also provide cover for critics.
Yet, the results reflect a thoughtful assessment of the federal judiciary in this district. The range of scores form a bell curve, and even the lowest-rated judges earned respectable grades.
In other words, the lawyers who took the time to complete the survey questionnaire did so with seriousness and careful consideration, just as they did in the prior survey in 2008.
I thank them for again helping us produce what we believe is a valuable practitioners’ guide to the New Jersey federal bench.
— Ronald J. Fleury, Editor in Chief
District Judge Biographies:
Magistrate Judge Biographies:
|Madeline Cox Arleo||Douglas E. Arpert||Tonianne J. Bongiovanni|
|Ann Marie Donio||Joseph A. Dickson||Mark Falk|
|Lois H. Goodman||Michael A. Hammer||Steven C. Mannion|
|Joel Schneider||Cathy Waldor||Karen M. Williams|
Bankruptcy Judge Biographies:
|Gloria M. Burns||Kathryn C. Ferguson|
|Rosemary Gambardella||Michael B. Kaplan|
|Donald H. Steckroth||Morris Stern|
|Novalyn L. Winfield||Judith H. Wizmur|