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HON. JACK M. SABATINO, J.A.D., is a Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. The Appellate Division is the intermediate appeals court of New Jersey, which reviews orders and judgments of the state trial courts in civil, criminal and family law cases and also decisions by state adminsitrative agencies.

Prior to his judicial appointment, the Judge was Associate Dean at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, where he taught courses on evidence, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, professional responsibility, prodcuts liability and the New Jersey State Constitution. His administrative duties as Associate Dean included the law school's curriculum and academic affairs, and its external relations. He also oversaw advocacy training programs and coached upper-level student moot courts.

The Judge continues to serve the Law School as an Adjunct Professor. He has taught law school courses for nearly two decades, and regularly serves as a guest faculty member for the Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School.

Judge Sabatino received his bachelor of arts degree in 1979 from Yale College, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with Distinction in the Major of Economics and Political Science. In 1982 he received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he had been a member of the Board of Student Advisers and a faculty-appointed tutor.

After his graduation from Harvard, Judge Sabatino served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. H. Curtis Meanor of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and thereafter as the first law clerk of the Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. From 1983 through 1989 Judge Sabatino practiced law at a Newark, New Jersey law firm, concentrating in both federal and state litigation. In 1989 he left private practice to become the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Civil Litigation for the Division of Law of the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. In 1993 the Judge was promoted to Director of the Division of Law, an office of over 400 civil attorneys with an annual budget of approximately $50 million. He argued several appeals before the Supreme Court of New Jersey and also regularly appeared in the federal and state trial courts. He also frequently served as a court-appointed arbitrator and mediator.

After leaving State Government in 1994, Judge Sabatino was a full-time law school instructor, first at Seton Hall Law School and for five years at Rutgers-Camden Law School. He received 'Professor of the Year' awards at both law schools and a faculty recognition award from the Rutgers Womens' Law Caucus. He has published several legal articles and was a member of the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal. He has also lectured to judges and practitioners on legal ethics, evidence, state constitutional law and other subjects for the Federal Judicial Center, the New Jersey Judicial College, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other professional audiences.

Judge Sabatino has served on numerous law-related committees, including the New Jersey Supreme Court's standing Committees on Civil Practice and on Complementary Dispute Resolution, and various other special committees on legal ethics, bridge-the-gap training, the use of electronic recording equipment in the courts and the United States District Court's Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


ADR As 'Litigation Lite': Procedural and Evidentiary Norms Embedded Within Alternative Dispute Resolution, 47 Emory Law Journal 1289 (1998)Assertion and Self-Restraint: The Exercise of Governmental Powers Distributed Under the 1947 New Jersey Constitution, 29 Rutgers L.J. 799 (1998)Privatization and Punitives: Should Government Contractors Share the Sovereign's Immunity from Exemplary Damages?, 58 Ohio State L.J. 175 (1997). Separation of Powers in New Jersey Since 1947: Accommodation But Not Abdication, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, July 1997. The Judge has also authored over two dozen published judicial opinions.