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State Bar Installs New Slate of Leaders Etish becomes president at Annual Meeting

Atlantic City - Allen A. Etish, a partner with the Haddonfield law firm of Archer & Greiner, will become president of the New Jersey State Bar Association today. He will be installed tonight as leader of the state’s largest lawyers group at its Annual Meeting in Atlantic City.

Etish will serve a one-year term. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will administer the oath of office at an installation dinner starting at 7 p.m.

“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 will focus on making sure the association is a resource to all lawyers who have been hard hit by the economic recession.

His state bar association work has been extensive and he is a former president of the Camden County Bar Association and the Association of County Bar Presidents.

He is married to Barbara, and has two children.

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.

In addition to Etish’s installation, several others will also move into new positions on the association’s executive committee tonight:

Richard H. Steen: President-Elect

Construction law expert Richard H. Steen will become president-elect of the state bar association. The Lawrenceville resident and Princeton attorney is on track to assume the presidency of the NJSBA in 2010.

Susan A. Feeney: First Vice President

Newark attorney Susan A. Feeney will become first vice-president of the association. Feeney, a partner in the tax and employee benefits group at McCarter & English, is expected to become the seventh woman to head the association when she becomes president in two years.

Kevin P. McCann: Second Vice President

Kevin P. McCann, co-founder of the Bridgeton law firm of Chance & McCann, will be installed as second vice president. When he assumes the presidency of the NJSBA in 2012, he will become the first state bar president from Bridgeton in nearly 100 years.

Ralph J. Lamparello: Treasurer

Ralph J. Lamparello, managing partner for the 35-member law firm of Chasan Leyner & Lamparello in Secaucus, will take the oath of office as secretary of the state bar association. He is the first attorney from Hudson County to serve as an officer of the association in 34 years. He is a former president of the Hudson County Bar Association.

Paris P. Eliades: Secretary

Paris P. Eliades is to be installed as secretary of the association. The 48-year-old Sussex County attorney is a partner at Courter, Kobert & Cohen in Sparta. He is a former assistant Sussex County prosecutor and municipal prosecutor in Hamburg. Eliades now works as a family attorney.

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