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William Baroni Jr. Honored With Professional Achievement Award By Young Lawyers Division

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — William E. Baroni Jr., a Hamilton resident and attorney with Blank Rome LLP in Trenton, received the Professional Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) at the recent NJSBA annual meeting in Atlantic City. The Professional Achievement Award is presented to a young lawyer who has received professional recognition through publications, excellence in a particular area of law, a significant verdict or law-changing appellate decision, or other such professional achievement. Baroni practices election and campaign finance law and government relations.

An NJSBA member for four years, Baroni is a member of the NJSBA Election Law Special Committee and Health and Hospital Law Section. He is the current chair of the board of trustees of Mercer County Community College, and a member of the foundation board of The College of New Jersey and the institutional review board of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. He also serves on the board of trustees of Project Freedom, Visitation Home, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra where he is the current chair. Baroni is presently an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Throughout his practice, Baroni has represented numerous candidates for public office, Republican and Democrat, and a number of political committees.

He served as counsel to the New Jersey Republican Congressional delegation during the 2001 Congressional redistricting process where the first-ever compromise redistricting map was drawn that garnered the support of all 13 members of Congress from New Jersey.

As counsel to former Congressman Bob Franks’ campaign for governor in 2001, Baroni argued that the Legislature had the constitutional ability to alter the date of the primary election.

As counsel to United States Senate candidate Douglas Forrester, he argued a case where the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the right of a political party to replace a candidate after a statutory deadline, but prior to an inability to prepare new ballots. He also participated in the case where the United States District Court heard arguments on the federal issues concerning the candidate replacement.

Baroni is the author of "The Emerging Trend of Unionization of Doctors in Health Maintenance Organizations", which appeared in FOCUS in December 1998. The Seton Hall Legislative Law Journal will soon publish Torricelli v. Samson and the Creation of the Administrative Feasibility Standard in New Jersey Election Law by Baroni.

Baroni is a graduate of George Washington University where he served as a member of the Alumni Affairs Committee board of trustees. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia 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.