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Rocky L. Peterson to Succeed Lee M. Hymerling As Chair of Disciplinary Review Board

For immediate release: March 14, 2001
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Trenton, NJ...; The New Jersey Supreme Court today announced the appointment of Princeton attorney Rocky L. Peterson as chair of the state's Disciplinary Review Board (DRB) effective April 1.

Peterson succeeds Lee M. Hymerling, whose final term expires on March 31, 2001, after 15 years of Board membership. Appointed chair in 1995, Hymerling will oversee his last Board meeting March 15. Peterson joined the Board in 1991 and became vice chair in 2000. He is a partner with Hill Wallack in Princeton.

The Supreme Court praised the contributions both individuals have made to New Jersey's attorney disciplinary system.

"I am pleased to welcome Rocky Peterson as chair of the Disciplinary Review Board," said Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz. "His knowledge, integrity and concern for others is well known. As he accepts this leadership role, the people of our state will be the beneficiaries of his dedication to the best in our profession.

"At the same time, it is difficult to image the Board without the lively intelligence and compassionate leadership of Lee Hymerling," said the Chief Justice. "During the last 15 years, Lee has helped redefine the standards for attorney conduct in our state. He has been a friend of attorneys unfairly accused and a defender of the high ethical standards for our profession. He is a gentleman and scholar, and will be greatly missed by all who have had the pleasure to work with him over the years."

Peterson is partner-in-charge of Hill Wallack's School and Municipal Law practice groups. He formerly served as director of the City of Trenton's Law Department and as chief legal advisor for the mayor.

A graduate of Cornell University, Peterson received a degree in law from Cornell University Law School where he served as director of the Criminal Division of the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic. A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, he has served as chair of both the NJSBA Minorities in the Profession and Bar and Law School Liaison Committees. He is active in numerous professional and community organizations.

Hymerling is a shareholder and the matrimonial law department chair with Archer & Greiner, P.C., with offices in Haddonfield, Flemington and Princeton, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa. He served as co-chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court's Special Committee on Matrimonial Litigation.

Hymerling is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court's Family Part Practice Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on General Procedures and Rules. He has also served on the Supreme Court's Committee on Judicial Education, Complementary Dispute Resolution Committee and Professional Responsibility Rules Committee. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, where he serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section and is a former section chair.

The DRB is the intermediate appellate body of New Jersey's attorney disciplinary system. The DRB's decisions to impose discipline are final in all cases (subject to Supreme Court confirmation) with the exception of recommendations for disbarment. The DRB also hears appeals from dismissals following investigation or hearing.

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