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Cynthia Jacob to Receive Professionalism Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Cynthia M. Jacob, Esq. will receive the 2007 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law at an awards luncheon to be held on Friday, September 28 at the New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick. The O’Hern Award is presented annually to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

Cynthia Jacob is Senior Counsel, and formerly partner, with Fisher & Phillips of Somerset, a national labor and employment firm. She was a partner and founding member of Collier, Jacob & Mills which merged with her current firm in 2005. Ms. Jacob is a graduate of Yale Law School and Vassar College and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Art History at Rutgers University.

Richard J. Badolato, Chair of the Commission, describes Cynthia Jacob as “the consummate professional who by her hard work and example to others has opened many doors within the profession, making it more diverse and better for it.” John W. Bissell, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court recalls Ms. Jacob from their days as law firm associates and lauds her as “a pioneer for women’s status as attorneys, a vigorous supporter of our courts as institutions, and a practitioner of law with skills second to none in her chosen field of employment law; she richly deserves this award.”

Ms. Jacob is a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and the Somerset County Bar Association. She has long been active in the organized bar and as a member of committees of the state and federal judiciary. She has served on the NJSBA’s Board of Trustees and Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. She has been a member of numerous committees appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey including the Civil Practice Committee, Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, the Committee on Rules of Evidence, and the Character and Fitness Committee. Ms. Jacob has served as chair of the Lawyer’s Advisory Committee of the United States District Court. She is past chair of the District XII Ethics Committee and has served on the boards of Legal Services of New Jersey and the Education Law Center.

A loyal supporter of her law school, Ms. Jacob is past Chair of the Board of the Yale Law School Fund and was President of the Yale Law School Association of New Jersey. She also served on the Board of Directors of Raritan Valley Community College.

Cynthia Jacob is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of federal practice, employment litigation and rainmaking and has appeared before audiences of lawyers and judges, including the Conference of Chief Justices. She has been honored frequently for her achievements and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, and New Jersey Superlawyers. Her legal ability and bar leadership has resulted in awards from Legal Services of New Jersey, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Woman’s Political Caucus of New Jersey and the Commission on Professionalism in the Law and Somerset County Bar Association, which jointly presented her with a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a cooperative effort of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the state and federal judiciaries and the state’s three law schools – Seton Hall, Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark. The commission seeks to encourage the spirit of professionalism and commitment to positive values among lawyers and judges, through educational programs and other initiatives.

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