NJ Judge Hit With Ethics Complaint for Alleged Staff Misuse, Hidden Recording

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A New Jersey judge is facing ethics charges for allegedly making a new law clerk work off-the-clock for no pay, secretly taping conversations and having her secretary perform personal tasks.

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  • The Commodore

    This is clearly a course of conduct for Gross-Quatrone. She has no business holding public employment in any capacity, let alone as a judge. NJ has a surplus of grossly incompetent and intellectually lazy judges as it is. Gross-Quatrone is not helping the reputation. NOTE for anyone that is free to disagree: I have 17 years of practice (NJ&NY) and a clerkship under my belt; my opinion is not born of any personal grudge or a legal defeat...I‘ve just seen the NJ judicial malaise and mediocrity over and over and over, often to my benefit.

  • The Commodore

    This is clearly a course of conduct for Gross-Quatrone. She has no business holding public employment in any capacity, let alone as a judge. NJ has a surplus of grossly incompetent and intellectually lazy judges as it is. Gross-Quatrone is not helping the reputation. NOTE for anyone that is free to disagree: I have 17 years of practice (NJ&NY) and a clerkship under my belt; my opinion is not born of any personal grudge or a legal defeat...I‘ve just seen the NJ judicial malaise and mediocrity over and over and over, often to my benefit.

  • David Perry Davis, Esq

    Wait - on the other hand... if clerkships started Aug 24 (instead of 31), maybe there ARE training days built in where the old clerk can really work with the new one? Or...can the old clerk (while collecting unemployment and looking for a new job) stay a few days after September 1? Any way it‘s done, there most definitely should be a few days of overlap.

  • David Perry Davis, Esq

    I wonder if it‘s all political or legit. 20 years ago, I clerked in Family. The old clerk would always let the new one come in and learn on the job - it‘s utterly absurd to think that the Law Clerk Boot Camp they now run can prepare someone the same way that sitting down with the old clerk does. Why would the AOC possibly issue a memo "specifically prohibit in-chamber training days," even if the clerk agreed? If the judge told the incoming clerk she/he HAD TO come in, I agree that would be inappropriate, but to prohibit it... end result is just a steeper learning curve, resulting in litigants not getting the best decisions possible.

  • Patty29

    Her private practice office was a mess too. She prepared draft Wills for some family members and mailed them to be reviewed.... except they were printed on used paper --the reverse sides of which contained another client‘s divorce/property settlement agreement!! ..nothing like divulging personal info!

  • Another Victim Abused

    This is no surprise here. There are so many questions that should be asked, so many violations. And they will continue to close their eyes. And let the judges, lawyers miss use the law. New Jersey - Bergen the worst!

  • dadzrites1

    What a bunch of garbage. They go after a judge for having her staff do personal work, but when it comes to disciplining and removing judges like Morris County Family Court Judge Philip Maenza for violating the constitutional rights of not one, not two, but over a dozen litigants, the Senate Judiciary Committee puts him back on the bench for another 7-year term to violate rights. And, he‘s back to violating rights, as several litigants have complained about his draconian orders not based on reality. Those are REAL violations of the JCC Canons 1, 2 and 3. Instead of worrying about whether a judge is taping a discipline hearing, the AOC should be removing judges for constitutional rights violations.

  • NJ Mike

    A real class act. Makes sense seeing as Christie appointed her!

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