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Jon-Henry Barr Receives NJSBA Service To The Community Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Clark attorney and resident Jon-Henry Barr received the Service to the Community 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. 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.

Barr served as an elected councilman in Clark from 1993 to 1994 while in law school. Following a judicial clerkship and employment as an associate in a law firm, Barr formed his own law firm with partner Christopher Canada in July 1998, Barr & Canada, LLC.

In 2000, Barr was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Union County Bar Association as the Young Lawyer Trustee. That same year, he was selected as a municipal prosecutor for the Township of Clark and shortly thereafter, revitalized the long-dormant Union County Municipal Prosecutor’s Association and served as president. He was reelected as president in 2005 and was recognized on page three in the Nov. 8 2004 New Jersey Law Journal for his active role in organizing the brand new “New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutor’s Association.”

Following his term on the Union County Board of Trustees, Barr became very active with the county bar association. He spoke at local elementary and high schools for the county bar’s Minority Concerns Committee and acted as a judge for the annual Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He served on the Centennial Book Committee, which published a book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the organization.

“In the area of professional achievement, as a litigator and a municipal prosecutor, J.H. has earned a reputation is our area for a high level of skill, integrity and professional courtesy,” wrote Barr’s law partner, Christopher Canada, in his nomination letter for the Service to the Community Award winner. Barr was recognized in the January 2004 New Jersey Lawyer in a Somerset County case where he represented a plaintiff who won a $280,000 breach of contract verdict (13 NJL 2, 1/5/04).

Canada wrote, “what is most remarkable about J.H is his service to the community as a member of the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad. In addition to being the pro bono attorney for Clark’s First Aid Squad, he is a state certified Emergency Medical Technician, who volunteers at least 12 hours a week.”

Barr is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, in addition to his memberships in the New Jersey State and Union County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the District of Columbia.

A graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, Barr was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

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.