Prol is Immediate Past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association

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Contact: Kate Coscarelli 732-937-7548 or [email protected]

Atlantic City: Thomas H. Prol was installed as the immediate past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association at the organization’s annual conference last night at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.  He remains an active member of its executive committee, having concluded a one-year term as the president of the state’s largest professional organization for attorneys.

Prol, a partner with Laddey, Clark & Ryan of Sparta, practices environmental, real property and local government law, as well as business counseling and litigation. He is a frequent lecturer for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, has served as an adjunct professor at both New York Law School and Rutgers University, and will join the adjunct faculty of Seton Hall University School of Law next fall. Prol has been selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars multiple times and was also been selected for inclusion on the national Super Lawyers Business Edition list for environmental law. 

During Prol’s tenure as president, he pursued the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, advocated for fairness and inclusion under the rule of law, promoted the importance of a fair and impartial judicial branch, and was a proponent of ensuring the law is dispensed by trained attorneys bound by ethical requirements. 

“It has been a great privilege in my life to serve as president of the state bar and to advocate on behalf of human dignity, fairness and equality under law. I was proud to stand up and speak out on the matters that affect attorneys, their practices and their clients.  Members of our profession work every day in this noble profession to move our nation toward that ‘more perfect union’ envisioned by our Constitution. The New Jersey State Bar Association has been and will continue to be an important vehicle and catalyst for change,” he said, adding, “Going forward, I will continue to work to improve the justice system, and to protect the rule of law and the independence of the Judiciary.” 

Prol is the first openly gay officer in the state bar’s 118-year history and served the association extensively over a decade. He has been an advocate on civil rights issues, including marriage equality and the New Jersey Anti-bullying Bill of Rights. In addition, he served as vice chairman of the board of Garden State Equality, the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. During his tenure as an 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 bar’s Young Lawyer of the Year in 2004 and that same year was lauded as one of the “magnificent seven” New Jersey 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 degree 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 States 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.