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October 6, 2010

Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of New Jersey Attorneys at the Commission’s Annual Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Frances S. Margolis received the 2010 Daniel J. O’Hern Award. The O’Hern Award is presented annually to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

 

Frances S. Margolis of the Newark firm of Tomkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry will receive the 2010 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. The award is presented annually to a senior member of the bar in recognition of commitment to the highest ideals of the profession, career achievement, and service to the bar and community. Mrs. Margolis will receive the award at the Professionalism Awards Luncheon, to be held on October 6 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

 

Dean Rayman L. Solomon of Rutgers-Camden Law School, the Chair of the commission, describes Frances Margolis as “an outstanding lawyer and true professional who has for decades been an inspiration and mentor to lawyers. She certainly deserves to be recognized by her peers for outstanding contributions to the legal profession, particularly her investment in helping colleagues become the best lawyers possible.”

 

Evelyn R. Storch, of the Harwood Lloyd firm in Hackensack, describes Frances Margolis as a “beacon of excellence who treats her clients with compassion, her causes with zeal, her adversaries with respect and the courts with due deference.”

 

Frances S. Margolis was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 1953 following her graduation from Rutgers University School of Law. She began in private practice with her husband, the late Hon. Harry A. Margolis, who later was appointed a Superior Court judge. She was a founding member of Greenberg Margolis, a firm that flourished under her direction and in which she and her partners were known for fostering a climate of quality and integrity. For the past sixteen years Mrs. Margolis has been Of Counsel with Tomkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry, specializing in the areas of bankruptcy, business and commercial transactions and residential real estate.

 

Mrs. Margolis has long been active in the organized bar, having served as a Trustee of the Essex County Bar Association, as well as a member of numerous committees within the association. She has been recognized by the Debtor-Creditor Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association with an award for Achievement and Contributions to the Bar. Mrs. Margolis is a Trustee and Master in the Bankruptcy Inn of Court of New Jersey, to which she has devoted countless hours to the development of the Inn’s younger members. She has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a distinction that recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the advancement of the legal profession.

 

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a cooperative effort of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the state and federal judiciaries and the state’s three law schools – Seton Hall, Rutgers-Camden, and Rutgers-Newark. The commission seeks to encourage a spirit of professionalism and commitment to high standards of professional conduct among lawyers and judges through educational seminars and related initiatives.

 

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2010 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

 

October 22, 2009

Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of New Jersey Attorneys at the Commission’s Annual Professionalism Awards Luncheon on October 22, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Richard Norris received the 2009 Daniel J. O’Hern Award.   The O’Hern Award is presented annually to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

"He is an outstanding lawyer and true gentleman who has, for years, been a mentor to younger lawyers and a leader of the bar. He certainly deserves to be recognized by his peers for his contributions to the organized bar and community," said Commission Chair Rayman L. Solomon, dean of Rutgers University School of Law in Camden.

Norris, who founded Norris, McLaughlin and Marcus in Bridgewater, will be presented with the award Oct. 22, at the Commission's annual lunch at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. The event will also feature the presentation of Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards to attorneys from across the state.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Robert Clifford will also make a presentation at the event about Justice O’Hern, who died this spring.

Norris said he was overwhelmed by the recognition. He has focused his legal efforts on protecting the rights of his clients and society, he said.

“We’re lawyers. We have certain skills and training and knowledge of legal issues. … We have a responsibility as a profession to protect rights,” he said. “I enjoy the attempt to solve problems whether it’s for people, towns or companies. And you never stop finding something new. That’s a great part of the pleasure.”

Norris, who lives in Bridgewater, has practiced law in New Jersey for over 50 years. He served as President of the Somerset County Bar Association, was the first Public Defender in Somerset County, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Somerset Valley Visiting Nurses Association, the Somerville YMCA, and Temple Sholom.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior.  Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2009 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

In-House Counsel Seminar

In partnership with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the commission presented a series if professionalism seminars for in-house counsel who receive limited licenses to practice law in New Jersey.

