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Kate Coscarelli

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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