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Allen A. Etish Becomes President of the New Jersey State Bar Association

New Brunswick, NJ - Allen A. Etish, a partner with the Haddonfield law firm of Archer & Greiner, became president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He took the oath of office May 14 at the Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City.

Etish will serve a one-year term. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner administered the oath of office.

“There is nothing I am more passionate about than being a lawyer. And I am going to make sure that during this economic crisis – and moving forward - the members of this profession are gainfully employed and that law school students are getting the opportunities they need to start a career,” said Etish.

Etish, 59, of Cherry Hill, also serves as a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the NJSBA’s educational and philanthropic arm.

He has been a member of the NJSBA for three decades and served as the Camden County representative on the board of trustees from 1999 until his nomination as Secretary in 2004.

During his term as president, Etish said he would focus on making sure the association is a resource to all lawyers who have been hard hit by the economic recession.

Those who know Etish best say he will be a dynamic leader.

“He has shown an innate ability to embrace change and foster it, and that is what this bar needs,” said Ralph Lamparello, treasurer of the bar association.

He is married to Barbara, and has two children.

Etish has been a member of the NJSBA for 33 years and served as the Camden County representative on the Board of Trustees from 1999 until his nomination as Secretary in 2004. He served as Chair of the association’s Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice (MJP), a highly charged issue regarding cross-border practice, from 2001 to 2004, and as co-chair from 2000 to 2001. He continues to serve as trustee liaison to the Federal Practice and Procedure and Bankruptcy Law sections of the State Bar Association.

He is the former President of the Camden County Bar Association and the Association of County Bar Presidents. He has served on a number of New Jersey Supreme Court Committees including: the Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice in 2001, the Committee on Bar Admission by Motion in 2001, and the Committee on the Model Rules of Judicial Conduct in 1995.

A 1974 graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, he attended Rutgers College where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar.

Etish is a frequent lecturer for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Camden County Bar Association and the National Business Institute on various topics including: Advanced Federal Court Practice, Best Practices, Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Trial Evidence and Real Estate Practice. A partner in Archer & Greiner’s Litigation Department, he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, bankruptcy representation and business transactions.

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