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PR # 235 April 28, 2008


New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Helen E. Hoens will deliver the commencement address at Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) 39th annual spring commencement, to be held Wednesday, May 14, at 6 p.m., in the Edward Nash Theatre at the College?s North Branch Campus. More than 380 students are expected to be awarded associate degrees or certificates at the ceremony.

Dr. Jennifer Redmond of Raritan, a chiropractor with a practice in Bridgewater, will be given the College?s first Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Redmond graduated from RVCC in 2000. Since that time she has been active in various charitable efforts, including Habitat for Humanity and AIDS in Africa.

Helen E. Hoens was nominated to the Supreme Court by Governor Jon S. Corzine on September 21, 2006. She was confirmed by the Senate on October 23 and sworn into office on October 26, 2006.

Born in Elizabeth, Justice Hoens attended public schools in South Orange-Maplewood. She holds a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary, graduating with high honors, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, she served on the Georgetown Law Journal, first as a member of the staff and then as the editor of the journal?s annual volume devoted to developments in criminal procedure in the federal circuit courts. After graduation, she served as a law clerk to Judge John J. Gibbons during his service on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and then embarked on a career in private practice.

After her clerkship, Justice Hoens worked in private practice, first at Dewey, Ballantine and with the Law Office of Russel H. Beatie, Jr. in New York. She moved to New Jersey to practice with Pitney, Hardin and later with Lum, Hoens, Conant Danzis & Kleinberg, where her father, Charles H. Hoens Jr., was a founding partner.

Justice Hoens was appointed to the Superior Court in 1994 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and reappointed by Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco in 2001. She was elevated to the Appellate Division in August 2002 by Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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