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Fitts Praises Poritz Before She Steps Down

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Penn Law paid tribute to Chief Justice Deborah Poritz L’77 as her 10-year term on the New Jersey Supreme Court winds down. Her term concludes in October.

At a retirement dinner last March in northern New Jersey, Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts praised Poritz’ judicial independence and courage for taking on tough issues such as gay rights, abortion, exclusionary zoning, school financing and same-sex marriage. He also lauded her for preserving its reputation as one of the best state supreme courts in the country. Poritz, the first woman to lead the New Jersey Supreme Court, was honored at Penn Law two years ago when her portrait was unveiled and hung in the Law School.

Co-chairs of the event this past spring were Victor Boyajian L’85, a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Pamela Craven CW’74 L’77.

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