IJA International Judicial Academy

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Hon. James R. Zazzali


Of Counsel (Business & Commercial Litigation), Gibbons, P.C., Newark, NJ, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (ret.)

Justice Zazzali is currently Of Counsel (Business & Commercial Litigation) at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to joining Gibbons, he served as an associate justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court from June, 2000 until October, 2006 and as Chief Justice from October, 2006 until his retirement in June, 2007. Prior to his service on the bench, Justice Zazzali served as: New Jersey Attorney General (1981-1982); General Counsel to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (1974-1982); and Chairman of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (1989-1993). Justice Zazzali received his B.S. from Georgetown College in 1958 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law Center in 1962. He is admitted to the New Jersey, New York and District of Columbia bars. He served his clerkship with the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple. From 1965-1968 he worked in the Office of the Essex County Prosecutor, serving as Chief of the Appeals Division from 1967-1968. Justice Zazzali is a former Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he taught mediation and arbitration from 1984-2000. He was appointed by the U.S. District Court as Special Master responsible for investigating, reporting on and assisting in the reform of the jails in Essex, Monmouth and Bergen Counties from 1982-1992. At the request of the U.S. State Department he served as a member of the United States delegates at various United Nations Conferences in Geneva (2000) and Paris (1999). In addition, Justice Zazzali is a former Associate Editor of the New Jersey Law Journal, and a contributor to various magazines, newspapers and law journals. He received The Dean Paul Award from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000 and The John Carroll Award from Georgetown University in 2004.

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