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Gov. Chris Christie has nominated seven lawyers for the bench: six for the Superior Court and one for the Tax Court.
Christie announced the nominations late Thursday. They must all be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee and approved by the full Senate.
Three of the Superior Court nominations are for Monmouth County, two are for Gloucester County, and the sixth is for Ocean County.
The three nominations for Monmouth County are: Lourdes Lucas of Fair Haven, Marc LeMieux of Belmar, and Daniel Weiss of Asbury Park.
The Gloucester nominees are: John Eastlack Jr. of Wenonah, and Michael Silvanio of Mantua.
The nominee from Ocean is Deborah Hanlon-Schron of Toms River.
The Tax Court nominee is Jonathan Orsen of Manalapan.
Lucas is a litigator with the Law Offices of Peter Lucas in Oakhurst, where she practices transactional work, employment law, commercial law, workers’ compensation law and criminal defense. She is a former assistant district attorney for New York County. Lucas is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and Florida International University. LeMieux is the first assistant prosecutor in Monmouth County, having been promoted to the position in 2014. He joined the office as an assistant prosecutor in 1996. He is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law and Trenton State College, now The College of New Jersey.
Weiss is with Weiss, Hartington & King English in Freehold, where he focuses his practice on immigration law. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and American University.
Eastlack is with Weir & Partners in Cherry Hill, and has been there since 2010. He focuses his practice on criminal defense, employment litigation, municipal land use, and represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases.
He is a graduate of Widener’s law school and Rutgers University.
Silvanio has been a solo in Woodbury since 2008. He practices criminal law, and handles domestic violence and municipal court cases. He is a graduate of Widener’s law school.
Hanlon-Schron is the executive assistant prosecutor in Ocean County.
Orsen is an assistant attorney general and acting director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He formerly was the deputy director of special projects for the state Division of Taxation. He is a graduate of Widener’s law school and the State University of New York-Oswego. He also holds a master’s in law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
At present, there are 24 Superior Court vacancies out of a total of 463 authorized positions, said Winnie Comfort, a spokeswoman for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.