Source: New Jersey Federal Practice Alert
One new district judge, Julien Xavier Neals, was recently confirmed by the United States Senate, and four new magistrate judges were recently appointed to the New Jersey federal bench: Magistrate Judges Jessica S. Allen; André M. Espinosa; Sharon A. King; and Matthew J. Skahill. A brief background of these jurists is set forth below:
Judge Neals is formerly the County Counsel for Bergen County. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Newark, as Chief Judge of the Newark Municipal Court (2006-2008), Corporation Counsel (2008-2010), and as Business Administrator (2010-2014). He was also an associate, and later a partner, at Chasan, Leyner & Lamparello, P.C., where he practiced general litigation in state and federal courts.
Judge Neals was a law clerk to Judge Seymour Margulies, Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, from 1991 to 1992. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and received his J.D. in 1991 from Emory University School of Law.
From 2003 to 2006, Judge Espinosa clerked for Chief United States District Judge Freda L. Wolfson; Justice Roberto A. Rivera-Soto, Supreme Court of New Jersey; and Judge Anthony J. Parrillo, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
Judge Espinosa earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law; a Master of Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas.
Judge King was a member of the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee for the District of New Jersey. She served as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Federal Practice and Procedures Section from 2017 to 2018. She is the recipient of the 2019 Camden County Bar Association’s Judge John F. Gerry Award for her contributions to the administration of justice in New Jersey, and was awarded the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Champion of Social Justice and Equality Award presented by Rutgers Law School’s Black Law Students Association in 2018. She also received the 2014 Gloucester County NAACP’s Game Changer Award for her civil rights work.
Judge King received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden in 1993, and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University.
Judge Skahill received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2004, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 2001.
Judicial preferences for all District of New Jersey judges can be found here: https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/judicial-preferences