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CONTACT:Charles J. Hollenbeck
Executive Director-NJ Commision on Professionalism

Albert Burstein to Receive Professionalism Award; Other Lawyers to be Honored at Luncheon

Albert Burstein of Tenafly will receive the 2006 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law at an awards luncheon to be held on Friday, October 13 at the New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick.

The O’Hern Award recognizes commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the profession and the community. Also, in cooperation with twenty-eight bar associations across the state, the commission will present Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards to lawyers whose character, competence, and observance of the highest standards of the profession mark them as outstanding members of the bar.

Albert Burstein is a partner in the Hackensack law firm of Herten, Burstein, Sheridan, Cevasco, Bottinelli, Litt & Harz. He has practiced law for over five decades, specializing in the fields of estate planning, real estate, business law and litigation. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia University School of Law.

He served as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly for ten years, including a term as Majority Leader. During this time Mr. Burstein was instrumental in the study and passage of legislation concerning education, probate reform, ethics and the budgeting process. His interest in the legislative process continues today in his service as a member, and former chair, of the New Jersey Law Revision Commission and member of the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Mr. Burstein is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Council of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He is a past member of the Bergen County Ethics Committee, and he is a past Master in the Morris Pashman Inn of Court. In 1993 he received the Bergen County Bar Association’s Lawyer Achievement Award, and in 1999 was named Professional Lawyer of the Year by the county bar association and the Commission on Professionalism in the Law.

Mr. Burstein’s interest in education is reflected in his past service on numerous boards and commissions, including the Development Board at Jersey City State College, the Board of Trustees of Bergen Community College, as Chair of the Education Funding Review Commission, and as a member of the Education Commission of the States.

He is a resident of Tenafly where he lives with his wife Ruth. They have three children Jeffrey, Diane, and Laura.

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a cooperative effort of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the state and federal judiciaries, and New Jersey’s three law schools – Seton Hall, Rutgers-Newark, and Rutgers-Camden. The commission’s goal is to enhance the spirit of professionalism and commitment to traditional values among lawyers and judges through educational programs and other initiatives.