Minority Judge’s Award Recipient

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Honorable David F. Bauman, P.J. Cv.

The award will be presented at the NJSBA Minority Judge’s Reception at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, N.J. on October 22nd at 6:00pm. Click here to register.
The first Asian-American judge for the Monmouth Vicinage, David F. Bauman took the judicial oath of office on July 11, 2008. After serving in the Family Division, Monmouth County for one year, Judge Bauman was appointed Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Monmouth County effective September 1, 2009 and has served in that capacity for the past six years.  Since 2013, Judge Bauman has also served as Monmouth County’s General Equity Disqualification Judge. Judge Bauman’s current appointments run through June 2016.  In December 2012, Judge Bauman was nominated by Governor Chris Christie for the position of Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court.  The nomination expired in January 2014 without a Senate confirmation hearing being scheduled.
As a current member of the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education, Judge Bauman has proposed and presented reenactments of civil rights trials involving Asian-Americans at the New Jersey Judicial College and the Administrative Office of the Courts.  He has been a speaker and presenter at numerous seminars to include the New Jersey Civil Case Law Update and Hot Tips for Civil Litigators sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association.
In a case that attracted national attention, Judge Bauman issued an opinion in February 2015, subsequently published, in which he determined that the language ‘under God’ in the pledge of allegiance did not violate the equal protection provision of the New Jersey Constitution.
Prior to taking the judicial oath in 2008, Judge Bauman was an equity partner at the law firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. where he worked for 17 years, from 1991 to 2008, as a litigator specializing in complex civil and criminal matters.  While at Bressler, Judge Bauman served on the Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, served on the firm’s Diversity Committee, was named a “Diversity Advocate” by Multicultural Law Magazine, authored an article published by the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine on issues confronting military reservists ordered to involuntary active duty, was named a New Jersey “Super Lawyer,” and was awarded APALA-NJ’s Achievement Award for 2008. 
From 1988 to 1991, Judge Bauman served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps as a prosecutor, defense counsel and special counsel, Naval Investigative Service, serving as lead trial lawyer on several high profile criminal matters.  He then served in the Marine Corps Reserve as a staff judge advocate, company commander, and appellate government counsel, attaining the rank of Major.  His service awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Letter of Commendation, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Certificate of Commendation, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines.
Judge Bauman is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Boston College Law School.