State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced Wednesday that state Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson will head the court's Mercer Vicinage beginning March 1. Jacobson will succeed Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg, who is retiring after 20 years on the bench and 15 years as assignment judge.
"Judge Jacobson has the experience and legal ability, along with a proven record of leadership, to enable her to oversee the Mercer Vicinage," Rabner said. "In addition to serving as presiding judge in two different divisions and chair of the Conference of General Equity Presiding Judges, she has played a critical role in the judiciary's review of practices by mortgage lenders and servicers as well as the statewide foreclosure mediation program. As assignment judge, she will continue to ensure that the court system provides the highest quality of service and justice to all of our residents.
"As we welcome Judge Jacobson to a new position, we thank Judge Feinberg for her wisdom and dedication in leading the Mercer Vicinage for the past 15 years, and we wish her all the best in her retirement," Rabner added.
New Jersey’s court system is divided into 15 vicinages, each headed by an assignment judge who is the chief judicial officer and is responsible for the administration of all court units within the vicinage. As assignment judge of the Mercer Vicinage, Jacobson will oversee approximately 350 staff members, as well as 16 judges and 13 municipal courts.
Jacobson was appointed to the bench in 2001 by then-Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. She sat on the civil bench in Essex Vicinage before moving to the general equity division. Six months later, she moved to the Mercer Vicinage, hearing civil and then family cases. She served as presiding judge of the family division from 2009 to 2010, when she was named presiding judge of general equity in the Mercer Vicinage.
A graduate of Smith College, Jacobson earned her law degree at New York University School of Law. She was a law clerk to the late Judge Samuel Larner of the Appellate Division before beginning her career at the state Division of Law. After 10 years in the environmental protection section, she was named appellate supervisor, and later assistant attorney general.
"While it is a humbling thought to follow in the footsteps of the Mercer Vicinage's legendary assignment judge, Linda Feinberg, I look forward to working with the great staff here in Mercer County to maintain the tradition for excellence established by Judge Feinberg,” Jacobson said.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM