Widener Law alumnus becomes state supreme court justice
Public Relations - Published: June 19, 2014

The Honorable Lee Solomon

The Widener Law community expressed pride Thursday at the news one of its own has reached the highest ranks of a state judiciary.

The New Jersey Senate confirmed Lee Solomon of Haddonfield, N.J. to a seat on the state’s Supreme Court. Solomon, a 1978 graduate of the Widener Law Delaware campus and member of the school Board of Overseers, was approved in a 34-2 vote. Solomon has most recently served as the Camden County, N.J. assignment judge.

He is the first Widener Law alumnus to reach the New Jersey Supreme Court bench. The position, which comes after appointment by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is for a seven-year term.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected by Gov. Christie, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve on the Supreme Court of New Jersey,” Solomon said. “For a lawyer, there is no higher calling than to help shape our system of justice. I am looking forward to participating in the work of this great institution and grateful to all those whose support has given me this opportunity.”

Solomon’s ’78 classmate Eugene D. McGurk, chairman of the law school Board of Overseers and secretary of the Widener University Board of Trustees, said the people of New Jersey will be well served by the appointment.

“He has done our Widener family proud,” McGurk said. “He stands apart, having obtained success in the trilogy of profession, public service and personal achievement.”

Solomon has previously served as a Superior Court judge and as president of the Board of Public Utilities. Then-Gov. Jim Florio appointed him to fill a vacancy in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1991. He served until 1995, then moved on to work as Camden County prosecutor. In 2002, Christie – then serving as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey – appointed Solomon first deputy attorney for southern New Jersey. He began serving as a Camden County Superior Court judge in 2005. He spent five years on the bench, then moved to the Board of Public Utilities, and finally returned to the Camden County Superior Court bench in 2011.

Solomon attended Widener Law when it was known as Delaware Law School of Widener College. He was external articles editor and a member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. He was the school alumnus of the year in 1996 and is a current member of the Board of Overseers. Solomon and his wife generously established the Lee and Dianne Solomon Scholarship Fund in 2011, to benefit a student active in the pro bono programming of the Widener’s Public Interest Resource Center.

“It is difficult to put into words the respect and admiration we all have for Lee as he reaches this pinnacle in his career. Both personally and professionally, it is such an honor and thrill to see one of our own attain this level of success and recognition. He has made all of us at Widener so proud, and we feel very lucky to have him as a fellow alumnus,” said Renae Axelrod ‘91, president of the law school Alumni Association.

Delaware campus Interim Co-Dean Erin Daly said Solomon will serve as an inspiration to students and alumni, as he demonstrates where a Widener Law education and strong work ethic can take a dedicated professional.

“We are proud of Judge Solomon’s accomplishment and we celebrate with him today. This is a tremendous moment in his life and career, and we are honored by the role Widener Law played in helping prepare him for the legal profession,” Daly said. “He is a role model for our students.”