By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
BRIDGETON – Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae will be recognized Oct. 24 during the 45th annual virtual celebration of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey.
Webb-McRae made history in 2010 when she became the first Black female to serve as Cumberland County prosecutor. She was re-appointed to the post in 2015. She will be one of three Black female prosecutors currently in office to be honored. The other is Camelia Valdes, in Passaic County and Tracy Thompson, for the State Office of Insurance Fraud.
Others will be recognized will be Anne Thompson, who served as Mercer County prosecutor from 1975 to 1979 and Patricia Hurt, who served in Essex County from 1998 to 1999.
Jennifer Hall-Lewis, anchor at WPHL-TV, will be the master of ceremony.
African American prosecutors are still rare in the country. New Jersey is one of three states – the others being Alaska and Connecticut – that appoint county prosecutors rather than having them elected. A 2015 study done by the nonpartisan Center for Technology and Civic Life found that 95 percent of elected prosecutors around the country are white and 79 percent are white men. Fourteen states don’t have a prosecutor of color at all while one percent of prosecutors serving are minority women.
Webb-McRae is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, United States District Court and the State of Pennsylvania. She served as an assistant deputy public defender for the State of New Jersey for six years.
While serving in private practice from 2002-09, she focused on criminal and municipal court defense, business and real estate, and wills and estates. She also served as a child support attorney for the Cumberland County Welfare Board, solicitor for the Fairfield Township Land Use Board and public defender for Maurice River Township.
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