MEL NAROL EXCELLENCE
IN DIVERSITY AWARD
History of the award and criteria:
Commemorating Mel Narol’s commitment to the work of and enthusiastic support of the Task Force on Diversity, the Diversity Award is presented to those members of the NJSBA who have spearheaded inclusion and made strides for women and minority lawyers.
Mel was a "charter" member of the Task Force and worked especially on the project to make the diversity effort within the NJSBA a permanent order of business. With Mel’s leadership, what began as a small “task force” has grown into permanent "standing committee status." The members of the Task Force on Diversity turned to Mel for his keen insight on the NJSBA, as an organization, and sought his advice on a variety of philosophical and logistical issues.
Through Mel’s leadership, enthusiasm and impetus, the first Specialty Bar Summit was underwritten by the NJSBA in, what Mel characterized as, “a necessary show of support” for diversity initiatives. Mel felt strongly that the NJSBA should be at the forefront of inclusion, strategically, for the sake of the development of membership, and because it was simply the right and most natural thing to do for today and the future.
Naming this award in his honor commemorates and celebrates Mel’s work on the Diversity Task Force, his collegiality and his unswerving kindness.
Past Recipients --
2016 - Julien X. Neals / Evan Wolfson
2015 – Saul A. Wolfe
2014 – Hon. Alberto Rivas
2013 – Hon. Esther Salas
2012 – Karol Corbin Walker
2011 – Paulette Brown / Hon. Shirley Tolentino
2010 – Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Inc.
2009 – Hon. Anne E. Thompson
2008 – Raymond M. Brown
2007 – Acting Dean Ronald K. Chen
2006 – Zulima V. Farber
2005—Hon. Joseph Rodriguez
2004—Rutgers Law School—Minority Students Program
2003—Hon. James Coleman and posthumously to Mel Narol
2002—Stanley Van Ness
2001—Raymond M. Brown
2000—Hon. Marie Garibaldi
1999—Cynthia M. Jacob and Karol Corbin Walker