Justice Long To Receive the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey’s Roger N. Baldwin AwardMarch 25, 2014 – Press Releases
Virginia Long, former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice and counsel in the Princeton office of Fox Rothschild LLP, will be receiving the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey’s highest honor, the Roger N. Baldwin Award, on March 25 at the Lights of Liberty Awards Dinner.
This prestigious award was established in 1989 in honor of the ACLUs principal organizer. The medal is presented biannually to recognize either a distinguished lifetime of contributions or an exceptional particular contribution to civil liberties in the United States. Perhaps second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Medal of Liberty is one of the highest honors in the country for people dedicated to defending the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Justice Long will be honored for her outstanding work strengthening and protecting civil rights and civil liberties in New Jersey.
After serving as a trial and appellate court judge for 23 years and on the New Jersey Supreme Court for 12 years, Justice Long retired at the mandatory retirement age of 70 in March 2012. She now devotes her efforts to assisting Fox clients with ethics and appellate matters, corporate governance and governmental integrity investigations and to serving as a mediator in alternative dispute resolution matters.
Justice Long also devotes much of her time to public service issues. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct; the New Jersey Law Revision Commission and serves on the Board of Legal Services of New Jersey and Centurion Ministries, a Princeton-based organization dedicated to finding justice for wrongly imprisoned and factually innocent individuals.
Justice Long was nominated to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1999 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. She was confirmed by the state Senate for a second term and granted tenure in 2006. While she authored opinions on many important issues during her tenure, she is noted for her view on the death penalty, which she believes is impossible to apply rationally and consistently. She has been credited, with others, with informing the decision of the New Jersey Legislature to abolish the death penalty entirely in 2007, substituting life imprisonment without the possibility of parole as the applicable punishment.
A member of the New Jersey bar for more than 40 years, Justice Long has had a varied legal career. In addition to her role as NJ Supreme Court Justice, she previously served as Deputy Attorney General for the state of New Jersey, as Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and as Commissioner of the former New Jersey Department of Banking.
Justice Long received her B.A. from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in 1963 and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 1966.