Adjunct Professor of Law
Mitchel E. Ostrer is a judge on the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, the State’s intermediate appellate court. Appointed to the Superior Court in 2003, he served as a trial judge in the Civil, Family and Criminal Parts. In 2011, the State’s Chief Justice elevated him to the Appellate Division, where he now serves as a presiding judge. Judge Ostrer has decided close to 2000 appeals, and has written hundreds of appellate and trial court opinions, including over eighty reported opinions. He is vice-chair of the Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and previously served on the Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice.
Before joining the bench, he held positions in the public and private sectors. He was Policy Counselor to Governor James E. McGreevey. Between 1992 and 2001, he concentrated in commercial litigation as of counsel to what is now known as Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark, New Jersey. He was Legislative Director and held other staff positions for United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg in Washington, D.C. between 1982 and 1991. Before that, he served as an assistant counsel to Governor Brendan T. Byrne. He began his legal career as a law clerk to New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Sidney M. Schreiber.
Judge Ostrer received a B.A., with honors in philosophy, from Hamilton College; an M.P.A. from Princeton University; and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.