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Lynn Fontaine Newsome to serve as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Lynn Fontaine Newsome, a Morristown attorney and Lawrenceville resident, will take the oath of office as the 109th president of the New Jersey State Bar Association on May 17 at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlantic City.

Active in the NJSBA for 25 years, Newsome practices family law and is a certified matrimonial attorney. Through her leadership, Newsome plans to emphasize the importance of attorney’s participation both in the profession and in their communities. “From getting our young lawyers involved to keeping senior attorneys active, everyone can share their skills to benefit our communities and the profession,” she says.

Newsome is the fifth female president in the organization’s history. “I am particularly excited to pursue the programs initiated by the American Bar Association and my predecessor that are focusing on women and minorities in the profession and work-life balance,” she says. “I have been fortunate to practice law, raise a family and stay active in professional activities, and I want to encourage more of our attorneys to get involved in the Bar to make a difference as role models and mentors,” Newsome adds.

Distinguished service

Newsome distinguished herself through a number of leadership roles at the county and state level, serving as president of the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation, chair of the Morris County Family Law Committee, and chair of the NJSBA Family Law Section. In April 2006, she received the Saul Tischler Award from the Family Law Section in recognition of her career and achievements that embody the highest standards of professionalism in the practice of family law. As part of her accomplishments, Newsome organized the first Family Law Bench-Bar Conference cosponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and the Family Law Section in 2001. She has served on the NJSBA Board of Trustees since 1998 and will continue to serve as a trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the Association’s philanthropic arm.

Dedicated to the profession

Since 1997, Newsome has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee. She was chair of its Rules Subcommittee from 1999 to 2001. Newsome is a Master of the Family Law Inns of Court, and from 1989 to 1994, was a Barrister/Master of the Worrall F. Mountain Inns of Court. Newsome served on the District X Ethics Committee from 1990 to 1993. She is also a member of the Mercer County and American Bar Associations, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

A partner in the Morristown and Short Hills law firm of Donahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome & O’Donnell, P.C., Newsome is a graduate of Seton Hall University and received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1981. She is married with two sons.

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.