fabiana pierre-louis

By Sam Bojarski

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, will soon take her seat as the first Black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

The Democrat-led state Senate voted 39-0 to confirm Pierre-Louis, after the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved her nomination on Aug. 24. Pierre-Louis, 39, will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Walter Timpone and could serve for as long as 30 years on the seven-member body. 

Fabiana Pierre-Louis speaks at an event hosted by Rutgers University. Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Governor’s Office.

Judicial nominees typically refrain from comment until after they are sworn in, but in a June interview with The Haitian Times, Pierre-Louis spoke about her nomination to the court. 


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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...