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

Robert B. Meyner Award

On May 17, 2006 the NJSBA Board of Trustees voted to support the creation of the Robert B. Meyner Award, as an association-wide legislative award to legislators and other government officials. The Robert B. Meyner Award is presented to government officials and non-members for outstanding advocacy service to the Association. The award was first presented at the first annual NJSBA Day in Trenton on March 3, 2008.
 

 

PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

The State Bar Association recognizes the outstanding and exemplary efforts of members of the State Legislature and the Executive Branch, in advancing the Association’s advocacy efforts and mission before governmental bodies, including the Legislature, Executive Branch and Judiciary.

The procedure for selecting an award recipient is as follows:

  • The NJSBA’s Legal Affairs, Judicial Administration, and Government Affairs Departments maintain a record of person(s) who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Association’s mission.
  • The names of suggested nominees are forwarded to the Executive Director.
  • The Executive Director, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, selects the award recipient(s).

CRITERIA FOR RECEIVING THE AWARD
 

  1. The awardee’s superior efforts advanced the State Bar Association’s stated mission which, in part, reads:  “To serve as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, government entities and the public with regard to the law, legal profession and legal system.”
  2. The awardee’s outstanding contribution related to a matter on which the State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees has taken a position, and which is vital to the NJSBA’s interests.
  3. The awardee has made outstanding contributions to the furtherance of the New Jersey State Bar Association mission, especially with respect to advocacy before the Executive Branch, Legislature and/or Judiciary.
  4. The awardee may be a member of the NJSBA.  Membership in the NJSBA is not a prerequisite to be nominated to receive the award.


2013 ROBERT B. MEYNER AWARD RECIPIENTS
(DISTRIBUTED ON MARCH 18, 2013 AT NJSBA DAY IN TRENTON)

The Honorable Christopher J. Connors for sponsorship and support of legislation that safeguards the rights of serviceperson parents who must periodically relinquish custody of their children to fulfill their military duties.

The Honorable Stephen M. Sweeney for sponsorship and support of legislation which would standardize the statute of limitations for professional malpractice in New Jersey and legislation which would modernize the New Jersey Judiciary with an E-Court.

The Honorable Peter J. Barnes, III for leadership in connection with legislation that would modernize the New Jersey Judiciary with an E-Court and provide funding for Legal Services of New Jersey.

The Honorable Jon M. Bramnick for leadership as Assembly Minority Leader and for making himself accessible with regard to legislation of concern to the NJSBA.

The Honorable John J. Burzichelli for sponsorship and support for legislation modernizing practices of administrative law judges and the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, which was recently enacted into law.

The Honorable Vincent Prieto for leadership in sponsoring NJSBA-drafted professional malpractice legislation.

The Honorable Annette Quijano for leadership in sponsoring spendthrift trust and unlawful practice of law legislation.

 

2008 ROBERT B. MEYNER AWARD RECIPIENTS
(DISTRIBUTED ON MARCH 3, 2008 AT NJSBA DAY IN TRENTON)

Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen for his support of Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) funding.

Senator Robert E. Littell for his staunch support of LSNJ.

Senator John H. Adler for his advocacy and sponsorship of P.L. 2007, c. 261, which reconciles the Wrongful Death Act with the Uniform Probate Code. This new law was advanced by the State Bar Association's Civil Trial Bar Section and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ).

Senator Nia H. Gill for her advocacy and sponsorship of a new law creating a cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences, P.L.2007, c.6, and for her advocacy to oppose S-2653, which would extend for an additional three years the $75 attorney assessment to the Medical Liability Insurance Premium Assistance Fund.

Senator Nicholas P. Scutari for his advocacy and sponsorship of a new law creating a cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences, P.L.2007, c.6, and for his advocacy to oppose S-2653, which would extend for an additional three years the $75 attorney assessment to the Medical Liability Insurance Premium Assistance Fund.

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L. 2007, c. 6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.

Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L. 2007, c. 6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.

Assemblyman Joseph Vas for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L. 2007, c. 6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.

Assemblyman Reed  Gusciora for his  advocacy and sponsorship of a new, NJSBA-drafted law, P.L. 2007, c. 261, which reconciles the Wrongful Death Act with the Uniform Probate Code and for his sponsorship and leadership in enacting P.L. 2007, c. 6, which created a new cause of action for divorce based on irreconcilable differences