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Bauman, Hanna nominated for N.J.'s top court: Are they Supremely qualified?

seal_opt.pngGovernor Chris Christie announced his selection of Robert Hanna, President of the Board of Public Utilities, and Judge David Bauman of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County for nomination to the positions of Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

If confirmed, Judge Bauman will be the first Asian-American to serve on New Jersey’s highest Court.

"I thank each of these very accomplished, capable individuals for their willingness to serve on the Supreme Court. Not only would Bob and David make outstanding justices, but their nominations also expand the diversity of background, strong experience and qualifications of the Court membership - a point made most clear by each man's previous, unanimous endorsement by the New Jersey Senate," said Governor Christie. "Bob and David already have extensive records of public service and accomplishment, and New Jersey is fortunate to have such remarkable individuals continue their service on our state’s highest court."

The Senate has found Mr. Hanna and Judge Bauman both to be unquestionably qualified for serving in the highest positions of government. For each of their current positions, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate voted to approve each individual unanimously, with individual members giving praise to their qualifications.

DAVID BAUMAN

     David Bauman has served as a Judge on the New Jersey Superior Court since July of 2008.

     In September 2009, Judge Bauman was named Presiding Judge of the Civil Division in Monmouth County.

     Judge Bauman is the first Asian American to be appointed to the Superior Court in Monmouth Vicinage.

     Judge Bauman was nominated to the Superior Court by Democratic Governor Jon Corzine on May 5, 2008.

     Bauman was unanimously approved by the Judiciary Committee, and unanimously confirmed by the full Senate.

     Bauman has 17 years of private-sector legal experience with the firm Bressler, Amery & Ross.

     Bauman specialized in complex civil and commercial litigation as well as criminal law.

He has appeared before the U.S District Court of New Jersey, New York and New Jersey State Courts and various administrative agencies.

       Bauman was a Partner at Bressler, Amery & Ross for ten years – 1998 to 2008 – and an Associate for seven years.

      In May of 2005, he was named a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics.

      In 2007, he authored an article titled “To Report, or Not Report: Advice to the Reluctant Ready Reservist Called to Involuntary Active Duty” which was published in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine.

       He has been an active member of a variety of legal and professional organizations:

New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee; Asian-Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project; Member of the NJ State Bar Association’s Franchise Law Committee and Special Committee on Military Law and Veterans Affairs

      Bauman served 4 years on Active Duty with the United States Marine Corps, and an additional 12 years as a Reservist.

      On Active Duty, Bauman served as Defense Counsel, Prosecutor and Special Counsel with the Naval Investigative Service, trying over 30 jury and bench trials at special and general courts martial.

       As a Reservist, he served in a variety of capacities: 1992-1994: Staff Judge Advocate, Sixth Motor Transport Battalion; 1994-1996: Company Commander of the Headquarters Company, Sixth Motor Transport Battalion; 1997-1999: Appellate Government Counsel, Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Government Review Activity

       Bauman attained the rank of Major before being honorably discharged in 2004, and was awarded various commendations for his service including the Naval Commendation Medal.

      Bauman conducted seminars in search and seizure law and criminal investigation procedures for agents and military police, and served as an adjunct instructor of American History at Coastal Carolina Community College.

      Bauman received his law degree from Boston College in 1986.

      Bauman graduated Magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1981, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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ROBERT HANNA

        Robert Hanna has served as the President of the Board of Public Utilities since December 2011.

       Among many of its duties, the Board of Public Utilities is a quasi-judicial body which functions similar to a court or judge. As President, Hanna adjudicates petitions filed by regulated entities, ratepayers or interested parties.

      Hanna also participates in the negotiations toward the development of new legislation, as well as develops the rules and regulations necessary to implement legislative directives.

     During Superstorm Sandy, Hanna oversaw the response of the state’s utilities companies as 27,000 electric workers – including over 17,000 from out of state - were deployed across the state to restore power to New Jersey households and businesses affected by the storm: Through this unprecedented effort, electricity had been restored to nearly 3 million customers throughout the state within just one week of the hurricane.

      Hanna was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and unanimously confirmed by the full Senate.

     Hanna served for two years as Director of the Division of Law and Assistant Attorney General within the Department of Law and Public Safety.

      Hanna directed over 500 attorneys within the Division of Law which provides legal counsel and representation in state and federal court on behalf of the State of New Jersey, State officers and employees, departments and other entities.

      Hanna’s office represented the state in a variety of enforcement actions and civil litigation.

     Hanna served sixteen years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey including four years as the Chief of the Securities and Health Fraud Unit.  Securities fraud cases included Sarbanes-Oxley violations, earnings management schemes, accounting fraud, pump and dump stock manipulation and insider trading; Health care matters included Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance fraud, health care kickbacks, pharmaceutical marketing, cost reporting and medical devices.

      During his first seven years in the office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Hanna handled a wide array of affirmative and defensive civil matters, including appeals.

     Hanna also has 10 years of private-sector legal experience with the firms Gibbons P.C. and Cahill, Gordon & Reindel.

      At Gibbons P.C., Hanna was a Director in the Criminal Defense Practice Group, where he handled a wide variety of white-collar criminal matters, corporate internal investigations and compliance counseling.   At Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, Hanna was involved in a broad range of commercial litigation, securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits.

     Hanna received his law degree from Fordham University in 1984, where he made the Dean’s List all three years and was a member of the Fordham Law Review staff.

     Hanna graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College in 1980.

 
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