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Deborah T. Poritz
Attorney General
1994-1996

     
  Deborah T. Poritz was born in New York on October 10, 1936. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brooklyn College in 1958. She studied English and American literature at Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson fellowship in 1958 and 1959, and did graduate studies in literature at Brandeis University from 1959 to 1962.  
  Poritz received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1977 and, in December of that year, became a Deputy Attorney General. In 1981, she was named Assistant Chief of the department’s Environmental Protection Section, and the following year became Deputy Attorney General in charge of appeals.
 
  Poritz later became chief counsel to Governor Thomas H. Kean. She was sworn in as New Jersey’s first female Attorney General on January 18, 1994, the day of Governor Christie Todd Whitman’s Inauguration. Poritz personally argued for the constitutionality of Megan’s Law requirements before the State Supreme Court, which established the validity of the sex-offender legislation in 1995. In that same year, she assumed a pivotal role in insuring the passage of legislation which significantly modernized the juvenile justice system.
 
 
 
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