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The legal profession at its best - Lawyers to be honored Oct. 17 at New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law ceremony
A North Jersey lawyer who dedicated his life and practice to giving back will receive New Jersey’s highest professionalism honor.
Hal Braff, who has spent much of his career trying civil cases, has used his legal skills to give back to the community. From serving as counsel to the Newark chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality; to building the American Inns of Court movement across the country; to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money for graduates of Weequahic High School in Newark, his alma mater, Braff has distinguished himself in the profession.
To honor his contributions, the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is awarding Braff the 2013 Daniel J. O’Hern Award. The annual award, presented to a senior member of the bar with an outstanding record of commitment to professionalism, career achievement and service to the community, will be presented Oct. 17 at the commission’s professionalism awards luncheon in Somerset.
In addition to Braff, bar associations around the state will also name professional lawyers of the year to be honored at the event, including retired Justice John E. Wallace Jr.
“Hal lives his daily life helping all comers. He is selfless. He is the ultimate professional,” said Robert E. Margulies, of Margulies Wind in Jersey City, where Braff has been of counsel handling mediation, arbitration, and special discovery matters.
Braff gained extensive trial experience in varied areas, and after 40 years of trying cases he has switched to mediation. Yet of all his achievements, Braff says he is most proud of his role as co-president of the Weequahic High School Alumni Association which has raised more than $600,000 for scholarships and other opportunities, including trips to France, Montreal, and Washington D.C.
In addition to Braff, a host of other attorney from county and specialty bar associations around the state will also be recognized as professional lawyers of the year.
The recpients are:
Atlantic County Bar Association - Randolph C. Lafferty
Bergen County Bar Association - Thomas J. Herten
Burlington County Bar Association - Stephen J. Mushinski
Camden County Bar Association - Ann M. Gorman
Cape May County Association - J. David Meyer
Cumberland County Bar Association - Arnold Robinson
Essex County Bar Association - John M. Bashwiner
Gloucester County Bar Association - Kathie L. Renner
Hudson County Bar Association - Leonard Meyerson
Hunterdon County Bar Association - Robert I. Kuchinsky
Mercer County Bar Association - Franklin L. Flacks
Middlesex County Bar Association - Emily A. Kaller
Monmouth Bar Association - Hon. Bette E. Uhrmacher (ret.)
Morris County Bar Association - Robin C. Bogan
Ocean County Bar Association - Hon. James D. Clyne (ret.)
Passaic County Bar Association - Kevin P. Harrington
Salem County Bar Association - Jean S. Chetney
Somerset County Bar Association - Paul R. Rizzo
Sussex County Bar Association - Robert T. Morgenstern
Union County Bar Association - Hon. Miriam Span (ret.)
Warren County Bar Association - Marvin S. Fish
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association - Edward Sun Kiel
Association of Black Women Lawyers - Lisa Hendricks Richardson
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -Timothy M. Donohue
Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey - Jerry Fitzgerald English
Garden State Bar Association - Fruqan Mouzan
Hispanic Bar Association - Daniel Mateo
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey - Hon. Jack L. Lintner (ret.)
New Jersey Association for Justice - Abbott S. Brown
New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association - Valerie J. Camara
New Jersey State Bar Association - Hon. John E. Wallace Jr. (ret.)
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association - Randi W. Kochman