Judge Bauman was initially assigned to the Family Division, where he served until September 1, 2009. His current assignment is that of Presiding Judge – Civil Division, which resolves Trials (Jury and Non-Jury), Non-Binding Arbitration, Voluntary Binding Arbitration, Mediation of Small Claims Matters, Bar Panel Presumptive Mediation Program, Complex Commercial Program Expedited Jury Trials, Conferences, Proof Hearings, Friendly Hearings, Wage Executions, and Warrant Hearings. Judge Bauman currently serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education.
Prior to taking the judicial oath in July 2008, Judge Bauman was a partner at Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., specializing in general litigation with a focus on complex civil and criminal matters. From 1988 through 1991, he served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, working as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and lead trial attorney for high profile criminal matters. He held positions in the Marine Corps Reserve, such as staff judge advocate, company commander and appellate government counsel. His service awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Letter of Commendation, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps, and Certificate of Commendation, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines.
Admitted to the New Jersey Bar, Judge Bauman participated as a lawyer in numerous activities including the New Jersey Supreme Court Municipal Court Practice Committee, the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, the New Jersey Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, the NJSBA Franchise Law Committee, the NJSBA Special Committee on Military Law and Veterans Affairs, and the Board of Advisors for the Criminal Justice Program for Fairleigh Dickinson University. He authored an article that was published in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. He has been a presenter and panelist at seminars sponsored by The New Jersey State Bar Association, most recently in connection with the Civil Case Law Update in New Brunswick in February 2012. In 2008, APALA/NJ honored him with an achievement award. Judge Bauman is a graduate of Columbia University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Boston College Law School.
Alvin T. Wong was elected Judge of the State Court of DeKalb County, Georgia’s third largest county, in 1998. He was the first Asian Pacific American (APA) to run for public office in metro Atlanta and is the only APA to be elected judge in the Southeast. Judge Wong was elected in a county where APAs made up less than two percent of registered voters and has served continuously unopposed for more than a decade.
Diana C. Liu
Diana C. Liu is a Principal and General Counsel of Artemis Real Estate Partners, a real estate investment manager co-founded in 2009 by Deborah Harmon and Penny Pritzker. Artemis is headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Artemis, Ms. Liu was a shareholder and senior member of the Real Estate Practice Group of Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia. From 1988 through March 2009, Ms. Liu practiced law with the Real Estate Practice Group of WolfBlock LLP in Philadelphia where she was an equity partner since 1994. In her over 23 years of legal practice in real estate as outside counsel, Ms. Liu represented developers, real estate operators, pension funds, REITs and life insurance companies in all forms of real estate acquisition, development, management, financing, leasing, sale and loan workouts. In addition, she negotiated real estate loan workouts and loan sales on behalf of lending institutions and special servicers.
Ms. Liu is an active participant and contributor to numerous real estate seminars, panels and conferences on loans and loan defaults, workouts and restructures. She is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (where she serves as Chair of its Member Selection Committee for 2011-2012), the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. She is listed in theBest Lawyers in America publication for the real estate practice area. Ms. Liu was an adjunct lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching “Advanced Topics in Commercial Real Estate Transactions” from 1998 to 2009 and was designated the I. Grant Irey Lecturer in Law for the 2002-2003 academic year. In 2006, Philadelphia Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners selected her as one of their “Women of Distinction.”
Ms. Liu earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. Ms. Liu is fluent in both Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, APABA-PA, the Association of Asian American Investment Managers and the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the President’s Council of the Real Estate Roundtable.