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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/03/08
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State Bar Honors Lawmakers At First Annual NJSBA Day in Trenton

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Jersey State Bar Association held the First Annual NJSBA Day in Trenton on Monday, March 3, 2008, at the State House in Trenton.

Developed as a way to increase the Association’s relations with State and Federal lawmakers, the event included a keynote address given by former Chief Justice James R. Zazzali followed by the presentation of the Robert B. Meyner Awards in recognition of the contributions of nine State and Federal legislators for exceptional advocacy efforts on behalf of the NJSBA.

Named in honor of Robert B. Meyner, an NJSBA member, who was Governor of New Jersey from 1954 to 1962, the awards were presented to:

Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, representing the 11th Congressional District for his support of Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) funding.

State Senator John H. Adler (6th Legislative District), for his advocacy and sponsorship of NJSBA drafted law P.L.2007, c.261, which reconciles the Wrongful Death Act with the Uniform Probate Code.

State Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (16th Legislative District), for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L.2007, c.6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.

State Senator Nia H. Gill (34th Legislative District), for her advocacy and sponsorship of P.L.2007, c.6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences, and for her advocacy in opposition to S-2653, which would extend the $75 attorney assessment to the Medical Liability Insurance Premium Assistance Fund for another three years.

State Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (22nd Legislative District), for his advocacy and sponsorship of P.L.2007, c.6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences, and for his advocacy in opposition to S-2653, which would extend the $75 attorney assessment to the Medical Liability Insurance Premium Assistance Fund for another three years.

Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen (20th Legislative District), for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L.2007, c.6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (15th Legislative District), for his advocacy and sponsorship of NJSBA drafted law, P.L.2007, c.261, which reconciles the Wrongful Death Act with the Uniform Probate Code and for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L.2007, c.6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.

Assemblyman Joseph Vas (19th Legislative District), for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L.2007, c.6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.

(Former) State Senator Robert E. Littell (24th Legislative District 1968-2008), for his staunch support of Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ).

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice. Visit the Association’s website at www.njsba.com.

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