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Susan A. Feeney Becomes First Vice President of the New Jersey State Bar Association


Newark attorney Susan A. Feeney became the first vice-president of the New Jersey State Bar Association this week.

Feeney, a partner in the tax and employee benefits group at McCarter and English, took the oath of office at the association’s Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. The installation ceremony was May 14. She is on track to become president of the state’s largest lawyers group in 2011, making her the seventh woman to hold the office.

Feeney, of Skillman, has been a member of the NJSBA for 27 years and served on the association’s Board of Trustees as a representative for Essex County from 2001 to 2006. She served as ABA Delegate from 2002 to 2006. A former chair of the Taxation Law Section, Ms. Feeney is presently a member of the section’s Executive Committee and serves as Trustee Liaison to the group. She is also a member of the NJSBA Membership and Public Relations Committee, Long-Term Planning Committee, Legislative Committee, Ad Hoc Policy Committee, Finance and Operations Committee and Strategic Plan Implementation Committee.

As an officer of the Association, she also serves as trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the NJSBA’s educational and philanthropic arm.

Her involvement in various aspects of the legal community has been extensive. She served on the Board of Directors of New Jersey Lawyer, the Weekly Newspaper and was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve as a member of the Board of Bar Examiners Committee on Character. She is Secretary of the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County and has served on its board since 1984.

She concluded a term as President of Legal Services Foundation of Essex County in 2007 and as Chair of the Foundation’s Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Committee in 2004. Ms. Feeney was the recipient of Legal Services Foundation’s 2007 Douglas Eakeley Award.

A member of the Essex County Bar Association since 1982, Feeney received the county bar’s 2001 Special Merit Award and served on its Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2001. A former chair of the Essex County Bar’s Young Lawyers, she also served as vice chair and chair of the Pro Bono Task Force from 1999 to 2004.

Feeney is a member of the American Bar Association, its Taxation Section and the section’s Committee on State and Local Taxes. She was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2003. She also serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the New Jersey Tax Court and is chair of the Subcommittee on Miscellaneous Rules.

In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Feeney was named among The Best Lawyers in America, in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as one of the New Jersey Super Lawyers and in 2006 and 2008 as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers published by New Jersey Monthly. She serves as a board member of the Dorough Lupus Foundation and the Flame of Charity Foundation.

A summa cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University, she earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, New York.

At McCarter & English, Ms. Feeney’s practice focuses on state taxation and local property taxation for all types of industries. Her practice includes redevelopment law and condemnation.

In her spare time, she is an avid equestrian.

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