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Zulima Farber To Receive Diversity Award At Annual Meeting 2006

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Attorney General Zulima V. Farber will be the recipient of the Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award, which will be presented at the eight annual luncheon of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee on Thursday, May 18, during the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting at Bally’s Atlantic City. The award is presented to those members of the NJSBA who have spearheaded inclusion and made strides for women and minority lawyers. In 2002, the committee renamed its annual diversity award to commemorate the late President-elect Mel Narol’s commitment to the work of and enthusiastic support of the NJSBA’s diversity initiatives.

“Attorney General Zulima Farber epitomizes ‘Excellence in Diversity’. She is an example of the American Dream realized and an inspiration to us all,” said Diversity Committee co-chairs Lora L. Fong, Desha Lang Jackson and Pedro J. Jimenez Jr. in a joint statement. “Throughout her career, she has demonstrated commitment to the minority community, not just by her words, but by her deeds. She is a true trailblazer who has never forgotten her roots and her heritage.”

Farber was a senior partner at Lowenstein Sandler before accepting the attorney general’s post. She originally joined the firm in 1981, but left from 1992 through 1994 to serve as the state’s public advocate and public defender. As a member of Governor Jim Florio’s cabinet, she administered a department of over 430 attorneys and a total staff of approximately 1,000, providing legal representation to indigent criminal defendants in state courts and advocating for the interests of the public in public policy matters. Public policy issues addressed during her tenure included the regulation of utility rates and the protections of the developmentally disabled, consumers of mental health services and abused children.

While serving under Florio, she held membership positions on the Executive Commission on Ethical Standards, the Criminal Disposition Commission and the Sentencing Policy Study Commission.

Before joining Lowenstein Sandler, Farber served as assistant counsel to the governor under Brendan Byrne, from 1978 to 1981. In that position, she was responsible for all criminal legislation, and legislation dealing with the public advocate, the Department of State and election law.

Farber’s presently serves on the boards of the several civic organizations, including the following: the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Legal Services of New Jersey, Integrity House, Leadership Newark and the Institute for Social Justice.

A Ticketed Event

Anyone wishing to attend the eight annual Diversity Committee Luncheon may register for the ticketed event by visiting the association’s website at njsba.com, clicking on the Annual Meeting button and accessing the online registration form. For more information on registering, call the NJSBA Meeting Department at 732-249-5000.

Other Programs on Tap

In addition to the diversity award presentation, the Annual Meeting, scheduled from May 17 through May 19, will include a wide range of seminars of interest to all practicing attorneys, as well as a selection of programs geared toward specialized practice areas.

Practitioners can learn about attracting and keeping clients, finding a niche in practice, office technology, outsourcing office operations, use of experts and legal malpractice risks. A number of more specialized programs are already slated as well, including the Appellate Bench Bar Conference; a primer on doing business in each of the state’s 21 counties; a look at the new legal issues in election law; a view of how to cope with losses after Hurricane Katrina; updates on municipal court practice; an analysis of labor and management issues in the Corzine era; and detailed programs on business law and diversity, state law alternatives to bankruptcy, and hot tips for litigators.

Kicking off the NJSBA Annual Meeting will be the opening business session, with keynote speaker Mike Eruzione, a powerful motivational speaker who in 1980 led the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to a Gold Medal win in Lake Placid, NY. During the opening session, the NJSBA will honor some of the stars among its membership with the annual Pro Bono Award and the Young Lawyers Division Awards.

This three-day gathering of NJSBA members will also include the fourth annual Bench Bar Conference and States of the Judiciaries, as well as luncheons and meetings sponsored by various association committees, sections and divisions, and the annual dinner and installations of officers.

Register now at www.njsba.com or contact the Meeting Department for more details at 732-249-5000.

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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