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For immediate release: September 23, 2008
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig
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Volunteers in Attorney Ethics System Conclude Terms of Service

The Supreme Court will issue certificates thanking 99 volunteers who are concluding their four-year terms on the state's 17 district ethics committees, announced David E. Johnson Jr., director of the Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE). The district ethics committees investigate and prosecute ethics cases involving New Jersey attorneys.

"Because of your selfless and untiring contribution of time and talent in the performance of your duties, the Judiciary, the legal profession and the citizens of New Jersey are assured a higher degree of accountability, legal competence and ethical conduct from those who serve the public in the practice of law," the certificate reads in part.

Currently there are 507 attorneys and public members who volunteer on the committees. Please see the attached list for the names and hometowns of the departing members.

The district ethics committees are made up of attorneys and public members. Attorney members investigate and, if necessary, prosecute grievances docketed with the committee. Public members serve together with two attorneys on three-member panels that decide cases where formal complaints have been filed after investigations.

The state's 17 DECs are overseen by the OAE. Any recommended sanction recommended by the panel is reviewed by the state's Disciplinary Review Board. Final discipline is imposed by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which reviews sanctions recommended from below.

The OAE maintains a comprehensive Web site, which can be accessed through the Judiciary Web site at njcourtsonline.com. In addition, clients wishing to file a grievance can call the automated OAE hotline at 1-800-406-8594. Callers need to enter the attorney's office zip code to receive contact information for the secretary of the appropriate district committee.

The Supreme Court imposed final discipline on 121 attorneys last year. In addition, the Court issued 37 emergent sanctions to protect the public while discipline charges were pending.

DISTRICT ETHICS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

District I
(Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties)

               Bonnie L. Laube, Esq., Chair of Vineland
               Carmine J. Taglialatella, Esq. of Pleasantville
               Samantha S. Wolf, Esq. of Linwood

District IIA
(Bergen County - North)

               Salvatore A. Giampiccolo, Esq., Chair of Ridgewood
               Anthony N. Iannarelli, Jr., Esq. of Ridgewood

District IIB
(Bergen County - South)

               Doris J. Newman, Esq., Chair of Hackensack
               Priscilla M. Boggia, Esq. of Ridgefield
               David Edelberg, Esq. of Hackensack
               Deborah M. Gross-Quatrone, Esq. of Saddle Brook
               Donna Russo, Esq. of Hackensack
               Salvador H. Sclafani, Esq. of Hackensack

District IIIA
(Ocean County)

               Lynne A. Dunn, Esq., Chair of Toms River
               Joseph D. Grisanti, Esq. of Jackson
               Stacey D. Kerr, Esq. of Toms River
               Louise Marie Cole of Toms River

District IIIB
(Burlington County)

               Frances Ann Hartman, Esq., Chair of Moorestown
               Steven R. Cohen, Esq. of Mount Laurel
               Karen M. Murray, Esq. of Delran
               Joseph M. Pinto, Esq. of Moorestown
               Susan K. Geary of Florence
               Patricia A. Thomas of Mt. Holly

District IV
(Camden and Gloucester Counties)

               Lisa B. Baughman, Esq. of Marlton
               Robert N. Braverman, Esq. of Cherry Hill
               Linda W. Eynon, Esq. of Trenton
               Richard L. Goldstein, Esq. of Cherry Hill
               Robert G. Harbeson, Esq. of Haddonfield
               Leah M. Morris, Esq. of Trenton
               Efrain Nieves, Esq. of Camden
               Steven J. Richardson, Esq. of Woodbury
               Lisa J. Rodriguez, Esq. of Haddonfield
               Martin H. Abo of Voorhees
               Rhea Weinberg Brekke of Voorhees

District VA
(Essex County - Newark)

               Robert D. Kuttner, Esq., Chair of Millburn
               David A. Cohen, Esq. of Newark
               Irvin M. Freilich, Esq. of Newark
               Mark Todd Galante, Esq. of Newark
               Anthony J. Laura, Esq. of Newark
               Nayna Patel of Newark

