Atlantic City: Thomas Prol was installed as president-elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association at the organization’s annual meeting on May 14 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Prol, a partner with Laddey, Clark & Ryan of Sparta, is on track to become state bar president in 2016, making him the third attorney from Sussex County to do so in the organization’s 116-year history.
Prol practices environmental, real property and local government law as well as business counseling and litigation. Prol is a frequent lecturer for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and has served as an adjunct professor at both New York Law School and Rutgers University. He has been selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars multiple times and was also selected for inclusion on the national Super Lawyers Business Edition list for environmental law.
“Our association is a major force for positive change in New Jersey,” said Prol. “As attorneys we help citizens pursue justice and that makes me proud to be a part of this noble tradition.”
Prol is the first openly gay leader in state bar history and has served the association extensively for well over a decade. He has been a vocal advocate on civil rights issues including marriage equality and the New Jersey Anti-bullying Bill of Rights. In addition, he has served as vice chairman of the board of Garden State Equality, the state’s leading LGBT civil rights. During his tenure as a NJSBA trustee, Prol represented the association before various New Jersey courts, tribunals and legislative bodies while serving on multiple sections and committees. He was named the state’s “Young Lawyer of the Year” in 2004 and that same year was lauded as one of the “magnificent seven” NJ attorneys of the year by New Jersey Lawyer newspaper.
In addition to being licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York and before numerous federal district and appellate courts including the United State Supreme Court, Prol is a graduate of New York Law School and holds both a Master of Public Health and Bachelor’s degrees from Emory University. Prior to law school, he worked as an environmental scientist and enforcement officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served two years as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal and has held externships with the United State’s Attorney’s Office in the eastern district of New York, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, CNN, and the Carter Presidential Center.
Prol is a long-time resident of Sussex County; he is the son of a medical secretary and a World War II Navy veteran who worked nearly five decades as a union bricklayer.