Powell received his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law in 1981. He was appointed a municipal court judge in 1986 and has served in 16 municipalities in the South Jersey area. In 1999, Powell was named by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Poritz as the first statutorily appointed Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts in the State and served for three years as the Presiding Municipal Court Judge for Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties.
Powell has published articles in the American Judges Association Journal and has compiled a Benchbook for Municipal Court Judges which is used throughout the State of New Jersey. He also served as President of the Gloucester County Judges Association and as past Chairman of the Annual Judicial Conference for municipal judges in the State of New Jersey. Recently, he has taught at continuing judicial education programs.
Joseph J. Hoffman, Jr., and Kenneth A. DiMuzio, Sr., senior partners of Hoffman DiMuzio, welcome J. R. Powell to the firm, recognizing the wealth of experience and knowledge he brings to the firm’s municipal court practice.