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Interview with Alan Handler

Alan Handler resigned in 1976 as a New Jersey Superior Court judge, after serving since his 1968 appointment by Governor Richard Hughes, to accept the position of Counsel to Governor Byrne . In March 1977, he was nominated by the governor as an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, where he chaired the Supreme Court’s Committee on Judicial Performance. Justice Handler retired from the Court in 1999, and is currently of counsel to the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer based in Woodbridge. Prior to his nomination to the Superior Court bench, Justice Handler served as a New Jersey deputy attorney general from 1961 to 1964 and as first assistant attorney general from 1964 to 1968. He attended Newark Academy and Princeton University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated magna cum laude in 1953 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1956 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar the same year.


Interview on April 4, 2006Transcript available here (pdf)