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Cecilia Blau Named General Practitioner of the Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The General Practice Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) has honored the career of Cecilia W. Blau with its General Practitioner of the Year for 2006. Ms. Blau maintains a solo law practice in Springfield, New Jersey.

The General Practice Section looks for an attorney that has fostered a greater public understanding of the values of the legal system, and who, through both private practice and public service, helps to inform and educate the public as to the importance of the role of the lawyer, the court system and law enforcement agencies in the legal profession.

Ms. Blau started her law career in personal injury litigation working as house counsel for three insurance companies consecutively. She then started her own practice with a focus on plaintiff’s personal injury, which grew into other areas such as family law and municipal court, and then into her current general practice law firm. She was also the Public Defender in Springfield for six years.

An NJSBA member since 1992, Ms. Blau currently serves as chair of the General Practice Section. She is also an active member of the Civil Trial Bar, Elder and Disability Law, Family Law, Municipal Court Practice and Workers’ Compensation Sections and the Automobile Reparations Committee.

Ms. Blau is a trustee and a past president of the Women Lawyers in Union County. She is also member of the Union County Bar Association where she served on the Program Committee.

Ms. Blau served as a volunteer investigator with the District XII Supreme Court of New Jersey Ethics Committee, and as a member of the Supreme Court’s District Fee Arbitration Committee for four years. She is currently a member of the American Inns of Court Foundation.

A member of Congregation Israel of Springfield, Ms. Blau is a former recording secretary and current trustee of the Sisterhood of Congregation Israel. She is also a life member of Hadassah.

Admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, Ms. Blau graduated from Hunter College summa cum laude and was invited to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her law degree from New York Law School, where she was on the editorial board of Aequitas and received the Human Rights Award for Outstanding Editorial Contribution.

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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