Marie L. Garibaldi (b. 1934)
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Marie L. Garibaldi was sworn in as the first woman on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean in 1982. A former Weehawken municipal judge and partner in a prominent New Jersey law firm, Garibaldi wrote the majority opinion in several cases affecting women. She was also the first female president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Garibaldi retired from the Supreme Court in February of 2000 after more than seventeen years in the position.
Throughout her long career, Garibaldi authored over 225 opinions that covered a number of areas of the law and served as the chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution. She also served at various points in her life as the director of the State Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and finally the Washington Savings Bank.