Harold Arnold Ackerman

Harold Arnold Ackerman

Title: District Court
Appointed by: James Earl Carter
Judicial Tenure: 1979 - 2009
Born: February 15, 1928
Birth Place: Newark, NJ
Died: December 2, 2009
Place of Death: West Orange, NJ

Judge Ackerman was born in Newark, New Jersey, and received an LL.B. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1951. He engaged in the private practice of law in New Jersey from 1951 to 1954. From 1955 to 1979, he was a judge on various New Jersey courts - on the Compensation Court of the State of New Jersey (1955 - 1965); the Union County District Court (to 1970); the Union County Court until (to 1973); the Superior Court, Law Division (to 1975); and the Superior Court, Chancery Division, General Equity (to 1979).

On September 28, 1979, Ackerman was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, vacated by George Herbert Barlow. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, and received his commission on November 2, 1979. He assumed senior status on February 15, 1994, and served in that capacity until his death in 2009.

Professional Career

  • Private practice, New Jersey, 1951-1954
  • Judge, Compensation Court of the State of New Jersey, 1955-1965
  • Judge, Union County [New Jersey] District Court, 1965-1970
  • Judge, Union County [New Jersey] Court, 1970-1973
  • Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1973-1979
  • Law Division, 1973-1975
  • Chancery Division, General Equity, 1975-1979


  • Rutgers School of Law -- Newark, LL.B., 1951

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