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Wayne Positan Named State Bar Association Treasurer

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Wayne J. Positan, a Roseland attorney and Essex Fells resident, was named treasurer of the New Jersey State Bar Association at the July 12 board of trustees meeting at the Law Center in New Brunswick. Positan also serves as trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the NJSBA’s philanthropic arm.

Positan has been a member of the NJSBA for 28 years and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1998. He served as chair of the association’s Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice (MJP), a highly charged issue regarding cross-border practice, until his appointment to the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on MJP in 2001.

In that capacity, Positan appeared before the Conference of Chief Justices at its January 2001 mid-year meeting to speak on that issue. He conducted numerous commission hearings around the country and testified on MJP before the New Jersey Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Admissions in March 2002. Positan also served as a moderator and panelist on the ABA Connection and National Teleconference on “Ethics Issues in Multi-Jurisdictional Practice” on February 20 and 21, 2002.

Positan is an executive committee member of the NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Section where he served as chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary from 1992 to 1997. He served as management chair of the section’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Division on Civil Rights Committee from 1983 to 1987. A member of the NJSBA Finance and Operations Committee and General Council, Positan served as vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Elections in 1986, and on the Meetings and Travel Arrangements Committee.

Since 1994, Positan has served as chair of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Labor Law Forum and Bench Bar Conference, an annual event cosponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Section. He is also editor-in-chief of the ICLE book, “New Jersey Labor and Employment Law.”

In addition to chairing the ABA MJP Commission, Positan served as the Section of Litigation representative on the Section Officers Conference Committee on MJP. Within the ABA Section on Litigation, Positan served as co-director of Divisions, as delegate to the Symposium on MJP at the Fordham Law School Center for Professional Responsibility, and was a member of the Special Council Committee on Multi-Disciplinary Practice (MDP). Positan also served as co-chair of the Task Force on Merit Selection of Judges, cochair of the Section annual meeting in 1996, as a member of the Section Nominating committee, and chair of the Section Committee on Employment and Labor Relations Law. He is a mentor for the Young Lawyers Leadership Program. He also serves on the Coordinating Council of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.

The Essex County Bar Association honored Positan with its Professional Achievement Award in April 2001. He was elected a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a member of its inaugural class in 1996 and as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for labor and employment law.

A graduate of Boston University and New York University School of Law, Positan serves on the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University, the Columbian Foundation, the Saddle River chapter of La Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, and on the Board of Directors of Marotta Scientific Controls Corp.

Positan is managing director of Lum, Danzis, Drasco, Positan & Kleinberg, LLC in Roseland where he practices labor and employment law and litigation representing management/defense, and governmental litigation.

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.