Role Models: Alumni Sworn-in as New Jersey Superior Court Judges
Seton Hall Law students aspiring to have success in law, can do no better than to
look for role models in the alumni who have gone before them.
Today, we feature three who have marked another professional milestone by being sworn
in as Superior Court judges --the Honorable Sharifa R. Salaam, Frank J. DeAngelis,
and Lisa Miralles Walsh. Congratulations to all!
Judge Sharifa R. Salaam ’93 began her law studies ten years after earning her undergraduate degree, and it wasn’t
easy! But she has fond memories of studying law on her living room floor while her two children did their homework, and in 1993 she
graduated law school as her daughter, also named Sharifa, graduated high school.
Judge Salaam came to Seton Hall Law as a child of the 60s, concerned about basic human
rights, a concern which resonated in her childhood and family life. After graduation,
she was fortunate enough to enjoy a wide array of legal experiences, ranging from real estate to prosecution to municipal court judging. Being considered
for the Superior Court bench required Judge Salaam “to recall my experiences, reflect
on the opportunity, and really examine my life.”
Judge Salaam views sitting on the bench in Essex County as “a tremendous honor.” And
she sees it as in part earned by the reputation she developed as a municipal court
judge in Irvington, East Orange, and Newark, “I tried to be efficient and fast, but
at the same time make people feel positive about the legal system by the time they
left court,” she says.
On the Superior Court, Judge Salaam intends to continue to live her personal values
of patience and perseverance and treating others as she would want to be treated.
"I acknowledge, recognize, respect, appreciate, and am grateful for all those who
have influenced me to become who I am today."
Judge Sharifa R. Salaam ’96
Judge Frank J. DeAngelis ’96 always knew he wanted to be a lawyer and recalls Seton Hall Law as “a place where
you feel part of a group rather than competing against everyone.” In the first class
to start law school in the Law School’s current building, DeAngelis is fondly remembered
by both faculty and classmates. He especially recalls his internships as “really solidifying
my interest to make it to the bench. My first-year professors set the foundation for
me to get where I am today. I certainly couldn’t have accomplished this without that
Upon graduation, Judge DeAngelis began his career at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass
LLP and remained there until his appointment to the Superior Court in December 2016.
Focusing on commercial and insurance coverage litigation and defense work, DeAngelis
found time to give back to his alma mater. He is a member of the Seton Hall Law Alumni Council and was a very popular adjunct professor. He also served on the Board of Trustees
of Partners for Women and Justice.
"Aside from regular practice, get involved with other organizations to make yourself
Judge Frank J. DeAngelis ’96
“I hope to have a long career on the bench,” says DeAngelis. “I look forward to the
opportunities to gain more of a leadership role. But I need to earn that, and I am
looking forward to sitting in the criminal and family divisions to further my understanding
of the courts overall and how they affect our broader society.”
When Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh ’98 wanted to go to law school in her native New Jersey. “I don’t think I really appreciated
Seton Hall Law until I was actually there and experienced everything it had to offer,”
With an interest in criminal law, Judge Walsh took classes focused on criminal practice
and sought internships with The Union County Prosecutor’s office and Public Defender’s
office. After graduation, she clerked in Union County in the criminal division, became
an Assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor, and worked in her own practice. Judge Walsh
was assigned to sit in the criminal division in Union County in January 2017.
Judge Walsh emphasized that “the biggest thing I try to focus on is to have compassion
and treat people with kindness and fairness. It’s important to have civility between
parties, between the bench and bar, and to remember that everyone has struggles. While
I expect to be professional, I will strive to be understanding when the circumstances
Looking back on her career path, Judge Walsh advises students to meet as many people
as you can.
"When you have the opportunity, get involved in different organizations and volunteer
your time,” she says. “Seton Hall Law networking opportunities throughout the state
Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh ’98
Judges Salaam, DeAngelis, and Walsh are just three among many recent elevations of
alums to the New Jersey Superior Court. Seton Hall Law also extends congratulations