May 15, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Wendy Solomon
NEW BRUNSWICK - Kimberly A. Yonta was sworn in last night to serve as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) at its 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. The NJSBA is the state’s largest association of judges, lawyers and legal professionals.
Yonta, a former Association trustee, is a New Brunswick practitioner who concentrates in criminal trial advocacy and municipal criminal matters. In her speech, she acknowledged the challenging pandemic and economic crisis. “You are not alone. The New Jersey State Bar Association is the guiding force that advocates for and unites the legal community during this turbulent time. You can look to the Association as a beacon that will help us navigate these rocky waters and see us safely to shore,” she said.
Yonta said she would focus the Association’s efforts on promoting access to the justice system, which includes matching attorneys with members of the public who qualify for reduced-fee legal services through Legal Edge, the NJSBA’s new platform under development, and by protecting the public by advocating against non-lawyers providing legal services. Yonta said she would also place a renewed focus on the Young Lawyers Division, creating ways to connect them with mentors and firms and by developing a new series, with county bar associations, to teach them trial skills; and bring attention to the well-being needs of all attorneys.
Yonta has extensive experience in the Association. She is a past chair of the Criminal Law and Women in the Profession sections, has previously chaired the Lawyers in Transition and Finance and Operations committees, and is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division. Yonta is a member of several other Association groups, including the Amicus, Finance and Operations, Government and Public Sector Lawyers, and Meetings Arrangements and Program committees; and has served as the Association’s representative to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committees on Model Criminal Jury Charges and Jury Selection. She is a recipient of the Solo Small-Firm Lawyer of the Year Award for her work related to lawyers in transition, and received a 2018 Legislative Service Award for efforts on the veterans diversion program.
Yonta is also a trustee with the Middlesex County Bar Association.
She is married to former NJSBA Trustee Craig M. Aronow. They live in East Brunswick with their two daughters, Abigail and Madeline.