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Samantha Keown Receives NJSBA Service To The Bar Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Belmar resident and Asbury Park attorney Samantha Keown received the Service to the Bar Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association on May 19 at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlantic City. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Keown received the award in recognition of her work for the Monmouth Bar Association (MBA).

The Service to the Bar Award is presented to a young lawyer who has dedicated considerable time to bar activities at the county, state and or national level, including specialty and minority bars.

MBA President Kathleen A. Sheedy wrote in her nomination letter that Keown devotes substantial time and energy to bar activities at both the state and county level and that her dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to contribute are valuable assets to the continued success of any bar association.

Keown serves on the Monmouth Bar Association Board of Trustees having been appointed for the 2002-2003 term and elected as a trustee for 2003 to 2006. In that capacity, she served as trustee representative to the MBA Workers’ Compensation Committee. Keown is a member of the MBA Nominating Committee and serves as General Counsel to the association. She has served as a judge in the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation since 2002.

Keown’s serves as chair of the MBA Legal Education Committee and is also a member of the bar association’s Young Lawyers, Meetings and Programs, Finance and Budget, Publications and Workers’ Compensation Committees.

A member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) and ATLA-New Jersey Chapter, Keown is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey and United States Federal District Court, District of New Jersey.

A trial attorney with Lawrence, Leslie & Keown in Asbury Park, Keown concentrates her practice in plaintiffs’ negligence and petitioners’ workers compensation litigation and on the representation of clients in municipal court.

In 1996, Keown earned an LL.B. degree from the University of London, School of Law, London, U.K. She received her J.D. in 2000 from Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York.

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.