Seminars for Recently Appointed Judges

Commission members Richard J. Badolato and Appellate Division Judge Jack C. Lintner presented a program for recently appointed Superior Court and Tax Court judges. The seminar focuses on the need for judges to establish a climate of professionalism by setting a positive example for attorneys and others, respond effectively to abusive conduct by attorneys, and control the courtroom and the litigation process. The seminar included practical advice and the discussion of hypothetical litigation problems that included incidents a judge may face during the course of a trial. Commission Executive Director Charles Hollenbeck and Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg discuss professionalism issues with newly appointed municipal court judges.

Seminars for Newly Admitted Lawyers

Commission representatives participate in Skills and Methods training for newly admitted lawyers. Each professionalism seminar panel includes a Superior Court judge and two lawyers. General professionalism definition and concepts are covered, along with a discussion of hypothetical situations that may confront lawyers during the course of everyday practice. These seminars are offered twice each year at locations across the state.

September 26, 2008

 Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of New Jersey Attorneys at the Commission’s Annual Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 26, 2008 at the New Jersey Law Center. Raymond S. Londa received the 2008 Daniel J. O’Hern Award. The O’Hern Award is presented annually to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

Raymond Londa is a partner in the firm of Londa & Londa in Elizabeth. He has been practicing law in Union County for over forty years. Mr. Londa is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Colgate University and the Pingry School.

Dean Rayman L. Solomon, Chair of the Commission, describes Raymond Londa as “a consummate professional and a true gentleman who is dedicated to the law and to helping improve the profession by his tireless work within the organized bar.” Richard Badolato, former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association said “Ray richly deserves this award because he epitomizes what it means to be a thoroughly competent professional; he has garnered wide respect and admiration from his colleagues in the bar and the bench.”

Raymond Londa is a past president of the Union County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He has long been active in the organized bar and as a member of committees of the state judiciary. Mr. Londa has served on the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and numerous association committees. He is past chair, and current vice-chair, of the Ethics Diversionary Program Committee, and is past chair of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee and the Nominating Committee.

Mr. Londa has been a member of numerous committees appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey including the Character and Fitness Committee, the Disciplinary Oversight Committee and the Professional Responsibility Rules Committee. He currently chairs the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and is past chair of the District XII Ethics Committee.

Mr. Londa is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Counselor in the Richard J. Hughes Inn of Court. He was a recipient of a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, presented jointly by the Commission on Professionalism in the Law and the Union County Bar Association.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2008 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

September 28, 2007

Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of New Jersey Attorneys at the Commission’s Annual Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 28, 2007 at the New Jersey Law Center. Cynthia M. Jacob, Esq. received the 2007 Daniel J. O’Hern Award. The O’Hern Award is presented annually to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

Cynthia Jacob is Senior Counsel, and formerly partner, with Fisher & Phillips of Somerset, a national labor and employment firm. She was a partner and founding member of Collier, Jacob & Mills which merged with her current firm in 2005. Ms. Jacob is a graduate of Yale Law School and Vassar College and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Art History at Rutgers University.

Ms. Jacob is a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and the Somerset County Bar Association. She has long been active in the organized bar and as a member of committees of the state and federal judiciary. She has served on the NJSBA’s Board of Trustees and Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. She has been a member of numerous committees appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey including the Civil Practice Committee, Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, the Committee on Rules of Evidence, and the Character and Fitness Committee. Ms. Jacob has served as chair of the Lawyer’s Advisory Committee of the United States District Court. She is past chair of the District XII Ethics Committee and has served on the boards of Legal Services of New Jersey and the Education Law Center.

Cynthia Jacob is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of federal practice, employment litigation and rainmaking and has appeared before audiences of lawyers and judges, including the Conference of Chief Justices. She has been honored frequently for her achievements and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, and New Jersey Superlawyers. Her legal ability and bar leadership has resulted in awards from Legal Services of New Jersey, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Woman’s Political Caucus of New Jersey and the Commission on Professionalism in the Law and Somerset County Bar Association, which jointly presented her with a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior.Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2007 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

October 13, 2006
Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of New Jersey Attorneys at the Commission’s Annual Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 13, 2006 at the New Jersey Law Center. Albert Burstein of Hackensack received the 2006 Daniel J. O’Hern Award and attorneys nominated by their county and specialty bar associations were recognized with Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.
 

