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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/23/07
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Thomas J. Snyder Receives Distinguished Legislative Service Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Thomas J. Snyder, a Westfield resident and partner with the law firm of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito Frost & Ironson in Denville will be honored with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Distinguished Legislative Service Award at a ceremony at the NJ Law Center on February 23, 2007. He is receiving this award for his work on two bills of critical importance to the NJSBA, S-1467 (Scutari), which adds new causes of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences and S-1087 (Vitale), which permits adopted persons and certain others access to the adopted person’s birth certificate and other related information.

On both bills, Mr. Snyder met with numerous legislators, attended meetings in Trenton and throughout the State on behalf of the NJSBA, and was involved in numerous and lengthy conference calls with various groups, including the Governor’s counsel. Thanks to his leadership, S-1467 was signed into law on January 20, 2007. His assistance has been invaluable as the NJSBA actively works to defeat S-1087. Mr. Snyder was the spokesperson for the NJSBA on WWRL-NY1600 AM debating Pam Hasagawa, an adult adoptee, and participated in the taping of NJN’s Due Process on S-1087.

The annual Distinguished Legislative Service Award is given to those NJSBA members who have made significant and outstanding contributions to promoting the Association’s legislative interests, historic mission and the public good.

An NJSBA member since 1993, Mr. Snyder is on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section. He is a member of the Morris County Bar Association and volunteers as an attorney for the Jersey Battered Women’s Service. He was previously a Law Clerk for the Honorable Peter B. Cooper in Essex County and has participated in the Central Jersey Family Law Inns of Court.

Mr. Snyder graduated with honors from Seton Hall University School of Law, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.

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. Visit the Association’s website at www.njsba.com.

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