Menendez Introduces US Court Nominee for NJ District at Senate Hearing


(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced Judge Madeline Cox Arleo, nominated to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, before the Senate Judiciary committee. Once approved by the Judiciary Committee, the nomination of Judge Arleo will proceed to the Senate Floor for a vote.

Below is the transcript of the remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee – it is my pleasure and honor to come before the Committee today to introduce Madeline Cox Arleo, nominated to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

“She is a New Jerseyan who, in her life and career, has embodied the qualities of respect for justice and the rule of law we look for in all of our judicial nominees.

“In nominating Madeline, the President recognized her “unwavering commitment to justice and integrity, and impressive record of public service.” The American Bar Association rated her “Unanimously Well Qualified” for the nomination and I agree as does everyone who knows her.

“I applaud President Obama’s nomination of Judge Arleo for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She is sharp, experienced, and committed to justice – all of which are essential qualities of any great judge.

 “She has demonstrated an impressive ability to manage complex legal cases throughout the course of her career and is clearly the best choice to serve New Jersey as District Court Judge.

 “I look forward to her swift confirmation before the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate and will work with members of the Committee to be sure we can expedite the process which too often is mired in

 “Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Arleo was a partner at Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry, where her practice focused on civil litigation in state and federal courts. She worked at the law firms of Barry & McMoran from and Clapp & Eisenberg.

“Judge Arleo began her legal career as a law clerk to Justice Marie L. Garibaldi of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1989 to 1990.

 “She received her J.D. summa cum laude from Seton Hall, her M.A. from Rutgers University in 1986, and her B.A. from Rutgers College in 1985.

 “But, as distinguished a resume as that may be, it does not paint the full portrait of Madeline as a judge, as a respected and contributing member of the New Jersey community, or as a public servant.

 “For the last year she has run the ReNew Program in our state to help ex-offenders who graduate from a program that requires them to attend 52 court sessions to become eligible to have their supervised release reduced by a year.

“Judge Arleo oversees the program that involves intensive monitoring and the cooperation of attorney and probation officers who select ex-offenders still under court supervision.

“The fact is, the program works. It reduces recidivism and helps qualified ex-inmates to reintegrate into society and build a crime-free life.

“Clearly, Mr. Chairman, this is not someone who is just handing down decisions from the bench. She is involved the judicial process from beginning to end – at every level – and, in my view, has what we like to call: a good judicial temperament.

“Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee, I have quoted the inscription over the 10th Street entrance to the U.S. Department of Justice – just a few blocks from here – many times, but we cannot quote it too often when we are looking to perform one of our most vital duties: selecting those best qualified judicial appointees. That inscription reads: “Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of men.”

“Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee – I can tell you, having met Madeline Arleo, knowing her work in New Jersey, carefully reviewing her record as I have, the qualities of justice do, indeed, reside in the heart and soul of this outstanding lawyer, proud New Jerseyan, and “Unaminously Well Qualified” member of the judiciary.

“She was born and grew up in Jersey City, spent 14 years as a federal magistrate judge in New Jersey after a decade in state and federal litigation. She is accomplished and successful; but has also given much back.

“Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee – when we look to our courts to dispense justice fairly, honorably, equally under law – we look to those among us who have worked hard not only for themselves but for the betterment of the community as a whole.

“We look to those who have achieved much, but whose humility allows them to take the long view, to see the whole board and act accordingly.

“Madeline Cox Arleo is the kind of judge we look to – the kind of person we look to – when we think of the notion of equal dispensation of justice under law.

“It is my pleasure to introduce her to the Committee.

“I know I join with all of you in wishing her good luck and Godspeed on this next journey in life. I hope you will vote this excellent nominee out of Committee and that we can expeditiously confirm her nomination on the Senate Floor.

 “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to introduce Judge Arleo the Committee and to recommend favorable action and a speedy confirmation process.”