Ray retired as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge after having served on the bench for 16 years. During his tenure, he presided over many high-profile and complex cases for both criminal and civil matters including medical malpractice claims, employment matters and also homicide and sexual violent predator cases.
In addition to conducting trials, Ray also served as an Election Day judge, oversaw Megan’s Law sex offender internet registries, performed civil commitments and issued gun permits.
Since 2011, Ray has served as Chairman of the Robert L. Clifford Inn of Court, which is one of the largest American Inns of Court. He has often lectured on criminal and civil trial preparation and procedure, expert testimony and medical malpractice, and has served as moderator for numerous programs presented by various continuing legal education organizations. He also trained and has given lectures to newly assigned Superior Court judges on presiding over gang trials, jury selection, courthouse security and other related matters.
Before becoming a judge, Ray served as attorney for the Passaic County Police Academy and the Totowa Board of Education. Earlier in his career, Ray was a criminal defense attorney and tried more than 100 cases in State Courts and Federal District Courts. He has also tried numerous civil cases to verdict.
Ray earned a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Montclair State University.
He was awarded a Silver Card and a Gold Card from the Police Benevolent Association, Honorary Membership into the New Jersey Honor Legion and was inducted in the Eastside High School Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards and accolades from various police departments, sheriff departments and other law enforcement agencies.
Ray has more than 40 years of experience as a judge and litigator on a wide variety of criminal and civil matters ranging from gang violence and sexual predator cases to complex medical malpractice claims. He spent 16 years on the bench as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, and earlier in his career he tried more than 100 cases in State Courts and Federal District Courts. He has also served as attorney for the Passaic County Police Academy and the Totowa Board of Education.
•Silver Card, Police Benevolent Association
•Gold Card, Police Benevolent Association
•New Jersey Honor Legion (Honorary Membership)
•Eastside High School Hall of Fame
•Ray often lectured on criminal and civil trial preparation and procedure, expert testimony and medical malpractice, and has served as moderator for numerous programs organized by the Robert L. Clifford Inn of Court. He also trained and has given lectures to newly assigned Superior Court judges on presiding over gang trials, jury selection, courthouse security and other related matters.
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•Robert L. Clifford Inns of Court- Chairman
•New Jersey State Bar Association
•Passaic County Bar Association
•St. John's Cathedral Board of Advisors
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