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For Immediate Release

05/21/12

Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications

732-937-7548

Thomas H. Prol Becomes Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK: A three-term trustee became secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association last week. Thomas Hoff Prol was sworn in on May 17 at the Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata in Atlantic City. He is on track to become president in 2017.

During his tenure as an NJSBA trustee, Prol represented the Association before various New Jersey courts, tribunals and legislative bodies. He was selected as NJSBA’s Young Lawyer of the Year in 2004 and, that same year, lauded as one of the state’s “magnificent seven” attorneys of the year by the New Jersey Lawyer newspaper. Prol serves as vice-chair of the Association’s Amicus Curiae Committee and has participated in numerous of the Association’s filings. He currently sits as the NJSBA’s representative on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Board on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education; he is also a member of the Association’s Finance and Operations and Legislative committees.

Prol is a founding member and past chair of the Association’s committee advocating for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people and, later, oversaw that committee’s transition to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section. He is on track to serve as the first openly-gay person to serve as president of the state bar.  He has described his leadership style as one centered on the ideas of diplomacy and transparency.

Prol was born in Passaic County and grew up in Sussex County, the son of a mental health care professional and a World War II Navy veteran who worked almost five decades as a bricklayer. His parents instilled in him a moral obligation and a passion to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, he said. Prol shared festivities during the week with his parents, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the day after he assumed his Secretary duties. 

Prol has a legal practice background that includes representation of public entities and work in the areas of environmental law, consumer rights and general litigation. He was previously named to the New Jersey Law Journal “40 Under 40” list and has been selected for inclusion on the list of Thomson-Reuters Super Lawyers for the past two years. “I am humbled by this opportunity and am proud to be able to continue speak up on behalf of our membership,” said Prol, adding, “As attorneys, we have keys to the courthouse doors to help people access justice and pursue their rights like no others.”