Judge Let Lawyer Represent Her, Masking Conflict, Ethics Panel Says

, New Jersey Law Journal


A New Jersey family court judge faces discipline for allegedly accepting advice on her own child-support matter from a lawyer with cases before her and acquiescing in a cover-up of the conflict.

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  • NoSurprisesHere

    "face discipline" = transfer to another county; same salary and benefits.

  • oceancountydivorcelawyer

    I am angered that nothing has been filed yet against Louis or Biel! From reviewing the complaint, it appears that Mr. Louis was the one who came up with the plan, while Judge Appleby and Mr. Biel simply acquiesced. It was Mr. Louis who effectively advised the Judge (as her attorney) on: a) how to avoid a conflict with him; b) obtained the letterhead from Mr. Biel; c) asked Mr. Biel to write a letter of representation; d) drafted the letter and reviewed Judge Appleby's PSA - acts that would otherwise create an attorney-client relationship; and d) used another attorney's letter head with his work-product. I also wonder what compensation Mr. Louis received from Judge Appleby. If nothing, then was this just a favor or gift to the judiciary? I thought Judges were not supposed to accept gifts from parties that appear before them. Finally, I think this type of exposure is long overdue. For the record, I think Judge Appleby is an excellent Judge and unfortunately allowed Mr. Louis to "advise" her on how to proceed. I believe that if anyone's head should be on the chopping block, it should be Mr. Louis, the archetype of this forgery. What makes this all the more worse is how Mr. Louis leads the family law symposium every year and is buddy/buddy with many of the judges in Ocean/Monmouth County (including the presiding family judge, Judge Roe). It is shameful and embarrassing to the Family Bar that he would act in this way.

  • endalimony4ever

    This is another example of the family law judges out of control and above the law! We need wholesale reform of the family court system. The family courts regularly violate peoples constitutional rights by awarding unconscionable alimony awards, granting FRO's based on allegations alone and removing people from their children without due process or discovery. I would rather take the chance in front of a jury of my peers than be subject to the whims of a superior court judge.

  • buttonsnme

    These actions on behalf of Judge Appleby, another BAD APPLE, do not surprise me. "NJ Permanent Alimony Termination Litigation Contributed to My Husband's Death," a MOST EGREGIOUS alimony horror story. My now deceased husband, while diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme IV, was cruelly and inhumanely treated by Judge Andrea Carter, Middlesex County, and Defendant, ex-wife, a South Brunswick, NJ second grade school teacher. They attacked him like lion's prey until there was no life left in him. Please read and sign the petition. Thanks.


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