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NJSBA Young Lawyers Division Seeks Nominations for 2007 Awards

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association is seeking nominations for its awards, presented annually to outstanding young attorneys. This year, the YLD will present four awards: Service to the Community, Service to the Bar, Professional Achievement and Young Lawyer of the Year.

Young lawyers who have devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities such as pro bono work, government service, charity involvement or other public service are candidates for the Service to the Community award.

Nominees for the Service to the Bar category should be young lawyers who dedicate considerable volunteer time to bar activities at the county, state and or national level, including specialty and minority bars.

The Professional Achievement award acknowledges a young lawyer who has received professional recognition through publications, excellence in a particular area of law, a significant verdict or law-changing appellate decision, or other such professional achievement.

The Young Lawyer of the Year designation is presented to a young lawyers whose personal and professional achievements merit special recognition and who has made unique community and public service contributions, has actively participated in the organized bar and has stood out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and courtesy.

Nominees must be members of the New Jersey State Bar Association and “young lawyers” as of May 17, 2007, to be eligible for an award. A “young lawyer’ is any lawyer who has been engaged in the practice of law for five years or less or who is under the age of 36. The deadline for submitting nominations is April 20, 2007. Please forward nominations or direct questions to: Kimberly Yonta, Esq., Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor, Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N.J., 07306.

The Young Lawyers Division of the NJSBA organizes and promotes activities, including continuing legal education seminars that are of assistance to new lawyers in the practice of law, and encourages pro bono and community service involvement by all new lawyers.

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