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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/06/07
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Edison Mayor Choi to speak at diversity event

Edison Mayor Jun H. Choi will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual Diversity Holiday Cocktail Reception, hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Diversity. The event is slated for Thursday, Dec. 13 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, and will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Choi was sworn in as the mayor of New Jersey’s fifth largest municipality last January. Since that time his administration has focused on rebuilding public trust, fiscal responsibility, education, economic development, planning/zoning reform and bringing together the diverse communities of Edison’s population of more than 100,000.

Prior to assuming the municipality’s leadership position, Choi worked on education policy as executive director of a Student Achievement Task Force at the New Jersey Department of Education. His professional work in education included co-authoring the New Jersey Charter School report with the CEO of Citizens for Better Schools, a New Jersey-based advocacy and policy organization.

Prior to joining the Department of Education, Choi held positions at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (White House Budget Office) working to improve the longer-term solvency of the national Social Security system. He also worked as a management consultant for Ernst & Young LLP, advising Fortune 500 companies on business and technology strategy.

In the non-profit sector, Choi co-founded a leadership development and education organization that identifies, trains and mentors talented young adults, encouraging them to enter careers in public service. Since the organization’s inception in 2000, it has impacted the lives of over 1,000 young people. He also served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metuchen-Edison-Woodbridge.

The Diversity Holiday Cocktail Reception is made possible by the support of Jim Hunt from Northwestern Mutual.

Cosponsors of the event include the following New Jersey State Bar Association groups: the Standing Committee on Diversity, the Young Lawyers Division, the Minorities in the Profession Section, the Women in the Profession Section, the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee, and the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section; as well as the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, the Garden State Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Association of Black Women Lawyers, the South Asian Bar Association, the Korean-American Bar Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the Caribbean Bar Association and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.

Toy Drive

During the reception, the New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association will be accepting donations as part of its Share the Joy Toy Drive. The collection will benefit children who receive Division of Youth and Family Services assistance. Donations can be made payable to: HBA-NJ Toy Drive, and may be mailed to P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101, or presented at the holiday reception. Every donation will be matched with a toy donation by the Hispanic Bar Association.

For more information on the toy drive, contact Milagros Camacho at mcamacho_hbanj@yahoo.com or Elizabeth Siso Bair at ebair@sea.samsung.com.

Register Today

To register to attend the Diversity Holiday Cocktail Reception, visit njsba.com, select the “Meetings Calendar” button and then locate the event registration form. The registration fee is $15 per person.