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For immediate release: October 16, 2008
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

Volunteers Appointed to Attorney Ethics Committees

David E. Johnson, Jr., director of the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE), has announced the appointment of 100 attorneys and other citizens to the state's 18 District Ethics Committees. These committees investigate and prosecute ethics cases involving New Jersey attorneys.

As members of the District Ethics Committees, the volunteers will be called on to perform a number of duties. All members participate in regular monthly committee meetings. Additionally, attorney members investigate grievances docketed by the committee. If their initial investigation finds grounds for a formal complaint, the matter is heard by a panel of committee members comprising two attorneys and one public member. Volunteers serve for a four-year term.

"We are grateful that so many committed and involved citizens have chosen to devote themselves to this important work," said Johnson. "We all benefit from their efforts to uphold and ensure the integrity of the legal profession in New Jersey."

The committees are supported and overseen by the OAE, and any recommended sanction is reviewed by the state's Disciplinary Review Board. Final discipline is imposed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 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 34 emergent sanctions to protect the public while discipline charges were pending.

Currently there are 548 volunteers serving on the District Ethics Committees. Please see the attached list for the names and hometowns of the new committee members.


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

               Alexander J. Barrera of Linwood
               Andrew D. Catanese of Cape May Courthouse
               Carmen R. Faia of Pleasantville
               Michael J. Fitzgerald of Linwood
               Willis F. Flower of Linwood
               Richard A. Russell of Ocean City
               Michele C. Verno of Northfield
               Henry L. Warner of Atlantic City

District IIA
(Bergen County - North)

               Ira C. Kaplan of Hackensack
               Douglas V. Sanchez of Hackensack

District IIB
(Bergen County - South)

               Arlene R. Cohn of Paterson
               Brian E. Fleisig of Hackensack
               Paul A. Garfield of Teaneck
               Steven B. Harz of Hackensack
               Scott K. McClain of Hackensack
               Rebecca K. Spar of Hackensack

District IIIA
(Ocean County)

               Steven M. Edelstein of Lakewood
               Tricia E. Habert of Cherry Hill
               Dawn M. Ritter of Toms River
               Patricia P. Robison of Manchester

District IIIB
(Burlington County)

               Kim C. Belin of Delran
               Dean J. Buono of Hainesport
               Cristal M. Holmes-Bowie of Willingboro
               Kathryn M. Laughlin of Moorestown
               Leslie M. Martinelli of Medford
               Carol L. Widemon of Marlton
               Marguerite Dotzman of Moorestown
               C. Naoji Moriuchi of Moorestown

District IV
(Camden and Gloucester Counties)

               Robert J. Adinolfi of Haddonfield
               Kenneth D. Aita of Haddon Heights
               Ernest Louis Alvino, Jr. of Woodbury
               Troy A. Archie of Camden
               David Carlamere of Voorhees
               Judith Charny of Mount Laurel
               Carol A. Fabietti of Gibbsboro
               William A. Nash of Blackwood
               David R. Nussey of Haddonfield
               Anne T. Picker of Camden
               Renard L. Scott of Sicklerville
               Salvatore J. Siciliano of Haddonfield
               Leslie C. Clark of Woodbury
               David L. Garfield of Voorhees
               Barry M. Wright of Sicklerville

District VA
(Essex County - Newark)

               Angel M. De Filippo of West Orange
               Stephen V. Falanga of Roseland
               Lori E. Grifa of West Orange
               Thomas J. O'Leary of Roseland
               Jeffrey A. Petit of Newark
               Anthony Romano, II of Roseland
               Keith H. Green of Newark

District VB
(Essex County - Suburban))

               Susan Willard Freedman of Newark
               Sterling Hayden Kinsale of Newark
               John M. Pinho of Newark
               James C. Nelson, III of Newark

District VC
(Essex County - West)

               Christopher D. Adams of Roseland
               Gabrielle N. Gallagher of Nutley
               Peter A. Gaudioso of Morristown
               Lenore M. Imhof of Bloomfield
               Diego P. Milara of Harrison
               Scott Pennington of South Orange
               Dina M. Vanides of Roseland
               Fred V. Goode of Verona
               Mary Rubino Ryder of Nutley

District VI
(Hudson County)

               Brunilda Bonilla of Jersey City
               Milagros De La Camacho of Jersey City
               Mary J. Ciancimino of Jersey City
               Ramon M. Gonzalez of Union City
               Jeffrey Jablonski of Kearny
               Sarah E. Seelig of Jersey City
               Robert A. Verdibello of Jersey City

District VII
(Mercer County)

               Patricia Ann Concannon of Lawrenceville
               Richard B. Gelade of Trenton
               Marta Cruz Gold of Lawrenceville
               Charles F. Harris of Pennington
               Robert Panzer of Lawrenceville
               Nina E. Weiss of Princeton

District VIII
(Middlesex County)

               Ernest Blair of Kendall Park
               Colleen M. Flynn of Old Bridge
               Angela Foster of North Brunswick
               Christina Jones Rowe of Somerset
               Gregg R. Rubenstein of East Brunswick
               Ralph Albert Thomas of Roseland

District IX
(Monmouth County)

               Patricia B. Adams of Asbury Park
               Lora Ulan Campbell of Rumson
               Catherine M. Carton of Oakhurst
               Joseph M. Casello, Esq. of Farmingdale
               Sung A. Hong of Freehold

District XA
(East Morris/Sussex Counties)

               Michael R. Ascher of Denville
               Douglas J. Ehrenworth of Florham Park
               Robert L. Gaynor of Succasunna
               Matthew P. O'Malley of Newark
               Dimaris Fuentes of Bernardsville

District XB
(West Morris/Sussex Counties)

               William G. Johnson of Dover
               Edward A. Sturchio, Jr. of Florham Park

District XI
(Passaic County)

               Michele Alcalde of Paterson
               Norman I. Klein of Clifton
               Robert C. LaSalle of West Paterson
               Santiago D. Orozco of Clifton
               Bobbi J. Vilacha of West Paterson

District XII
(Union County)

               James J. Byrnes of Union
               Michael Margello of Mountainside
               Susan J. McCue of Elizabeth
               Christine M. Nugent of Westfield
               Edward P. Ruane of Watchung
               Julio Sanchez of Elizabeth
               Maria I. Velez of Elizabeth
               Amy R. Winsten of Westfield
               Ralph G. Oriscello, M.D. of Cranford

District XIII
(Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties)

               Dana Kendall Ferrera of Basking Ridge
               Elaine B. Goldsmith of Somerville
               Anthony E. Koester of Flemington
               Gary W. Moylen of Hackettstown
               Victor A. Rotolo of Lebanon
               Robin Bradley of Branchburg

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