For Immediate Release
May 19, 2014
Senior Managing Director, Communications
ATLANTIC CITY: Promising to continue to focus the New Jersey State Bar Association’s energies and resources on protecting the independence of the judicial branch and helping lawyers during the transitions of life while addressing the unmet legal needs of residents, Paris P. Eliades last night became president of the state’s largest organization of lawyers, judges and legal professionals.
Eliades was sworn in at an installation held at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner administered the oath of office for the one-year term.
Eliades said he was humbled to serve as the 116th president of the association, and the first from Sussex County in three decades. He is also the first Greek American to serve as president of the association.
“I was taught that there is no substitute for hard, honest work. The work ethic my family instilled in me and the passion I have for this noble profession fuels my desire to do my utmost to serve the lawyers of this great state,” he said.
During his tenure as president, Eliades will continue to push to guarantee the independence of the Judiciary, including highlighting the issue at the Annual Meeting in Atlantic City this week through educational panels and speeches on everything from the role lawyers and judges played in the Holocaust to how the current political atmosphere affects the independence of judges. He will also focus on helping lawyers who are in professional transition and look for ways to address the justice gap.
"I promise to do everything within my power to make this association proud," he said. “Being a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association is an important part of who I am as an attorney and all of my achievements in the profession. I have witnessed first hand the awesome work of this great association."
In addition to Eliades’s installation, the other members of the executive committee moved up the succession ladder.
Miles S. Winder III became president-elect. He is a solo attorney from Bernardsville.
Thomas H. Prol became first vice president. He is a partner with Laddey, Clark & Ryan in Sparta where he practices environmental and municipal law.
Robert B. Hille became second vice president. He is a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter in Morristown.
John E. Keefe Jr., a civil trial lawyer from Red Bank, became treasurer.
Evelyn Padin became secretary. She is a Jersey City solo practitioner and is the first Latina to become an officer of the association.
Ralph J. Lamparello concluded his term as president of the association and became immediate past president. During that time, he focused the energies of the association on the importance of a fair and impartial judicial system. He wrote and spoke extensively on the issue. In addition, he oversaw the association’s governing body as it approved various resolutions on the issue, include those that called for Rabner’s reappointment and the adoption of a constitutional amendment to say that judges should be reappointed unless they are proven to be unfit. He also convened a Task Force on Judicial Independence, which is comprised of retired judges, lawyers, legal scholars and educators, that is continuing to examine the issue and aims to release a series of recommendations at a future date.