The New Jersey State Bar Association honored several legislators at a statehouse ceremony today.
At the gathering, Association President Paris P. Eliades presented the Robert B. Meyner Award to legislators who sponsored and supported the successful effort to reform the state’s alimony laws.
“These legislators played an important role in the successful effort to bring New Jersey residents fair and thoughtful alimony laws,” said Eliades. “This historic change was a much-needed update to provide the legal system and the people we serve realistic and balanced laws that preserve judicial discretion and fairness in alimony awards.”
The honorees were: Senators Anthony R. Bucco, Nicholas P. Scutari and Robert W. Singer, and Assembly members Craig J. Coughlin, Thomas P. Giblin, Angelica M. Jimenez, Sean T. Kean, Pamela R. Lampitt, Charles Mainor, John F. McKeon, Troy Singleton and Benjie E. Wimberly.
In addition to the ceremony, the association hosted a Town Hall Advocacy seminar program. The event focused on ethics in state government and explored the ethical and compliance issues attorneys and executive and legislative branch state government staff face on a daily basis.
At the seminar, held at the Trenton War Memorial, trio of panels, featuring attorneys, judges, legislators and key Trenton decision-makers, examined the administrative challenges and ethical requirements associated with lobby disclosure laws, campaign finance, including pay-to-play rules, and the ethical standards members of executive and legislative branches of government must follow. The program also touched upon ethical obligations attorneys interacting with public officials and legislative staff must adhere to, and how the New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct apply.