For Immediate Release
February 14, 2014
Senior Managing Director, Communications
New Brunswick - A former Supreme Court justice and a veteran civil trial lawyer will be honored for their achievements in the field at the 2014 McLaughlin Awards Dinner this week.
The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Civil Trial Bar Section will celebrate the professional accomplishments of former Supreme Court Justice Helen E. Hoens and Haddonfield litigator Michael P. Madden. John J. Farmer Jr., senior vice president and general counsel to Rutgers University, will be the keynote speaker.
The event will be held Feb. 20 at the Hyatt in New Brunswick.
Civil Trial Bar Section Chair William H. Mergner Jr. said both honorees have enriched the profession.
“Justice Hoens exemplifies all of the best qualities one would look for in a judge. She was in every sense a lawyer’s dream as a trial judge and as a justice of our Supreme Court. She is extremely intelligent, was thoughtful in her rulings and writings, and was a tireless jurist. She treated everyone who ever came before her with respect and courtesy, and recognized how important cases were to the litigants. She possesses great humility, which came through clearly in the way she administered cases before her at the trial level and through the manner in which she addressed issues brought before the Supreme Court. Anyone who ever had the good fortune of appearing before her was made better by the experience,” said Mergner.
Michael Madden is a true professional in every sense of the word, he added.
“His quiet demeanor is backed up by the quarterback’s confidence he developed through his college career. He is both a polite and fierce advocate, who possesses that rare quality of being able to compete at the highest level in a courtroom, yet remains someone you would want to have dinner or a drink with when the battle is over. He has a sharp mind, a quick wit, excellent courtroom skills, and goes through great pains to do a difficult job in a manner that fosters the sense of collegiality all too often lacking in our profession,” Mergner said.