Timeline of Milestones for New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law

By NJSBA Staff posted 11-02-2020 11:24



First meeting of the newly created New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law 


Holds statewide Symposium on Professionalism


  • Presents first Professional Lawyer of the Year
  • Adopts Principles of Professionalism to guide lawyers in their practice, and the Lawyer’s Pledge to remind new lawyers of the responsibilities of the profession
  • Recommends Counseling Program that is adopted by the Court for use by county bar associations


Presents first Daniel J. O’Hern Award to recognize an attorney who exhibits integrity, competence, high ethical standards, career achievement and service to the bar and/or community


Coordinates first statewide Professionalism Day programs where continuing legal education programs focusing on ethics and professionalism are held in state and federal courts throughout the state


Presents first Charles J. Hollenbeck Award to recognize a public service attorney who serves the needs of the legal community with diligence, competence and dedication to the profession


Adopts Principles of Judicial Professionalism


Presents first Lighthouse Award to recognize an attorney who has exhibited the utmost professionalism and integrity throughout their legal career and serves as a beacon of inspiration to their colleagues in the legal profession


Endorses the Joint Unified Mentorship Program


Updates Principles of Professionalism, Lawyer’s Pledge and Judicial Principles of Professionalism