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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/15/06
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McCreedy Receives Special Recognition Award

NEWW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees presented Edwin J. McCreedy with a special recognition award Dec. 8. The former NJSBA president was honored for his work on the medical malpractice fee assessment case imposing a $75 annual fee on attorneys.

McCreedy spent three years working with association staff pro bono to mount a constitutional challenge to the assessment, arguing that it was infirm because it violated equal protection guarantees, intruded on the rule-making authority of the Supreme Court, improperly used public money to benefit private parties, and constituted special legislation. After filing an order to show cause in New Jersey State Bar Association v. State of New Jersey on Jan. 3, 2005, he worked with staff on drafting and filing various complaints, motions and briefs, answers to interrogatories, discovery requests and other papers in the case, and personally argued the association’s case before the chancery court and the Appellate Division.

“In the end, the Appellate Division upheld the assessment, and the Supreme Court denied certification, but Ed fought the good fight on behalf of all lawyers in the state,” said NJSBA President Wayne Positan in presenting the award. “In doing so, he exhibited the kind of commitment, preparedness, insight and passion that should make us all proud to be lawyers.”

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.

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