ATLANTIC CITY -- Sparta lawyer Paris P. Eliades is the immediate past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He took the oath of office on May 14 at the Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa in Atlantic City.
Eliades said serving as president of the state’s largest organization of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals was the pinnacle of his professional career.
“It has been a sprint. From the moment I was sworn-in in Atlantic City last May, I felt like I was shot out of a cannon. This has been an amazing year, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I will always cherish. What an honor and privilege it has been to represent the 18,000-plus members of our association. In many respects coming from a small county and being in a small firm added to the experience in an unexpected positive way,” said Eliades.
Eliades said he is proud of what the association has accomplished during his year as president. Among those achievements were: leading a successful campaign to raise over 300,000 meals for New Jersey residents without enough to eat; the establishment of the Lawyers in Transition Committee, which tapped into a population of attorneys who needed assistance managing life’s transitions; convincing the Supreme Court to drop a requirement that attorneys always carry signed documentation allowing them to use electronic devices in court; and the creation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Unmet Legal Needs, which is examining how to connect residents who cannot afford the customary legal fees with underemployed or unemployed lawyers in the state.
Eliades has been a member of the NJSBA Board of Trustees since 1997. He is a member of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments, Finance and Operations, Meeting Arrangements and Program, and Membership and Public Relations committees. Additionally, he is active with the Family Law and Municipal Court Practice sections. He also serves on the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Oversight Committee and is a former president of the Hellenic-American Bar Association.
Eliades focuses on family law, litigation and criminal defense. He is married and has three children.
He said it was a privilege to serve as the 116th president of the association.
“If the lives of lawyers in our great state have been enriched in the past year by even a fraction, then I will consider my journey a success. I know that I have been enriched by this experience beyond words,” said Eliades.