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Law School Hosts Ceremonial Swearing In of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

December 21, 2009 – 

Before more than 550 people seated in the Herbert Ellend Atrium and standing along the staircase railings on the first and second floors, Paul J. Fishman, the new United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, took the oath of office on December 14 from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. delivered the welcoming remarks and introduced each of the speakers – U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, New Jersey Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick.

 
Fishman at podium 
Hon. Paul Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, addresses the audience of more than 550 members of the state’s legal and political communities following his ceremonial swearing in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. (seated at far right on stage). Also on the stage are (from left): U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Dean John Farmer, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jamie Gorelick. 
 
Fishman swearing in 
 

In addition to the imposing group of speakers, the event attracted New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Gov. Jon Corzine, Governor-elect Chris Christie and Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Guadagno, former Governor Brendan Byrne, and numerous federal and state judges, current and former prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and personal friends of Fishman, of whom Michael Chertoff said: “There are very few people in the country who match his combination of integrity, judgment and skill, both skill as a legal intellectual and skill with people.” 

Among the news organization that covered the swearing-in ceremony were the New York Times, Associated Press, Star-Ledger, Record, NJN, WBGO, WNBC-TV, WMBC-TV, and 101.5 FM.