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Hon. Martin L. Haines II Honored with Excellence in Judicial Administration Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Honorable Martin L. Haines II posthumously received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration. Judge Haines was a tireless advocate of the poor, minorities, women and children.

Judge Haines’ wife, Berne, and step-daughter, Robin, accepted the award at the Association’s Board of Trustees Meeting and Holiday Luncheon on December 12, 2008 at the New Jersey Law Center.

Named in honor of New Jersey’s first Chief Justice, the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration recognizes people in the legal community who help fulfill the mission statements of the NJSBA and its Judicial Administration Committee.

NJSBA President from 1972 to 1973, Judge Haines also served as co-chair of the Judicial Administration Committee from 1996 to 1998. He was a state Superior Court Judge for 12 years sat as Burlington County Assignment Judge for eight of those years. He was a founding chair of the bench bar conference know as the “Judicial Administration Forum,” which is now in its ninth year. He died this spring. He was 88.

A University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate, Judge Haines was also a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice, first with his father and later with two partners in Mount Holly.

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