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Ellen O'Connell Named State Bar Association Trustee

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Basking Ridge resident and Newark attorney Ellen O’Connell was named a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) during a meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 18. An NJSBA member for 18 years, O’Connell is immediate past chair of the association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. She represents management in labor and employment matters for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in Newark.

A member of the NJSBA Labor and Employment Law and Women in the Profession Sections, O’Connell served on the Nominating Committee and is a former chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee and the Committee on Public Relations. She serves as treasurer of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and is a former chair of its Strategic Planning Committee.

O’Connell served on the NJSBA Task Force on Alternative Work Arrangements in 1992 and Task Force on Pro Bono Services in 1993. Following her service on the pro bono task force, she served as the association’s representative on the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Pro Bono Assignments. O’Connell also served on the Supreme Court’s Committee on Sexual Harassment, and as a member and vice chair of the Committee on Women in the Courts.

Active in the community, O’Connell is vice chair of the Community Health Law Project having served as secretary, treasurer and trustee. In 1992, the group presented her with its Ann Klein Award. She was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 1991 and 1996 by Our House, Inc., a group that provides supported living and employment for adults with developmental disabilities. O’Connell is also a former trustee, vice president and YMCA Volunteer of the Year for the Girl Scout Council of Rolling Hills.

A member of the Somerset County Bar Association, O’Connell is a graduate of Boston College and received her juris doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.

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.