For Immediate Release
May 19, 2014
Senior Managing Director, Communications
ATLANTIC CITY: Thomas H. Prol was sworn in last night as first vice president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
He took the oath of office at the association’s annual meeting, held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Prol, who practices with Laddey, Clark & Ryan LLP in Sparta, is on track to become president in 2016.
Prol practices in the firm’s environmental and government affairs group and handles business litigation, in addition to representing municipal entities. He serves as environmental counsel to the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority and was previously an adjunct professor at New York Law School where he taught legal reasoning and writing as well as appellate advocacy.
“Our association is a major force for positive change in New Jersey and it stands up and speaks out on important issues before the courts and Legislature. I am honored to be a part of the state bar leadership and I look forward to continuing the important work we do,” said Prol. He added, “as attorneys, we hold the keys to the courthouse door for so many and help people access justice and pursue their rights. I am proud to be a part of this great, noble tradition.”
Prol, the first openly gay officer in the NJSBA’s history, has served the association extensively and has been a vocal advocate on civil rights issues, including marriage equality and the New Jersey Anti-bullying Bill of Rights. During his tenure as a NJSBA trustee, he represented the association before various New Jersey courts, tribunals and legislative bodies and served on multiple sections and committees in the association. Prol serves as vice chair of the association’s Amicus Committee and sits on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Board on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. He was selected as NJSBA Young Lawyer of the Year in 2004 and was lauded as one of the state’s “magnificent seven” attorneys of the year by the New Jersey Lawyer newspaper the same year.
Prol is a graduate of New York Law School and holds both a Master of Public Health and bachelor’s degrees from Emory University. The son of a medical secretary and a World War II Navy veteran who worked nearly five decades as a union bricklayer, he grew up and resides in Sussex County.