African-American federal judge Michael Shipp overwhelmingly confirmed by Senate

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This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Shipp as Federal District court Judge for the District of New Jersey. The Senate confirmed Shipp with a nearly unanimous vote of 90-1. Judge Shipp was the first African-American to become magistrate in the same district five years ago. Prior to becoming magistrate, Shipp worked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, as assistant attorney general in charge of consumer protection.

The National Law Journal reports that Senators described Shipp as “coming from humble beginnings” and having “strong qualifications and a reputation for excellence.” Judge Shipp received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he later taught as an adjunct professor.