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Debra Weisberg Honored As Young Lawyer Of The Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Debra S. Weisberg, a Mountain Lakes resident and partner with the Short Hills law firm of Donahue Hagan Klein & Newsome, P.C., was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Atlantic City. The award is presented to a young lawyer whose personal and professional accomplishments merit special recognition, and who has contributed to and excelled in service to the community, service to the bar and professional achievement.

Weisberg accepted the Young Lawyer of the Year Award as family, friends and colleagues applauded the young woman described as enthusiastic, a future leader of the Family Law Section, and instrumental in increasing the membership of new lawyers in both the Morris County and New Jersey State Bar Associations.

Weisberg has been a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Family Law Section since 1999, and a member of the section’s Executive Committee since 2002. In 2001, she was appointed to lead a Section Membership Subcommittee created to provide more opportunities for involvement by young lawyers in the work of the Family Law Section. Weisberg has since been reappointed twice to chair the subcommittee.

“Debra’s efforts resulted in a subcommittee which has become one of the most active in the Family Law Section,” said Lynn Fontaine Newsome, former Family Law Section chair and current NJSBA treasurer. “By organizing both educational and social functions with exclusive participation by young lawyers, the section leadership currently consists of a healthy cross-section of young and senior attorneys, and the perspective and outlook provided by the young attorneys has proved invaluable to the growth of the section,” she added.

Nominated by the board of trustees of the Morris County Bar Association, Weisberg serves the organization as a trustee, and as a member of the Family Law, Membership and Women Lawyers Committees. In addition, Weisberg is a member of the Essex County Bar Association, served as chair of the annual Division of Youth & Family Services Children’s Holiday Party for Morris County, and served as a member of the Mountain Lakes Historic Preservation Committee, League of Women Voters of Mountain Lakes, and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Weisberg earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

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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