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About the co-chairs 

The Hon. Dorothea O’C. Wefing served nearly three decades as a jurist in New Jersey. She began her judicial career in 1984 when she was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Tom Kean. She served as a trial judge for a decade and was elevated to the Appellate Division in 1993, eventually serving as presiding judge for administration. In June 2011, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner temporarily appointed her to the Supreme Court where she sat until she retired in Oct. 2012. She is currently of counsel to Castano Quigley in Fairfield.  

The Hon. Maurice Gallipoli joined the bench after over 20 years in private practice. Then-Gov. Kean appointed him to the bench in 1987. He served in the Civil Division and eventually became presiding judge of the division. He became the Hudson County Assignment Judge in 2004, and served in that capacity until his retirement last year. He is now of counsel to Porzio, Bromberg & Newman.

The additional task force members are:  

Mary M. Ace, LCSW, a social worker and former trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. 

Raymond M. Brown, Esq., a partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis in Woodbridge, who is the host of “Due Process” and has appeared in courts around the world. 

Judge Philip Carchman (ret.), a former Appellate Division Judge, who served as Acting Administrative Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. He is an ex-officio member.

Justice James H. Coleman Jr. (ret.), who served nine of his nearly 40 years on the bench as a Supreme Court Justice, and is now of-counsel to Porzio, Bromberg & Newman. 

Barry H. Evenchick, Esq., a prominent litigator who has worked widely in government service.

Prof. Edward A. Hartnett, Esq., the Richard J. Hughes Professor at Seton Hall Law School.

Solangel Maldonado, a Seton Hall Law School professor whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of race and family law.

Carole B. Moore, M.Ed., a teacher and administrator at the Chapin School with extensive community service experience that includes work with Home Front and Loaves and Fishes.

Carlos G. Ortiz, Esq., Goya Foods' vice president and general counsel.

Carl D. Poplar, Esq., one of New Jersey’s leading criminal defense attorneys with 40 years of trial experience. 

Judge Barbara Byrd Wecker (ret.), a judge for more than 20 years, including a decade on the Appellate Division, who is now with Greenberg, Dauber, Epstein & Tucker. 

Prof. Robert F. Williams, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden distinguished professor who is associate director of its Center for State Constitutional Studies.