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Mary Jean Gallagher to Receive O'Hern Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Mary Jean Gallagher of Upper Montclair will receive the 2005 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law when the achievements of attorney honorees are celebrated at an awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

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

Gallagher is a solo practitioner in Bloomfield who has specialized in family law for the past twenty-nine years. She served as president of the Essex County Bar Association in 1990-1991 and has held numerous positions within the association including chair of the Family Law Committee and chair of the Individual Rights Committee. In 2000 Gallagher received the Trial Bar Award from the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. In 1998 she was selected by the Commission on Professionalism in the Law and the Essex County Bar Association for a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.

Gallagher has long been active in the New Jersey State Bar Association and has held leadership positions in the Women’s Rights Section and General Council. She currently serves on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. Gallagher also has a distinguished record of serving the New Jersey judiciary, having been a member of numerous Supreme Court appointed committees, including the District Ethics Committee, the Committee on Character, the Committee on Media Relations, the Committee on Gender Bias, and the Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct.

In addition to her law related achievements, Gallagher served for over a decade on the Board of Directors of Community Health Care of New Jersey and sat on the Essex County Advisory Board on the Status of Women, including a term as vice-chair.

Gallagher is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s Academy in North Plainfield, and Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Masters of Law from New York University.

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a cooperative venture among the New Jersey State Bar Association, the state and federal judiciaries, and the three New Jersey 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 in New Jersey through educational programs and related initiatives.

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.