District VB
(Essex County - Suburban Essex)

               Michael R. Spar, Esq., Chair of West Orange
               Denise Mullens Carter, Esq. of East Orange
               Novlet M. Lawrence, Esq. of East Orange
               Bonnie J. Granatir of Livingston

District VC
(Essex County - West Essex)

               William Seth Greenberg, Esq., Chair of West Orange
               Thomas James Cannon, III, Esq. of New York
               J. Craig Dickson, III, Esq. of Upper Montclair
               Sandra Escobar Gabriele, Esq. of Bloomfield
               JoAnne Giger, Esq. of Roseland
               Gregory G. Lotz, Esq. of Montclair
               Deborah Boone-Coy of Newark
               Anthony J. Cervasio of Nutley

District VI
(Hudson County)

               Charles M. D'Amico, Esq., Chair of Secaucus
               Richard D. DeVita, Esq. of Hoboken
               Susan A. McCurrie, Esq. of Kearny
               Vincent J. Militello, Esq. of Short Hills
               Donna R. Newman, Esq. of Jersey City
               Nancy A. Skidmore, Esq. of Secaucus
               Peter M. Weiner, Esq. of Secaucus

District VII
(Mercer County)

               Elizabeth Walsh Kreger, Esq., Chair of Lawrenceville
               Charles J. Casale, Jr., Esq. of Trenton
               Matthew V. DelDuca, Esq. of Princeton
               Robert Loyd Grundlock, Jr., Esq. of Princeton
               Robert S. Rothenberg, Esq. of Princeton
               Betty Yan, Esq. of Princeton

District VIII
(Middlesex County)

               Eileen M. Foley, Esq., Chair of North Brunswick
               Jennifer L. Bradshaw Grosso, Esq. of Princeton
               Timothy M. Casey, Esq. of Woodbridge
               Robert H. Goodwin, Esq. of New Brunswick
               Mary A. Pidgeon, Esq. of Princeton
               Jonathan P. Cowles of Colts Neck

District IX
(Monmouth County)

               Joanne S. Nadell, Esq., Chair if Shrewsbury
               Elias Abilheira, Esq. of Freehold
               Gregg M. Hobbie, Esq. of Shrewsbury
               Janice J. Venables, Esq. of Manasquan
               Dolores Pegram Wilson, Esq. of Freehold
               Carol Ann Roche, Ph.D. of Spring Lake

District XA
(East Morris/Sussex Counties)

               Catherine M. Brown, Esq., Chair of Morristown
               William O. Crutchlow, Esq. of Edison
               Marie Saks of Denville

District XB
(West Morris/Sussex Counties)

               Robert W. McAndrew, Esq. of Morristown
               Edgar M. Whiting, Esq. of Parsippany

District XI
(Passaic County)

               Jeffrey James Trapanese, Esq., Chair of Little Falls
               Patricia M. Petro, Esq. of Wayne
               John D. Pogorelec, Jr., Esq. of Clifton
               A. W. Sala, Jr., Esq. of Clifton

District XII
(Union County)

               Anthony J. LaRusso, Esq., Chair of Westfield
               Jane M. Coviello, Esq. of Paramus
               Richard S. Elmiger, Esq. of Summit
               Eric G. Kahn, Esq. of Springfield
               Cindy K. Miller, Esq. of Westfield
               Louis H. Miron, Esq. of Westfield
               Carl A. Salisbury, Esq. of Clark
               Diane Stolbach, Esq. of Springfield
               Robert Ira Oberhand, M.D. of Westfield

District XIII
(Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties)

               Jane Anne Herchenroder, Esq., Chair of Somerville
               Peter V. Abatemarco, Esq. of Flemington
               Jerry S. D'Aniello, Esq. of Somerville
               Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq. of Somerville
               Kimarie Rahill McDonald, Esq. of Hackettstown
               George J. Sopko of Somerville

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