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Richard J. Badolato to Lead Professionalism Commission

NEW BRUNSWICK — Richard J. Badolato, a partner in the Roseland law firm of Connell Foley and past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, will serve as Chair of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law for a term of two years. He succeeds Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Badolato said "I am honored to have been chosen and I look forward to exploring innovative ways to promote professionalism within the bar, among judges, and in the law schools, particularly through programs aimed at bolstering the important values that have long defined the legal profession. I will continue the efforts of my predecessors to reach out to all segments of the legal community to raise awareness about professionalism and encourage lawyers and judges, by their own actions and conduct, to set an example for colleagues to follow.”

The Commission was created in 1995 and has had three prior chairs in addition to Chief Justice Poritz—the late Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz; Thomas R. Curtin, former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association; and Ronald J. Riccio, former Dean of Seton Hall Law School.

The commission’s achievements include adoption of Principles of Professionalism which serve as guidelines of conduct for lawyers and judges, a lawyer counseling program for use by county bar associations and a Lawyer’s Pledge for newly admitted members of the bar. The commission also sponsors educational seminars for judges and lawyers and annually presents awards to lawyers who exhibit outstanding conduct and character.

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a cooperative venture of the state and federal judiciary, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the state’s three law schools – Seton Hall University School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, and Rutgers University School of Law- Camden. Its purpose is to promote professional responsibility and the highest standards of conduct among the lawyers, judges, and law school students in the state, through educational programs and other initiatives. In 1998 the American Bar Association cited the commission for excellence in professionalism programming.