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NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section Presents Annual Awards

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section recognized attorney Robert E. Margulies and Administrative Office of the Courts staffer Thomas N. Farrell at the recent NJSBA Annual Meeting held in Atlantic City. Margulies received the Boskey Award and Farrell was presented with a Service to the Bar Award.

Boskey Award

Robert E. Margulies received the Professor James B. Boskey ADR Practitioner of the Year Award in recognition of his achievements in informing and educating the public about alternative and complementary dispute resolution techniques; encouraging and promoting reform and modernization of the legal system; improving the relationship between the legal profession and the general public; exemplifying the goals and purposes of the Dispute Resolution section; and for service to the residents of the state of New Jersey.

Within the NJSBA, Margulies is the current chair of the Dispute Resolution Section, vice chair of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, and a member of the General Council Executive Committee.

A Master of the Hudson Inn of Court and formerly a Master of the Family Law Inn of Court, Margulies is a Master, executive director and immediate past president of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a past president of the Hudson County Bar Association (HCBA) and Association of County Bar Presidents. He presently serves on the HCBA board of trustees.

Margulies is a director with the Jersey City law firm of Margulies, Wind & Herrington.

Service to the Bar

The section recognized a non-lawyer, Thomas N. Farrell, with its Service to the Bar Award. Farrell is manager of Complementary Dispute Resolution (CDR) Programs for the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and since 1986, has been responsible for the implementation and oversight of CDR programs in the courts.

“Tom Farrell has been teaching mediation to every law clerk that comes into the judicial system for the last 18 years,” said Margulies.

“He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in mediation, has participated in ICLE programs to train court approved mediators, and he has always been available to the bar in helping to design programs, provide materials and information, and in giving of himself.”

Farrell has over 25 years experience as a court appointed mediator and mediation trainer. He is AOC staff member to the Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, its Subcommittee on Comprehensive Justice Programs, and the Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards.

Farrell served as president of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution from 1994 to 1998.

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.