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Sussex County Attorney Thomas H. Prol Is Named Young Lawyer Of The Year By New Jersey State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Franklin attorney Thomas H. Prol received the prestigious Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Atlantic City. The Young Lawyer of the Year designation is presented to a young lawyer whose personal and professional achievements merit special recognition and who has made unique community and public service contributions, has actively participated in the organized bar and has stood out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and courtesy.

Prol is a founding member of the NJSBA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Rights Committee, which was granted a formal charter by the NJSBA Executive Committee in January 2004. He recently co-moderated an Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) course on the New Jersey Domestic Partnership Act and served as a panelist on the “Gay Marriage and Civil Unions-Where Are We Going? Where Have We Been?” program at the NJSBA Annual Meeting.

Prol presented federal and state constitutional analyses on the issue of same-sex marriage during a recent segment of New Jersey Network’s Due Process, which is funded by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. In the April 2004 edition of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, he co-authored “Lifting a Lamp: New Jersey’s Safe Harbor for Gay and Lesbian Immigrants.” He has written articles regarding tenancy discrimination and unmarried couples, and marriage rights for same-sex couples in New York, along with serving as a contributing researcher for three years for “Solid Waste” for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law Year in Review.

A volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps for two years, Prol taught sanitation and health in Nepalese, the local language of Nepali. He also volunteered for UNICEF, presenting training in Nepalese for local government workers.

A partner with Fitzgibbons-MacMullin & Prol, LLC, in Franklin, Sussex County, Prol concentrates his practice in environmental law, business law and litigation, among other areas. He graduated from New York Law School in 2001 while working as a federal enforcement officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During law school he worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office (EDNY) and at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. As a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, he represented all law students in New York as the Second Circuit Governor. Prol also served as chair of the Law Students Programs Committee for the ABA Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources Law.

Prol received his master’s degree in public health in 1997 from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and his bachelor’s degree in English and ecology from Emory College of Emory University in 1991. He also interned in the Conflict Resolution Program of the Carter Presidential Center at Emory University and at Cable News Network (CNN) in Atlanta, GA.

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.

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