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NJSBA Workers’ Compensation Section Presents Annual Awards

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section presented its annual Jack O’Brien Award to attorney Samuel E. Bass at the recent NJSBA Annual Meeting in Atlantic City. The section also presented a Service to the Bar Award to Senior Deputy Attorney General Lois J. Gregory.

Jack O’Brien Award

As Samuel E. Bass accepted the Jack O’Brien Award from the Workers’ Compensation Section, he told his fellow workers’ compensation attorneys about the education you get in the practice of law versus what is not taught in law school.

Admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1958, Bass has been an acting workers’ compensation attorney all that time. At his Newark law firm of Freeman & Bass, he supervises civil litigation and all appeals. His appearances in workers’ compensation court involve total disability cases and dependency cases.

The Jack O’Brien Award acknowledges and recognizes Bass’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 a workers’ compensation section member.

Service to the Bar

Senior Deputy Attorney General Lois J. Gregory received the Service to the Bar Award from the section. Gregory is with Labor, Personnel and Higher Education within the Division of Law and is retiring after 29 years of service.

Her remarks were filled with humorous suggestions on how to get along. Gregory said that she learned through lunches with colleagues that if you sit with a bunch of amateurs talking about golf, it’s almost as boring as watching it on TV.

When she turned serious, Gregory acknowledged that the workers’ compensation courts made great strides and were ahead of the times by taking in women when there weren’t any. “Now the system is filled with incredible women who are incredible attorneys,” she said.

Gregory closed her remarks with an analogy to Richard Nixon. “To quote Richard Nixon, you won’t have me to kick around anymore.” However, she added, “if I follow Nixon’s path, I’ll be back as director and chief judge in six years.”

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.