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Family Lawyers to Honor Judge Glickman With Tischler Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association will pay tribute to the Honorable Herbert S. Glickman at its annual dinner on Wednesday, April 25. Slated for 6 p.m. at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge, the ticketed event is open to both section members and non-members. During the evening, Glickman will be presented with the 2007 Saul Tischler Award for lifetime contributions to the advancement of family law in the state of New Jersey.

“In my opinion, he was the best on the bench,” Paul Rowe, who tried cases before the judge for 25 years, said regarding the section's decision to honor Glickman. “He was smart, worked hard, was in his chambers by 7 a.m., and never let himself forget he was once a practicing lawyer. And he did it all with a fabulous disposition. He even helped me with my calendar problems, and, since we had become friendly, I somehow thought he was doing me a favor. Then I discovered he did it for everyone. He actually understood our problems.”

“He has made the twin contributions to the family law bar and bench of being firstly a model trial judge and secondly a model mentor to both bar and bench,” added Gary Skoloff, whose relationship with Glickman began 47 years ago, when they were both young lawyers in Morristown.

Born and raised in Atlantic County, Glickman graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 1952 and spend the following two years in the Air Force. With the help of the GI Bill, First Lieutenant Glickman attended the University of Virginia Law School. In his third year of law school, he taught the course “Introduction to the Law and Other Subjects” to first-year students, including future Senator Edward Kennedy and New Jersey attorney Ben Slavitt.

Glickman began his legal career as Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub’s first law clerk. He practiced law in Morristown for more than 20 years, specializing in family law, before being appointed to the bench in 1978. Glickman retired in 2000, but continued to sit as a recall judge until 2003, resulting in a judicial career spanning 23 years. During that time he penned several reported decisions, including Kronberg v. Kronberg, Simeone v. Simeone and Goldman v. Goldman.

Frank Donahue’s early memories of Glickman relate to his days shortly after he had received word of his a judicial appointment, during a lunch meeting the future judge held with several attorneys to solicit advice. “I remember telling him he should always enforce his orders when we had lunch that day,” said Donahue. “I recommend not giving him any advice, since he followed mine, which once resulted in my client ending up in jail.”

When Patricia Smits, who served with Glickman on the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee from 1984, thinks of him, the first thing that comes to her mind is notes. “Notes, notes, notes,” she said. “He always kept detailed notes on all of his cases. When attorneys would appear before him on post-judgment motions 10 years later, he would remind them of the details of the case. He also was always gracious, even when an attorney’s argument really stunk up the place.”

In addition to his participation on the Supreme Court committee, Glickman was a founding member of the Northern New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, and continues to participate in their monthly meetings. Since 2003, he has been associated as counsel with the Morristown firm of Cutler, Simeone, Townsend, Tomaio & Newark. He has concentrated his practice on mediation and arbitration, primarily of family-related matters.

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