Winners of NJICLE Clapp Award, Distinguished Service Awards to be honored

By NJSBA Staff posted 05-31-2019 12:01


The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) will present the 2018-2019 Alfred C. Clapp and Distinguished Service awards to the winners at a reception on June 17. The awards recognize individuals’ service and contributions to legal education.

David Rubin, of David B. Rubin, PC, in Metuchen, and a longtime speaker and supporter of NJICLE, will be honored with the Clapp Award.

The award has been given each year since 1992 to a member of the New Jersey legal community who exemplifies excellence in continuing legal education. The institute is the educational arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).

Rubin has spoken at more than 50 seminars, and for many years was a presenter of the professional responsibility segment of the now-defunct Basic Skills program. Since 2004, Rubin has served as a program coordinator for NJICLE’s annual School Law Conference, the state’s leading school law program.

Additionally, Rubin has led the Intro to School Law program at NJICLE, and was a speaker at special education law and administrative law programs for many years.

“He is truly a friend of NJICLE and a positive example for others in the profession,” according to his nomination.

Four recipients who devoted their time, energy and expertise to NJICLE and the NJSBA will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award.

Retired Appellate Division Judge Marie Lihotz has been a devoted speaker at NJICLE for more than 20 years, with most of her seminars focusing on family law-related topics. State Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez has been a longtime NJICLE speaker on criminal law topics and participated in the annual Criminal Law College.

Lawrence A. Friedman, of Friedman Law, in Bridgewater, has spoken at more than 50 seminars over the last 20 years. Since 1998, he has organized and moderated the annual Sophisticated Elder Law Conference. Steven W. Suflas, of Ballard Spahr, LLP, in Cherry Hill and Denver, and a former NJSBA trustee, has been an instrumental contributor to the Labor and Employment Law Forum for more than 20 years.