Rutgers Law Alumni Association to Honor Judge Sybil Moses, Retired Judge Barbara Byrd Wecker, and Jeffrey Fogel
October 31, 2006 –The Alumni Association of Rutgers School of Law–Newark will recognize the accomplishments of the Honorable Sybil R. Moses, Assignment Judge, Superior Court, Bergen County; the Honorable Barbara Byrd Wecker, recently retired from the Appellate Division; and Jeffrey E. Fogel, Senior Staff Attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, at its Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner, to be held on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at the Hilton at Short Hills. Judge Moses and Judge Wecker, both members of the Class of 1974, will receive Distinguished Alumna Awards and Jeffrey Fogel, Class of 1969, will receive the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service.
Judge Moses, Bergen County Superior Court Assignment Judge since 1997, was the first woman in New Jersey named to that post. Before her selection as Assignment Judge, she had served in all of the divisions of the Superior Court. She was Bergen County’s first woman Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division and the first woman Chancellor. Since 2003 Judge Moses has chaired the statewide Judicial Budget and Planning Committee and since 1997 has been a member of the statewide Judicial Council. Judge Moses began her legal career as an assistant prosecutor in Bergen County, serving on the grand jury and trial sections. She was an Administrative Law judge from 1979-87 and a senior Administrative Law judge from 1986-87.
Judge Wecker served on the Superior Court for 10½ years as a trial judge in Union County and for the last 10 years on the Appellate Division. She has written more than 1,000 opinions for the court and published more than 100. Judge Wecker entered law school after the births of her three children. Following graduation she was an associate with Lowenstein, Sandler, Brochin, Kohl & Fisher (now Lowenstein Sandler) before opening her own practice in Westfield in 1978, where she represented clients in civil litigation matters. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Wecker served on the District XII Ethics Committee and as a member of the Board of Bar Examiners.
Jeff Fogel began his legal career in the summer of 1967 as a law clerk for the ACLU of New Jersey. Upon graduation he was named a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow to work at Newark Legal Services Project. As litigation director of Prisoners’ Rights for Organized Defense, he won the first decision granting procedural due process rights to prisoners. After serving as New Jersey counsel for the Suburban Action Institute, Fogel joined the Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic. He later worked for the National Lawyers Guild Puerto Rico Project, as executive and legal director of the ACLU of New Jersey, as litigation director of the Health and Hospital Workers’ Union legal plan, as a solo practitioner, and as legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.