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2007 Daniel J. O'Hern Award and Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards Presented at NJ Law Center Ceremony
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law presented Cynthia M. Jacob with the 2007 Daniel J. O’Hern Award in recognition of her commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and the community at its annual awards luncheon on Sept 28. In addition to the O’Hern presentation, the commission presented, in cooperation with bar associations across the state, Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards to lawyers whose character, competence, and commitment to the highest professional standards mark them as outstanding members of the bar.
Atlantic County Bar Association – Willis F. Flower is a partner in the firm of Ford, Flower and Hasbrouck in Linwood. He is a past president of the Atlantic County Bar Association. Mr. Flower is a member of the District I Ethics Committee and a leader of the Vincent Haneman Inn of Court. He served as the county representative on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee of the State Bar Association. Mr. Flower is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and Boston University School of Law.
Bergen County Bar Association-- Octavius A. Orbe is of counsel to McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter in Ridgewood. He is a former President of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Bergen County Bar Association and he served as a delegate to the American Bar Association. Mr. Orbe is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University Virginia School of Law.
Burlington County Bar Association – Alan Domers is a partner in the firm of Domers and Bonamassa in Marlton. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been designated by the NJ Supreme Court as a Certified Matrimonial Attorney. Mr. Domers serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in Camden and Burlington counties. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law in Camden.
Camden County Bar Association – Andrew B. Kushner is a partner in the firm of Asbell, Kushner & Eutsler in Cherry Hill. He is past president of the Camden County Bar Association and currently serves as president of the Camden County Bar Foundation. Mr. Kushner is a member and former chair of both the District IV Ethics and Fee Arbitration Committees. He is a regular lecturer for ICLE and is an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in Camden. Mr. Kushner is a graduate of Dickinson College and Brooklyn Law School.
Cape May County Bar Association—Richard A. Russell is a solo practitioner in Ocean City. He is former Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and he has served on the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee for over twenty years. Mr. Russell was honored by the Family Law Section with its lifetime achievement award. He has been a municipal court judge for twenty-seven years. Mr. Russell is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York Law School.
Cumberland County Bar Association – Edward F. Duffy is a solo practitioner in Vineland. He is past president of the Cumberland County Bar Association. He currently serves in a number of appointed counsel positions in numerous municipalities in Cumberland County. Mr. Duffy’s community involvement includes leadership positions with the Vineland Regional Dance Company, Boy Scouts, and Habitat for Humanity. He is a graduate of LaSalle College and Rutgers University Law School.
Essex County Bar Association – Bruce I. Goldstein is a partner in the firm of Saiber, Schlesinger, Satz & Goldstein in Newark. Mr. Goldstein is a certified Civil Trial Attorney and Criminal Trial Attorney and is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Attorneys. He has received achievement awards from the American Jewish Committee and the University of Virginia. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of Rutgers College and Cornell University School of Law.
Gloucester County Bar Association – Hon. Ernest L. Alvino is Of Counsel to the firm of Hoffman Dimuzio in Woodbury. He is a retired judge of the New Jersey Superior Court and he served on the bench for over thirty years. Judge Alvino flew over fifty combat missions over Europe during World War II as a member of the Army Air Corps. Following his service he graduated from Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law.
Hudson County Bar Association – William M. Feinberg is a partner in the firm of Feinberg, Dee & Feinberg in Bayonne. He is a former trustee of the Hudson County Bar Association and served on the Hudson County Ethics Committee. Mr. Feinberg represented the United States in fishery treaty negotiations, has been an advisor to other fishery treaty organizations and served on the Governor’s Commission on Marine Fisheries. He is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law.
Hunterdon County Bar Association – John W. Thatcher is a partner in the firm of Burton & Thatcher in Clinton and he has practiced law in Hunterdon County for over thirty years. Long active in community and political affairs he has served as mayor, committeeman, planning board member and board of health member in Union Township. Mr. Thatcher is former president and chairman of the board of the Jaycees and is active in community theatre groups. He is a graduate of Grove City College and the University of Akron School of Law.
Mercer County Bar Association – Hon. John J. Hughes is United States Magistrate for the District of New Jersey. Prior to his appointment to the bench he served in the Office of the Federal Public Defender. Judge Hughes is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has lectured at Weidner University School of Law, the Federal Judicial Center, and at various ICLE seminars. He was a founder of the Mercer County Inn of Court. Judge Hughes received his undergraduate and law school degrees from Villanova University.
Middlesex County Bar Association - Hon. Robert A. Longhi is of counsel to the firm of Mandelbaum Salsburg in New Brunswick. Judge Longhi served on the bench for over thirty years, most recently as Assignment Judge in the Middlesex Vicinage. He has served on a number of Supreme Court Committees, including the Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities and Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution. Judge Longhi is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Syracuse University College of Law.
Monmouth Bar Association – David K. Ansell is a partner in the firm of Ansell, Garo, Grimm & Aaron in Ocean. He is former president of the Monmouth Bar Association and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New Jersey Chapter, and a trustee of the new Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Ansell has served on a number of Supreme Court appointed committees, including the Committee on Matrimonial Litigation. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Morris County Bar Association – Hon. Reginald Stanton is of counsel to the firm of Drinker Biddle in Florham Park. Judge Stanton served on the bench for almost thirty years, most recently as Assignment Judge in the Morris/Sussex Vicinage. Judge Stanton has taught at Seton Hall Law School and the National Judicial College. He currently serves as a member of the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Review Board. Judge Stanton is a graduate of St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and New York University School of Law.
Ocean County Bar Association – William V. Kelly is a partner in the firm of Starkey, Kelly, Bauer, Kenneally & Cunningham in Toms River. He is former president of the Ocean County Bar Association and is active in a number of other lawyer organizations. Mr.