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Hon. Ellen L. Koblitz, P.J.A.D (Ret.) Elected Vice President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts New Jersey ChapterĀ 


Pashman Stein Walder Hayden is pleased to announce that the Honorable Ellen L. Koblitz, P.J.A.D. (Ret.), special counsel in the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Advocacy, and Family Law practice groups, has been elected vice president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts New Jersey Chapter (NJ-AFCC), as part of the 2022 slate of officers.

NJ-AFCC is an interdisciplinary association of mental health and legal professionals, mediators and academics dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.  The mission NJ-AFCC is to facilitate inter-professional communication and collaboration in order to reveal, understand, and educate about the dynamics of the relationships that comprise the legal process by which families are reorganized in divorce, crisis and conflict, such that these transitions become an opportunity for personal growth, closure and healing, focusing on the best possible outcomes for children.  To learn more about NJ-AFCC, click here

About Judge Koblitz

Judge Koblitz focuses her practice on mediation and arbitration of Family, Chancery and Civil matters. In addition, she advises attorneys and clients on appellate matters, including reviewing appellate briefs and conducting moot court appellate arguments. Judge Koblitz is on the consumer panel of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and is a qualified NJ Ct. R. 1:40-12 mediator.

Judge Koblitz joined Pashman Stein in 2020 after serving as a Judge in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court for 10 years, including two years as Presiding Judge. In the Appellate Division, Judge Koblitz heard appeals from decisions of the trial courts, tax court, and state administrative agencies.

Judge Koblitz began her legal career in the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender and rose to the position of deputy public defender in charge of the Hudson and then the Bergen County regional office.

First appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court in 1993, Judge Koblitz served in the Special Civil Part and Criminal Part in Bergen County. She then served as Presiding Judge of the Family Part from 1998 to 2008, when she was tapped to serve as Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division in Bergen County.

While on the bench, Judge Koblitz served on numerous New Jersey Supreme Court Committees, including serving as chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee, chair of the Conference of Family Division Presiding Judges, chair of the Children in Court Improvement Committee, and vice chair of the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee.

Judge Koblitz passes her legal knowledge on to others through service as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University School of Law and presenter of numerous continuing legal education courses, as well as by mentoring lawyers within the firm.

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