Albert Burstein of Hackensack received the 2006 Daniel J. O’Hern Award for commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

A partner in the Hackensack law firm of Herten, Burstein, Sheridan, Cevasco, Bottinelli & Harz, Burstein has practiced law for over five decades. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Council of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He is a past Master of the Morris Pashman Inn of Court, and in 1999 was named Professional Lawyer of the Year by the Bergen County Bar Association and the Commission.

Burstein served in the New Jersey General Assembly for ten years, including a term as Majority Leader. During this time he was instrumental in the study and passage of legislation concerning education, probate reform, ethics and the budgeting process. His interest in the legislative process continued in service as the chair, and now member, of the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, and as a member of the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Mr. Burstein is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Council of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He is a past member of the Bergen County Ethics Committee, and he is a past Master in the Morris Pashman Inn of Court. In 1993 he received the Bergen County Bar Association’s Lawyer Achievement Award, and in 1999 was named Professional Lawyer of the Year by the county bar association and the Commission on Professionalism in the Law.

Mr. Burstein’s interest in education is reflected in his past service on numerous boards and commissions, including the Development Board at Jersey City State College, the Board of Trustees of Bergen Community College, as Chair of the Education Funding Review Commission, and as a member of the Education Commission of the States.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2006 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

October 6, 2005
Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of New Jersey attorneys at the commission’s Annual Professionalism Awards Luncheon on October 6, 2005 at the New Jersey Law Center. Mary Jean Gallagher received the Daniel J. O’Hern Award, and attorneys nominated by their county and specialty bar associations were recognized with Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards. U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie delivered the keynote address.
 

Mary Jean Gallagher of Upper Montclair received the 2005 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law for commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

Gallagher is a solo practitioner in Bloomfield who has specialized in family law for the past twenty-nine years. She served as president of the Essex County Bar Association in 1990-1991 and held numerous positions within the association including chair of the Family Law Committee and chair of the Individual Rights Committee. In 2000 Gallagher received the Trial Bar Award from the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. In 1998 she was selected by the Commission on Professionalism in the Law and the Essex County Bar Association for a Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.

Gallagher has long been active in the New Jersey State Bar Association and has held leadership positions in the Women’s Rights Section and General Council. She currently serves on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. Gallagher also has a distinguished record of serving the New Jersey judiciary, having been a member of numerous Supreme Court appointed committees, including the District Ethics Committee, the Committee on Character, the Committee on Media Relations, the Committee on Gender Bias, and the Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct.

In addition to her law related achievements, Gallagher served for over a decade on the Board of Directors of Community Health Care of New Jersey and sat on the Essex County Advisory Board on the Status of Women, including a term as vice-chair.

Gallagher is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s Academy in North Plainfield, and Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Masters of Law from New York University.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2005 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

September 30, 2004
Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of attorney honorees at its annual Professionalism Luncheon and Awards Ceremony held on September 30, 2004 at the New Jersey Law Center. The Commission presented its Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards and Daniel J. O’Hern Award at the event. U.S. District Court Judge Katharine S. Hayden delivered the keynote address.

NJSBA Past President Adrian M. "Bud" Foley Jr. was presented with the 2004 Daniel J. O’Hern Award in recognition of his commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the profession and community.

Foley is a partner in Connell Foley LLP in Roseland, and served as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association in 1964-1965. He has long been active in the American Bar Association where he served on the Board of Governors and in the House of Delegates. He was the first New Jersey attorney to serve as chair of the ABA’s largest entity, the Section on Litigation.

Foley is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel, and a member of the American Law Institute. In 2001, he received the Essex County Bar Association award for lifetime achievement.

A native of North Dakota, Foley is a decorated veteran of World War II where he served in the Army Air Corps. He graduated from Columbia Law School and was admitted to the bar of New Jersey in 1948. He was elected Surrogate of Essex County at age 32, and later served as the presiding officer at New Jersey’s Fourth Constitutional Convention. He was appointed by Governor William Cahill as the first treasurer and chief financial officer of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and was reappointed to that post by Governor Brendan Byrne. Foley was instrumental in devising the bond issue that generated funding for Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack.

