May 21, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
NEW BRUNSWICK - Domenick Carmagnola, a Morris County labor and employment law attorney, was sworn in last night as the 123rd president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the state’s largest association of lawyers, judges and legal professionals.
Carmagnola, of Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, said he is honored to serve the members of an organization that is the voice of the New Jersey legal community and does so much to promote diversity and inclusion, foster professionalism, provide educational opportunities, advance access to justice, and encourage participation in voluntary pro bono activities.
“As I stand here tonight, reflecting on what the year ahead will bring for our world, our nation and our profession, I am prepared to make a singular promise to you: In the days ahead, no one will work harder than me, my Executive Committee, our Board of Trustees, our terrific leadership team at the Bar Association led by Angela Scheck, and our dedicate and committed staff, who together make up an incredible organization. On that, I give you my word,” he said,
Carmagnola said the Association in the year ahead would be dedicated to several issues, key among them helping attorneys emerge from the pandemic with the tools to thrive in their practice and well-being.
“After this past year, I know we will need to focus on rolling out of the lockdown and getting back to full speed. Hard work, unity and the strength of the NJSBA’s members are what helped the profession persevere this past year. And as we emerge from a once-in-a-century public health crisis, those qualities are what is going to bring us back – and bring us an improved, more resilient profession. Know this: The NJSBA’s mission in the year ahead will be to help you build back not just to where we were, but better than we were,” Carmagnola said.
He also emphasized the Association’s vow to continue the work of its Pandemic Task Force and Commission on Racial Equity in the Law. Further, he said filling judicial vacancies would be a focus of the Association’s advocacy.
“Our courts are currently facing record numbers of judicial vacancies. That means too few judges at a critically vital chapter in our history. It is truly becoming a crisis. The need is real right now. I say that as someone who is involved in court matters every day and who speaks to judges and lawyers every day…Our courts are regarded as the finest in the nation. It is a strong, independent co-equal branch of government. It cannot be allowed to enter the upcoming rollout and face the impending situation without sufficient resources,” he said.
Carmagnola is a certified civil trial attorney and concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, representing management and individual defendants in both the private and public sector. He has written numerous articles, contributed to several books, and is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment law matters and litigation.
His involvement in the NJSBA is extensive. He has previously served as trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, chair of its Labor and Employment Law Section and editor of the section’s publication. In addition to his NJSBA involvement, he is a former president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Sidney Reitman Labor and Employment Law American Inn of Court.
He lives on Cedar Lake in Denville with his wife, Gabriella, and two sons, Christopher and Michael.