Robert D. Pitt, chief of special civil part services in the civil practice division at the Administrative Office of the Courts, has been awarded the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration from the New Jersey State Bar Association.
The award was created to recognize outstanding efforts by individuals in the legal community who assist in fulfilling the mission statements of the NJSBA and that of the Judicial Administration Committee in the area of judicial administration.
Pitt has worked primarily with the NJSBA and its Special Civil Part Committee, appearing at meetings and NJSBA programs throughout the years. He helped produce the 1999 Symposium on Technology in which where he shared the New Jersey Judiciary's plans to start electronic filing in the Special Civil Part.
Pitt’s position requires performance of a variety of legal and administrative functions, including planning, implementation and supervision of programs such as electronic filing; liaison with judges, court staff, practitioners and the public; and supervision of staff.
Pitt earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University and his law degree from the Boston University School of Law.
Nominations for the award are solicited from members of the Judicial Administration Committee and members of the NJSBA Board of Trustees and the NJSBA. Once received, the Judicial Administration Committee reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the NJSBA Executive Committee. The recipient does not have to be an attorney or a NJSBA member.
The award was presented last year to the late Martin L. Haines, retired assignment judge in Burlington Vicinage, and Ted Fetter, retired deputy administrative director of the courts.