New York, NY - On Thursday July 13, 2017, Judge Ernest Capasala and the other Passaic County Superior Judges welcomed the first female African American Judge in Passaic County history, LaToyia Jenkins Stewart.
Ms. Jenkins was born in Paterson, New Jersey and was a product of the Paterson Catholic High School. In 1997, she graduated from Morgan University with her Bachelor's Degree. Three years later she received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University.
In 2000, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Isabel Stark, J.S.C. in the Civil Division of the Bergen County Superior Court. Ms. Jenkins returned to Paterson and began her career as an associate with law firm of Sciro & Marrotta.
In 2002, she began her career with the Passaic County Prosecutor Office where she spent time in the many sections including, the Juvenile , Pre-Indictment, Grand Jury, Trial and Domestic Violence. She tried many cases that lead to defendants being convicted.
Ms. Jenkins participated in the candlelight vigil for victims of violent crime and was an adjunct at Montclair State University from 2009 to December 2015 in the Judicial Studies Department.