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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/06/06
CONTACT:Barbara S. Straczynski
Acting Director of Communications
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Young Lawyers Division Seeks Award Nominations

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the New Jersey State Bar Association is seeking nominations for several awards, presented annually to outstanding young attorneys. This year, the YLD will present four awards: the Service to the Community Award, the Service to the Bar Award, the Professional Achievement Award and the Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

Young lawyers who have devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities such as pro bono work, government service, charity involvement or other public service are candidates for the Service to the Community Award.

Nominees for the Service to the Bar Award should be young lawyers who dedicate considerable volunteer time to bar activities at the county, state and/or national level, including specialty and minority bars.

The Professional Achievement Award acknowledges a young lawyer who has received professional recognition through publications, excellence in a particular area of law, a significant verdict or law-changing appellate decision, or similar professional achievement.

The Young Lawyer of the Year Award is presented to a young lawyer whose personal and professional achievements merit special recognition; and who has made unique community and public service contributions; has actively participated in the organized bar; and has stood out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and courtesy.

Nominees must meet the young lawyer criteria as of May 18, 2006, to be eligible for an award. A young lawyer is any lawyer who has been engaged in the practice of law for five years or less, or who is under the age of 36. The deadline for submitting nominations is April 14, 2006. Please forward nominations or direct questions to: Kimberly Yonta, Esq., Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor, Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

The Young Lawyers Division of the NJSBA organizes and promotes activities, including continuing legal education seminars that are of assistance to new lawyers in the practice of law, and encourages pro bono and community service involvement by all new 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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