NJSBA installs new slate of officers: Lawrence becomes Association president; McGoughran is president-elect; Carmagnola is immediate past president

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May 19, 2022
For Immediate Release
Contact: Thomas F. Nobile
NEW BRUNSWICK – Jeralyn L. Lawrence took the oath of office on May 19 as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) for the 2022-2023 term, assuming leadership as the legal world unwinds from a pandemic that left a lasting mark on the profession. 
New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner swore-in Lawrence at the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City. A host of Lawrence’s friends, family and colleagues – along with the NJSBA’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees – were on hand to watch the Watchung family law attorney become the 10th woman to lead the Association. 
Lawrence is a managing member and founder of Lawrence Law, a practice devoted to matrimonial, divorce and family law. 
“The ability to advocate and to bring about change is infectious. The power to identify issues within the practice, to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and to present real solutions that are then acted upon and results achieved is incredibly rewarding,” Lawrence said. “I thoroughly enjoy being part of a team that works hard to address issues that affect our lives.”
In addition to Lawrence’s installation, other members of the Executive Committee moved up the succession ladder and were sworn in by Rabner. Each officer holds the position for one year.

• Timothy F. McGoughran became president-elect. He is a family law attorney in Ocean Township.
• William H. Mergner became first vice president. He practices civil litigation in Cedar Knolls.
• Christine A. Amalfe will become second vice president. She is a labor and employment law attorney in Newark.
• Norberto A. Garcia became treasurer. He specializes in medical malpractice law in Jersey City.
• G. Glennon Troublefield, the first black man to join the Executive Committee, became secretary. He specializes civil litigation and intellectual property in Roseland.
• Domenick Carmagnola began a term as immediate past president of the Association.

Under Carmagnola’s leadership, the NJSBA focused on ensuring New Jersey lawyers are supported, informed and have the necessary tools to flourish. It advanced critical legislation, was an important voice on amicus matters, examined the issue of bias and discrimination in both jury selection and the profession and raised alarm bells about the judicial vacancy crisis facing our court system.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve the members as the president of the NJSBA,” Carmagnola said. “I have always had the utmost respect for the bench, the bar, and my colleagues in this profession. But that respect has grown tenfold after working closely with so many smart, talented and committed members who have volunteered their time, expertise and passion to address the critical issues facing the profession.”