Foley has served on the boards of trustees for many educational institutions, including Seton Hall University, Columbia Law School and St. Peter’s College. He was the first recipient of Seton Hall’s All University Award, and has also been honored by St. Benedict’s Prep.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2004 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

June 4, 2004
Promoting Professionalism Conference Attracts Bar Leaders

On June 4, 2004 the Commission held a conference designed to provide leaders of bar associations and inns of court with ideas about how to encourage professionalism among members, and the bar in general.

Justice Barry Albin of the Supreme Court of New Jersey was the opening speaker and he indicated that the Court strongly supports bar and bench efforts to improve the professional climate within New Jersey’s legal community. He stressed that the most important message that can be imparted to young lawyers is that civility and upright professional behavior are keys to a successful practice. He recounted his own experience during a lengthy and contentious jury trial involving out-of-state counsel. Despite the antics if his adversaries he came away with the most significant jury award of his career.

After Justice Albin spoke, a panel of county bar association representatives (consisting of Douglas Brierley of the Morris County Bar Association, Dennis Estis of the Middlesex County Bar Association, and Hal Haveson of the Mercer County Bar Association) discussed programs they have undertaken, including:

  • Distribution of the Morris County Bar Association’s code of professionalism by the clerk of the Family Division in mailings to lawyers.
  • A survey of judges perceptions about lawyers by the Morris County Bar Association.
  • A professional mediation program (a version of professionalism counseling recommended by the Commission) of the Middlesex County Ba Association, that not only handles complaints about lawyers, but also handles complaints about judges and court staff. This program is being reviewed by the Supreme Court for possible statewide adoption.
  • Mentoring programs, aimed at young lawyers, adopted by the Middlesex County Bar.
  • An annual bench-bar luncheon sponsored by the Mercer County Bar, attended by all the county’s judges, featuring an ethics and professionalism “play” followed by discussion. 
  • The Mercer Bar also specially honors its Professional Lawyer of the Year Award recipient, a great idea that we should encourage all associations to follow.

The programs were presented as examples of successful professionalism initiatives that can be undertaken by bar associations.

A panel of Inns of Court representatives explained the development and philosophy of the inns movement, and how they train and mentor younger lawyers. Underscoring the inn philosophy is a commitment to professionalism and the core values of the legal profession, such as honesty, fairness, and integrity. Dick Page, director of development for the American Inns of Court was in attendance. The panel consisted of Joel Leyner (Hudson Inn), Frank Petro (Workers Compensation Inn), Bruce Matez (Family Law Inn), and Andrew Turner (Bankruptcy Inn).

The conference concluded with a presentation of a shortened version of the Commission’s "model" professionalism seminar that was presented by the lawyers who worked to develop it (Kevin Michels, Bob Hollingshead Lynn McDougall and Steve Menaker), with the assistance of Assignment Judge Sybil Moses. The seminar is intended for use by bar associations, inns of court, law firms, and law schools and combines a limited amount of lecture with an interactive examination of hypothetical scenarios that illustrate professionalism and ethics problems that often confront lawyers. Based on the conference experience, the seminar will be fine-tuned, and formally released before the end of the year.

January 17, 2004
New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick
Ethics & Professionalism: Playing By The Rules
Presented in Cooperation with the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law

At this practical program, moderated by Charles J. Hollenbeck, Esq., Executive Director of the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, a panel of distinguished judges and lawyers will provide insight on how to handle some of the more trying situations lawyers often confront. Some of the topics include what impresses judges and what turns the off, why zealous representation does not include torching the adversary, recognizing and dealing with ethics problems, why practicing with professionalism makes good sense, and what changes in the ethics rules are coming and how they will affect lawyers. There will also be a discussion of important changes in the Rules of Professional Conduct now pending before the state Supreme Court.

November 25, 2003
Judicial College

Commission representatives, including Chair Richard J. Badolato, Esq., presented two seminars for judges at the November 2003 New Jersey Judicial College. The seminars focused on judge's responsibility to promote professionalism and effectively address obnoxious conduct that disrupts litigation. The seminar panel included seasoned judges and trial lawyers. Topics addressed included disruptive deposition conduct and what to do when courtroom eruptions occur.

