In 1982, she became the first female justice of the NJ Supreme Court. She was a leading conservative on a court know nationally for judicial activitism.
Before retiring in 1999, she was involved in landmark decisions, often voting in the minority. She voted in favor of the death penalty and was the minority Burke vs. Abbott school financing case. She dissented in another case in which the majority ruled that shopping malls could not prevent people from handing out leaflets on mall property.