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October 4, 2011

Professionalism Awards Luncheon:

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law held its annual awards luncheon at the Pines Manor in Edison on October 4. Carl D. Poplar of Cherry Hill received the Daniel J. O’Hern Award in recognition of his commitment to the highest ideals of the profession, career achievement and service to the bar and community.

Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards were presented to lawyers selected by bar associations across the state in recognition of their outstanding character, competence and exemplary professional conduct. Click here (PDF) for a list of the recipients of the 2011 Professional lawyer of the Year Awards.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The 2006 Daniel J. O’Hern Award is presented for commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community.

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, for commitment to professionalism, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community 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.

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.

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.

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 provided 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 was a discussion of important changes in the Rules of Professional Conduct now pending before the state Supreme Court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The program also included presentations on education, professionalism counseling, and cooperation with the judiciary.