Mark K. Chase '91 has been appointed to a judgeship of the New Jersey Superior Court by Governor Chris Christie. Confirmed by the New Jersey Senate, he was sworn-in on July 7 and will begin his formal duties on September 1.
Chase was a Dean's List student at Connecticut College in seven of his eight semesters, majoring in history. Chase was a four-year letter-winner on the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team. He recalled his undergrad experience fondly and said that Michael Burlingame, May Buckley Sadowski Professor Emeritus of History and noted Lincoln scholar, made a significant impact on his academic path.
After receiving his Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College, Chase obtained law degrees from the Temple University School of Law and the Widener University School of Law. He would later serve as the First Assistant Prosecutor in Camden Country, NJ, overseeing a staff of 250 employees. Last year, he left the prosecutor's office to join Liebling Malamut, a private law firm in Cherry Hill, NJ. According to the biography on Liebling Malamut's website, Chase is an authority on the use of force by police and also oversaw cases that involved white-collar crime.
Chase told law360.com, "It is a tremendous honor to be nominated, and I am truly humbled to be considered for this appointment. I want to thank Governor Christie for having the confidence in me to serve the people of New Jersey."
Chase, a forward, played four seasons for the Camels during one of the most successful stretches in program history. Led by 25-year coach and former NHL All-Star Doug Roberts, the Camels went 59-34-2 during Chase's career including two ECAC Semifinal appearances in 1987-88 and 1988-89 and winning the 1989-90 ECAC South Championship – the only conference title in program history.
"Mark was an unselfish player who adapted to whatever role the team needed. He was a loyal teammate who expected the best from himself and others. He was mature beyond his years, always making responsible decisions throughout his career. He was a huge part of our success on and off the ice," said Roberts.
Chase played with standout defenseman Rand Pecknold '90 who in 1989-90 set a Camel single-season records for most points and goals by a defenseman. Pecknold is the highly successful Head Men's Hockey Coach at Quinnipiac University and has brought the program to the Frozen Four in two of the past five seasons.
"Mark was a phenomenal teammate. Always focused on doing whatever was in the best interest of our team. I loved my experience at Connecticut College and Mark (and my other teammates) was a big part of that," said Pecknold.
Connecticut College Director of Athletics and former assistant ice hockey coach said, "Mark was passionate about his sport, a great teammate, a diligent student, and had a heart of gold. There was always something about his calm demeanor and care for others that I knew would carry him far in life."
Chase will serve in the Chancery Division of the Camden County Superior Court and will be a Family Law judge.