Executive Director, Professionalism Commission
Adrian M. “Bud” Foley Jr. To Receive Daniel J. O’Hern Award
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Former New Jersey State Bar Association President Adrian M. “Bud” Foley Jr. will receive the 2004 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law when the group celebrates the achievements of attorney honorees at its annual Professionalism Luncheon and awards ceremony to be held on Sept. 30 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.
The O’Hern Award recognizes commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the profession and community. Also, in cooperation with bar associations across the state, the commission will present Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards at the event to lawyers whose character and competence mark them as outstanding members of the bar.
Foley is a partner in Connell Foley LLP in Roseland, and served as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association in 1964-1965. He has long been active in the American Bar Association where he served on the Board of Governors and in the House of Delegates. He was the first New Jersey attorney to serve as chair of the ABA’s largest entity, the Section on Litigation.
Foley is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel, and a member of the American Law Institute. In 2001, he received the Essex County Bar Association award for lifetime achievement.
A native of North Dakota, Foley is a decorated veteran of World War II where he served in the Army Air Corps. He graduated from Columbia Law School and was admitted to the bar of New Jersey in 1948. He was elected Surrogate of Essex County at age 32, and later served as the presiding officer at New Jersey’s Fourth Constitutional Convention. He was appointed by Governor William Cahill as the first treasurer and chief financial officer of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and was reappointed to that post by Governor Brendan Byrne. Foley was instrumental in devising the bond issue that generated funding for Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Foley has served on the boards of trustees for many educational institutions, including Seton Hall University, Columbia Law School and St. Peter’s College. He was the first recipient of Seton Hall’s All University Award, and has also been honored by St.Benedict’s Prep. He resides in Essex Fells, with his wife Mary. The Foley’s have four children.
The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a cooperative venture among the New Jersey State Bar Association, the state judiciary and the three New Jersey law schools. The Commission's goal is to enhance the spirit of professionalism among the lawyers of New Jersey, stress the traditional values of the bar and promote public confidence in the bar and the justice system.
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