Monmouth County's next assignment judge to make history

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FREEHOLD, New Jersey — Monmouth County's next assignment judge will make judicial history in New Jersey.

Judge Lisa Thornton will be the first black woman to serve as an assignment judge in the state's modern court system.

Thornton will replace Assignment Judge Lawrence Lawson, who is retiring on Sept. 1. Lawson has been in the post since 1993.

Thornton tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) there have been many talented black women before her so she doesn't relish the accomplishment in particular.

The 50-year-old was nominated to the bench by Gov. Jon Corzine and confirmed in 2008.

Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,

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