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For immediate release: May 30, 2007
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Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig
Kenneth J. Bossong, Esq., director of the New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, will be awarded the Isaac Hecht Award for Excellence in Client Protection by the National Client Protection Organization (NCPO). The award will be given at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Forum on Client Protection in Chicago on Friday, June 1.
"Ken Bossong has been a pioneer in the field of law client protection and we join him in celebrating this well-deserved recognition," said Stephen W. Townsend, clerk of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
The annual award recognizes a person or an organization whose work in the field of law client protection is distinguished by significant achievement in promoting public trust and confidence in the administration of justice and the integrity of the legal profession. Recipients are recognized for their substantial reimbursement of law clients for eligible losses; the development of programs to prevent or detect attorney misconduct; and significant public information programs for client protection funds, attorneys and clients.
Under Court Rule 1:28 the Fund reimburses clients who have suffered a loss due to dishonest conduct of a member of the New Jersey Bar. The Fund was created as a committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association in 1961. At the request of the Bar, the Fund took its present form in 1969 and has served as a national leader.
After joining the LCFP as counsel in 1980, Bossong was named the Fund's director in 1983. He is the co-founder and the first president of the NCPO, as well as the principal author of the national Standards for Lawyers' Funds for Client Protection that were adopted by the NCPO in 2006. Bossong also served as the first chair of the ABA Advisory Commission on Client Security Funds and as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection. He has co-authored several ABA model rules in the area of client protection. He is a frequent speaker, consultant and author on all aspects of attorney regulation. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers College and a J.D. from Catholic University of America.