New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director of Communications


Candidates tapped for leadership positions, Padin selected as next secretary

The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Nominating Committee tapped Evelyn Padin to be the organization's first Latina secretary.

The selection means Padin, who is an at-large trustee, is on track to become president of the state’s leading group for lawyers, judges and legal professionals in 2019.

The committee also tapped over two dozen members for leadership positions. The slate includes a handful of new selections to the association’s governing body, the board of trustees. The Nominating Committee will solicit candidates for the unfilled at-large trustee position specifically dedicated for a Hispanic member.

The selections were announced following the committee’s extensive interviews and deliberations earlier this month. In addition to the slate of candidates, under the bylaws current President-Elect Paris P. Eliades automatically becomes president, and current President Ralph J. Lamparello becomes immediate past president in May.

The candidates:
Executive Committee
President-Elect – Miles S. Winder III
First Vice President – Thomas H. Prol
Second Vice President – Robert B. Hille
Treasurer – John E. Keefe Jr.
Secretary – Evelyn Padin

County Trustee
Anthony M. Carlino* - Bergen
Edward W. Hoffman* - Burlington
Michael L. Testa Jr.* - Cumberland
Edward J. O’Donnell - Essex
Ronald J. Uzdavinis* - Gloucester
Cindy N. Vogelman - Hudson
Craig J. Hubert - Mercer
William A. Krais* - Morris
Dominic V. Caruso* - Passaic
Shanna McCann* - Salem
Michael S. Selvaggi* - Warren

At-Large Trustee
Sandra T. Ayres* (Over 70)
Supti Bhattacharya* (Asian-American)

Section/Committee Trustee
William H. Mergner Jr.* - Civil Trial Section
Heather G. Suarez* - Real Estate, Trust and Estate Section
David B. Wolfe - Taxation Law Section and Membership and Public Relations Committee

Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Trustee
Jeffrey Neu

Nominating Committee
Michael R. Paglione

American Bar Association Delegate
Steven M. Richman*
Karol Corbin Walker*

* indicates incumbent 

If no nominations by petition are received by March 14, in accordance with the NJSBA bylaws, the individuals will be considered elected by acclamation. The installation of officers and trustees will take place at the Annual Meeting and Convention in May.