Judge Ernest Capasala and the other Passaic County Superior Judges recently welcomed the first female African-American judge in Passaic County history, LaToyia Jenkins Stewart. Jenkins was born in Paterson and was a product of the Paterson Catholic High School. In 1997, she graduated from Morgan University with her Bachelor’s Degree. Three years later she received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University.
In 2000, Jenkins served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Isabel Stark, J.S.C. (Deceased) in the Civil Division of the Bergen County Superior Court. She returned to Paterson and began her career as an associate with law firm of Sciro & Marrotta. In 2002, Jenkins began her career with the Passaic County Prosecutor Office where she spent time in the many sections including, the Juvenile , Pre-Indictment, Grand Jury, Trial and Domestic Violence. She tried many cases that lead to defendants being convicted.
She was also an adjunct professor in the Judicial Studies department at Montclair State University from 2009-2015.Related Articles: