Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey

Thu, 10/01/2015
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at

Supreme Court Justice Barry T. Albin, author of the opinion in Lewis v. Harris, which recognized the rights of same sex couples in New Jersey, will examine the role of the state courts in advancing gay rights in particular, and protecting constitutionally protected rights and liberties in general.  In this off-the-record session, Justice Albin will explore the issues and political and social forces involved in deciding cases likely to achieve landmark status.  The initial case  Lewis v. Harris, 188 N.J. 415 (2005\6); was followed by Garden State Equality v. Dow, 216 N.J. 314 (2013).  

Justice Barry T. Albin was nominated by Governor James E. McGreevey on July 10, 2002 to serve on the Supreme Court. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 12, 2002 and was sworn in as an Associate Justice by Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz at a private ceremony on September 18, 2002. On October 3, 2002, he reaffirmed the oath of office in a public ceremony at the Trenton War Memorial. Justice Albin was confirmed by the Senate for a second term and tenure on June 22, 2009.  At the time of his nomination, Justice Albin was a partner in the Woodbridge law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer.   Justice Albin was born on July 7, 1952, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1973. After graduating from Cornell Law School in 1976, he began his career as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Section of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Justice Albin then served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Passaic and Middlesex counties from 1978 to 1982. He began his association with the Wilentz firm in 1982, and was named a partner in 1986.  Justice Albin is a past President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1999-2000) and served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee from 1987 to 1992. He was selected by his peers to be included in the publication “Best Lawyers in America” (2000-2001). He and his wife, Inna, have two sons, Gerald and Daniel.