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Lynn Fontaine Newsome to Receive 2006 Tischler Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association will recognize the work of colleague Lynn Fontaine Newsome on Monday, April 17. Newsome, first vice president of the NJSBA, will be awarded the 2006 Saul Tischler Award at the section’s annual dinner at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

In January 2005, she received the NJSBA’s Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her work to establish good relations with federal legislators and increase the bar association’s federal presence as a result of participation in ABA Day in Washington, D.C. on May 5 and 6, 2004.

“The Tischler Award is the highest honor given to a family lawyer by the Family Law Section,” said section executive committee member Cary Cheifetz. “It is presented each year to someone who has improved the practice of family law, and Lynn’s accomplishments over the years make her a deserving candidate for the award.”

A certified matrimonial attorney, Newsome is a former chair of the Family Law Section. She organized the first Family Law Bench-Bar Conference cosponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and the Family Law Section in 2001, and participated as a state team member at the National Conference on Pro Se Litigation in 1999.

Since 1997, Newsome has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, and she chaired its rules subcommittee from 1999 to 2001. She is a master of the Family Law Inns of Court, and from 1989 to 1994 was a barrister/master of the Worrall F. Mountain Inns of Court. She also lectures at ICLE and Family Law Section-sponsored seminars and conferences on family law matters.

“Lynn has focused a lot of her efforts on continuing legal education and the need to take pride in legal practice by keeping in touch with what is changing in the practice area,” noted Cheifetz. “She also has worked to encourage young lawyers to get involved, which is very important.”

Newsome has been a member of the NJSBA for 24 years, and has served on the board of trustees since 1998. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. She served on the District X Ethics Committee from 1990 to 1993, and is a member of the Mercer County and American bar associations and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She is a past president of the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation, and a former chair of the Morris County Family Law Committee.

“Possibly what makes her most deserving of the Tischler Award is what she has done to enhance the way the bar views the practice of family law,” said Cheifetz. “Her leadership in the overall bar, where she stands to serve as president in the next few years, has done a lot for family law.”

A partner in the Morristown and Short Hills law firm of Donahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome & O’Donnell, P.C., she is a graduate of Seton Hall University and received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1981.

“Over the years I have been her adversary in cases, and I’ve seen how Lynn practices law,” concluded Cheifetz. “She takes a holistic view of the practice, which is what family law is all about. She focuses not only on the interest of her client, but the long-term interests of the family as well. And after all, when you get right down to it, as family lawyers what we are really called to do is solve problems.”

Register Today

The annual Tischler Award Dinner includes a cocktail reception and dinner program. Family Law Section members, non-member guests and members of the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division may register for the program by visiting the association’s website at, clicking on “Meetings Calendar” and selecting the dinner program. For additional information, contact the meetings department at 732-249-5000.

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