October 2, 2003
Professionalism Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law celebrated the achievements of attorney honorees at its annual Professionalism Luncheon and Awards Ceremony held on Oct. 2, 2003 at the New Jersey Law Center. The Commission presented its Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards and Daniel J. O’Hern Award at the event. Chief Judge John W. Bissell of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey delivered the keynote address.

NJSBA Past President Jay H. Greenblatt was presented with the 2003 Daniel J. O’Hern Award in recognition of his commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the profession and community.

Vineland attorney Jay Greenblatt is a partner in the law firm of Greenblatt & Laube and has been practicing law in New Jersey for forty years. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Bar Foundation. Greenblatt is a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and the Cumberland County Bar Association, and has served both organizations in a variety of ways since his admission to the bar. His bar activity includes service on the board of trustees of the NJSBA, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, and New Jersey Lawyer– the Newspaper in addition to participation on numerous committees at both the state and county bar level. Greenblatt was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to sit on the Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics and served for eleven years. In addition to his bar activities, Greenblatt is past chair of the board of directors of Newcomb Health Services and Newcomb Medical Center, and a former member of the board of directors of the South Jersey Health System. In 1998, he received the Equal Justice medal from Legal Services of New Jersey, and in 2002 was honored with the Bishop's Medal from the Diocese of Camden.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers designated by Bar Associations from across the state who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2003 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

October 2, 2003

Bar Presidents Meeting

The Commission met at the Law Center with presidents of county and minority bar associations to discuss grassroots efforts to promote professionalism among lawyers and judges.

December 2002
Ethics and Professionalism Seminars

On December 7 and 14, 2002, Commission Executive Director Charles J. Hollenbeck moderated regional ethics seminars presented by the Commission in cooperation with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. The three-hour programs, “Ethics & Professionalism: Playing By the Rules,” featured lectures and audience involvement through the use of law practice "scenarios" that focused on professional responsibility issues present in everyday practice situations. A panel of judges and lawyers provided insight on how to handle some of the more trying situations lawyers often confront. Some of the topics included what impresses judges and what turns them off, why zealous representation does not include torching the adversary, recognizing and dealing with ethics problems, why practicing with professionalism makes good sense, and what changes in the ethics rules are coming and how they will affect lawyers.

The programs offered CLE credits for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

September 2002
Professionalism Awards

On September 26, 2002, the Commission presented its annual Daniel J. O’Hern Award and the Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards during a luncheon at the New Jersey Law Center. Attorney General David Samson delivered the keynote address.

The Daniel J. O'Hern Award was presented to Alan V. Lowenstein for career achievement and commitment to the highest ideals of professionalism. Lowenstein has been a major figure in New Jersey’s legal community for decades, having founded one the state’s premier firms, Lowenstein Sandler. He played a key role in reforming statues governing banking and corporate law and was an important figure in Newark’s charter reform movement that changed the city’s governmental structure. Long active in community organizations, his efforts helped the development of Liberty State Park and the transformation of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra into a nationally recognized institution.

Professional Lawyer of the Year awards were presented to twenty-six distinguished lawyers designated by bar associations from across the state. The awards recognize lawyers for their outstanding professional conduct, competence and demeanor.  Click here for a list of the recipients of the 2002 Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Chief Justice Poritz presented the awards.

April 2002
Promoting Professionalism

On April 12, 2002, Commission members met with county bar association presidents, officers, executive directors, and a number of assignment judges at the New Jersey Law Center to explore ways to encourage professionalism among the bench and bar.

Chief Justice Deborah Poritz, chair of the Commission, began the half-day conference by urging bar leaders to continue to offer seminars and programs aimed at “teaching, promoting professionalism, and encouraging excellence in the law through continuing legal education.” She also encouraged county bar associations to adopt the Professionalism Counseling Program developed by the Commission.

Currently, fifteen bar associations have adopted the program in some form.

The program also included presentations on education, professionalism counseling, and cooperation with the judiciary. Speakers on these topics included Harold Braff, a member of the national board of directors of the American Inns of Court; Joseph Bottitta, a Commission member and former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association; and Steven Menaker of the Hudson County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee.