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NJSBA Dispute Resolution, Municipal Court Practice and Workers' Compensation Sections Present Annual Awards in 2004

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Bonnie Blume Goldsamt was honored by the Dispute Resolution Section with the annual James J. Boskey Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year Award during ADR Day on June 11 at the Sheraton in Iselin.

Section Chair Robert Margulies said that Goldsamt was named ADR Practitioner of the Year for her dedication and service to the ADR community as a practitioner, teacher and advocate for mediation.

“For the past 8 years, Bonnie has coordinated ADR Day on behalf of the NJSBA, Garibaldi Inn and other provider organizations, and the event has become a focal point for the ADR community,” said Margulies.

Goldsamt has more than 20 years of experience in chancery matters, including having received many court appointments as mediator, guardian, special fiscal agent and trustee. She is a former chair of the NJSBA Program Committee and Dispute Resolution Section, and serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Complementary Dispute Resolution Committee.

With law offices in Verona and Hackensack, solo practitioner Goldsamt devotes a substantial part of her practice to mediation and arbitration in family and commercial disputes.

Service to the Bar

The section recognized Marilyn Slivka, Chief of Special Programs of the Administrative Office of the Courts, with its Service to the Bar Award.

“We honored Marilyn at ADR Day with an award for outstanding service in complementary dispute resolution,” said Margulies.

“She has served for the past 18 years as staff to the Supreme Court CDR Committee with distinction and has been of tremendous assistance to the bar with the implementation of CDR programs.

Municipal Court Practice Section

Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year

Jeffrey E. Gold, lead counsel for the seminal case on the new Alcotest 7110 breath testing device used in drunk driving cases, State v. Foley, received the 2004 Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year Award from the Municipal Court Practice Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association during their June business meeting.

Gold is a partner with Gold & Laine, PA in Cherry Hill and Mount Holly. He has been a speaker at seminars on criminal law, municipal court practice, “Megan’s Law” and drunk driving. He has also been a Police Academy instructor on the subject of Search and Seizure Law. Gold has appeared on CN8’s “Its Your Call with Lynn Doyle” and “Real Life” programs as a criminal law expert.

The award was presented in recognition of Gold’s activities in informing and educating the public about our legal system, in encouraging and promoting reform and modernization, in improving the relationship between the legal profession and the public, in exemplifying the goals and purposes of the Municipal Court Practice Section and for service to the residents of the State of New Jersey.

Workers’ Compensation Section

Alfred Arnold of Arnold & Arnold in Union received the Jack O’Brien Award from the Workers’ Compensation Section at the NJSBA Annual Meeting in Atlantic City in May. The award acknowledges and recognizes Arnold’s contributions and achievements during his career in the field of workers’ compensation law, as a practicing attorney, an innovator in continuing legal education and as a workers’ compensation section member.

Section Chair Michael Greenwood presented Arnold with the award. Greenwood said that Arnold was selected to receive the award in recognition of contributions to the bar during his 35 years of practice in the workers’ compensation courts.

“Alfred is a long-term workers’ compensation practitioner who is known for his forthright approach in dealing with adversaries,” he said.

Arnold has been a frequent contributor and speaker on topics presented at the NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting. He is one of the founders of the Workers’ Compensation Inns of Court.

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