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Karol Corbin Walker and Lynn Fontaine Newsome Honored for Legislative Efforts

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey State Bar Association Immediate Past President Karol Corbin Walker and Second Vice President Lynn Fontaine Newsome received the NJSBA’s Distinguished Legislative Service Award for their work to establish good relations with federal legislators and increase the bar association’s federal presence as a result of participation in ABA Day in Washington, D.C. on May 5 and 6, 2004. The awards were presented during the board of trustees meeting on Friday, Jan. 17.

“The work of Karol Corbin Walker and Lynn Fontaine Newsome has significantly expanded and deepened the New Jersey State Bar Association’s legislative influence with federal legislation and federal legislators,” said President Edwin J. McCreedy as he presented the awards.

This was only the second time that the bar association participated in ABA Lobby Day. In 2003 and 2004, Walker and Newsome crisscrossed the state, meeting with members of Congress in legislative districts from Jersey City and Mount Holly, to lay the foundation for a successful ABA Lobby Day in 2004.

As part of ABA Day 2004, in addition to Walker and Newsome, former NJSBA Presidents Richard J. Badolato and Thomas Curtin, and First Vice President Wayne J. Positan met will all of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation or key staff members to discuss issues important to the legal profession in New Jersey, including medical malpractice, federal judicial salaries and the Legal Services Corporation.

“Thanks to their efforts, the New Jersey State Bar Association continues to strengthen ties with members of Congress,” McCreedy said.

The next ABA Lobby Day event will be held April 27 and 28, 2005.

The annual Distinguished Legislative Service Award is the highest recognition bestowed by the New Jersey State Bar Association to its members for advancing the association’s legislative agenda. The awards are a yearly opportunity to acknowledge commitment to the State Bar’s legislative goals and members’ willingness to testify, prepare amendments and contact legislators on the association’s behalf.

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.