Considered the nation's most important civil rights legislation since Reconstruction (1865-1877), it prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Following that law, US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark civil rights bills including the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

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(President Johnson reaches to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after presenting the civil rights leader with one of the 72 pens used to sign the Civil Rights Act. (AP Photo)


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Governor Phil Murphy Nominates Rachel Wainer Apter To NJ Supreme Court

NEW JERSEY - Gov. Phil Murphy has selected a nominee to serve New Jersey's highest court, slated to fill the seat Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia will leave behind later this year.

Last week, Lavecchia, 66, announced her plans to retire from her position by August 31. During a press conference Monday, Murphy announced the associate justice nominee as Rachel Wainer Apter, the current director of the Division of Civil Rights in the New Jersey Attorney General's office. The division is the agency responsible for enforcing the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the nation's oldest anti-discrimination law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability and other protected characteristics.
Wainer Apter is an Englewood resident and a native of Rockaway Township. She is a Morris Hills High School and University of Pennsylvania graduate with a J.D. from Harvard Law. The nominee once clerked for the former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The nomination announcement was made at Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall at Rutgers University–Newark, on what would've been the former U.S. Supreme Court Justice's 88th birthday. Read more

Rachel Wainer Apter, who was nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy to be an associate justice of the state Supreme Court, speaks in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall, at Rutgers University-Newark, Monday, March 15, 2021. - Photo credit AP


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