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Alan V. Lowenstein Receives 2002 Daniel J. O'Hern Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law honored distinguished lawyers from across the state at its Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Sept. 26 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. New Jersey Attorney General David Samson delivered the keynote address.

Alan V. Lowenstein of Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland led the list of honorees as the recipient of the 2002 Daniel J. O’Hern Award for career achievement and commitment to the highest ideals of professionalism. The award is named for retired Justice Daniel J. O’Hern of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Deborah Poritz, chair of the commission, considered Lowenstein the ideal choice for the award due to “a noteworthy career, outstanding pro bono contributions, service to the community, and an exceptional reputation.”

Lowenstein has for decades been a major figure in New Jersey’s legal community, having founded one of the state’s premier firms, Lowenstein Sandler. He played a key role in reforming statutes governing banking and corporate law and was an important figure in Newark’s charter reform movement that changed the city’s governmental structure.

Long active in community organizations, his efforts helped the development of Liberty State Park and the transformation of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra into a nationally recognized institution. He has been recognized for contributions to legal services programs and in encouraging pro bono service within the bar. He contributed $2 million to Rutgers Law School to establish the school’s first endowed professorship and supporting fellowships in corporate and business law.

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a cooperative venture among the New Jersey State Bar Association, the state judiciary and the three New Jersey law schools. The Commission's goal is to enhance the spirit of professionalism among the lawyers of New Jersey, stress the traditional values of the bar and promote public confidence in the bar and the justice system.

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.