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

For Immediate Release

12/12/2013

Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications

732-937-7548

NJSBA to honor judges, lawyers

New Brunswick – Attorneys who belong to the New Jersey State Bar Association and a trio of jurists will be honored this week for their contributions to the profession.

On Friday, the state bar association will recognize the lawyers and judges for their efforts in legislative advocacy, judicial administration and contributions to the association’s amicus program at a celebration to be held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

The Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration was awarded to three retired judges.

  • Justice Helen E. Hoens, served the people of New Jersey with distinction as a judge of the superior court, as a judge of the Appellate Division and for seven years as a justice of the state Supreme Court before her untimely departure from the Court. She wrote nearly 100 opinions and earned a reputation for thoughtful scholarship.        
  • Retired Justice John E. Wallace Jr. served the Judiciary and public for over 25 years with dignity and independence. Wallace was known as an exemplary jurist who not only contributed to the development of law in New Jersey as a judge and justice, but also through his service on various Court committees.
  • Retired Judge Linda Feinberg retired from the bench last year and left behind a legacy of fairness and professionalism in a judicial career that spans two decades. Judge Feinberg was the assignment judge of the Mercer Vicinage for 15 years and has served as chair of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law for the past three years. 

Distinguished legislative service awards went to the executive committee of the association’s Family Law Section’s for their efforts to advance legislation on myriad issues, most importantly domestic violence and alimony reform. Together they met with legislators, drafted bills, wrote position statements, and monitored developments on the issues.

The honorees were: Family Law Section Chair Brian M. Schwartz, Chair-Elect Jeralyn L. Lawrence, First Vice Chair Amanda S. Trigg, Second Vice Chair and Trustee Timothy F. McGoughran, Secretary Stephanie F. Hagan, and former chairs Andrea Beth White and Patrick Judge. In addition, NJSBA President-Elect Paris P. Eliades was recognized for his involvement in the family law section’s advocacy work.

Amicus awards were given to those who this year helped the association, which has earn a reputation for meaningful and thoughtful intervention in court matters that have the potential to broadly affect the practice of law.

  • Stacie Powers and Shalom Stone were instrumental in Nostrame v. Santiago, which affirmed that clients have the right to be represented by the attorney of their choosing.  
  • David Rubin championed the association’s position in the Decision on Committee on Attorney Advertising 47, in which the Court had to determine if law firms could use trade names. 
  • In connection with State v. Cahill, a case over the right to a speedy trial, the state bar expressed gratitude to Jeffrey Evan Gold for his work.
  • Gold and association Trustee Kimberly Yonta Aronow were thanked for their efforts in State v. O’Driscoll, a case that concerned the consequences of refusing to submit to a breath test.  
  • In the Matter of Sean A. Smith, David Dugan was recognized for bringing his expertise and insights to a case that involved the complicated dispute over whether the Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) or the Disciplinary Review Board (DRB) has the authority to order attorneys into diversion, in lieu of formal discipline. 
  • For their work in Prime Accounting v. Township of Carney’s Point, which involved property tax appeals, the association recognized former NJSBA President Susan Feeney; Daniel Zazzali, who handled the matter in the Supreme Court; and Tom Olson, Cory Kestner and Richard DeAngelis, who handled the matter in the Appellate Division.