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Law School Mourns Loss of Judge Sylvia Pressler ’59

February 16, 2010 – 

Retired Superior Court Judge Sylvia Pressler ’59, the first woman to serve as Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division and only the second woman appointed to the division, died on February 15 at the age of 75.

“Rutgers School of Law–Newark mourns the loss of Sylvia Pressler, a pioneering jurist, outstanding legal scholar, and one of its most distinguished graduates,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. The author of the annual compendium of New Jersey court rules, Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey, “Judge Pressler literally wrote the book on New Jersey practice for three generations of lawyers,” he added. At the time of her death she chaired the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee.

Judge Pressler was a prolific author of significant legal opinions. Her many accomplishments were cited in New York Times, New Jersey Law Journal, Associated Press and Record obituaries in which members of the legal community described her as “the quintessential judge” and “a brilliant legal mind.” Judge Pressler spoke of her career and of her devotion to the law school for an article published in the 2003 alumni magazine, The Rutgers Tradition.