The Honorable H. Robert Switzer of Egg Harbor Township will deliver the keynote address at Atlantic Cape Community College’s 49th annual commencement, 11 a.m., Thursday, May 19, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.
Switzer was hired in 1980 by Hamilton Township, making him the youngest municipal judge in New Jersey. In addition to a judgeship in Hamilton Township, he serves as municipal judge in Egg Harbor Township and Estell Manor.
Switzer has been a member in good standing of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Federal bars since 1975. During his distinguished career, Switzer has heard countless cases.
He serves as vice-chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court practice, and as lecturer and presenter of various courses designed to educate and train judges, attorneys and court administrators in New Jersey Municipal Court Practice and Substantive Law. He was the creator and primary author for a separate stand-alone Part VII Rules of the Court, which govern the procedure used in all N.J. Municipal Courts. Following an eight-year process of design of the new rules, the N.J. Supreme Court approved the revision in 1997.
In 1985, he created and organized Atlantic County’s shoplifting course. Those who appear before him for shoplifting have received a suspended jail sentence on condition they attend his one-day course. In the course, offenders meet with jail inmates and learn what it is like to be incarcerated, thereby “scaring them straight.” They are told that if they are convicted on a second offense, they automatically go to jail.
Switzer wrote Bismarck’s Changes in Foreign and Domestic Policy, 1878-84, published by Duke University Press, and A Re-examination of Boycott Per-Se Rule in Antitrust Law, published in 48 Temple Law Quarterly 126 (1974).
He holds a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and an A.B. in History from Duke University. Switzer was recognized in 2009 as Atlantic Cape’s Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor, and currently adjuncts at the college in his spare time.