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Trenton Attorney Deirdre Webster Cobb Receives NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Trenton attorney and Burlington resident Deirdre Webster Cobb was recognized with the Distinguished Legislative Service Award of the New Jersey State Bar Association in July for her work on the issue of racial profiling. The Distinguished Legislative Service Award is given to those NJSBA members who have made significant and outstanding contributions to promoting the association’s legislative interests, historic mission and the public good.

Cobb is a member of the newly-created NJSBA Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Profiling and contributed innumerable volunteer hours promoting the issue on the association’s behalf. The committee held a special meeting with staff of the Police Institute in Newark, several meetings to discuss and review racial profiling bills, and organized a seminar on How To Handle A Racial Profiling Case at the NJSBA Annual Meeting in May.

An NJSBA member for 7 years, Cobb has served on the Board of Trustees since 1999 and is a member of the Minorities in the Profession, Women in the Profession, and Labor and Employment Law Sections. In addition, she serves on the Public Sector Lawyers Committee and Task Force on Diversity. She has also served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution. A past president of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Inc., Cobb serves as president of the Alpha Group Community Development Corporation of Abundant Life Fellowship, Inc. and is a mentor for the Big Brothers and Sisters of Mercer County.

Cobb is director of the Division of Contract Compliance and Equal Employment Opportunity in Public Contracts where she is responsible for managing the operations, programs and activities of the division. The division is charged with implementing state statute and regulations governing the equal employment opportunity practices of all construction and procurement contractors conducting business with the state, county and municipal government agencies.

Cobb is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh 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.

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