NEW BRUNSWICK – An eminent professional who treated all with kindness and was generous with his expertise will receive the top professionalism award in the state’s legal community.
Arthur Miller will posthumously receive the 2012 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The award is presented annually to a senior member of the bar in recognition of commitment to the highest ideals of the profession, career achievement, and service to the bar and community.
Miller’s family will receive the award at the Professionalism Awards Luncheon, to be held at the Pines Manor in Edison. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner is expected to deliver they keynote address.
A native of Plainfield, Miller’s career was marked by zealous advocacy and a willingness to teach colleagues, lead seminars and training sessions, lecture at Princeton University, and simplify legal issues for the public through informational videos.
“He was the kind of guy you wanted to emulate,’’ said Dennis Estis, a partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP.
Arthur Miller worked in New York City after graduating from Columbia Law School. In 1969, the father of two started his own practice in New Brunswick.
Miller was the first person tapped to fill the senior lawyer’s seat when the New Jersey State Bar Association expanded its trustee board for greater diversity. He was involved with the Central Jersey Legal Services Corporation and its predecessor, the Middlesex County Legal Services Corporation, for four decades, serving on the board of directors until his death in May. He was also active in the Middlesex County Bar Association, and it’s foundation.
Specializing in bankruptcy law, Miller handled numerous foreclosure actions. “He was very concerned about the poor, minorities, injustice. He did a lot to keep people in their homes,’’ said his wife, Lynn Miller, who will accept the award on his behalf.
In addition to Miller, a host of other attorney will be honored for their service at the gathering. County and specialty bar associations from around the state will also recognize attorneys who have made a difference in the profession. Former New Jersey State Bar Association Presidents Richard H. Steen and Lynn Fontaine Newsome are among the award recipients.
PROFESSIONAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012
- Atlantic County Bar Association – Donna M. Taylor
- Bergen County Bar Association -Lorraine A. Abraham
- Burlington County Bar Association -Louis A. Smith
- Camden County Bar Association -Robert N. Agre
- Cape May County Bar Association -James R. Birchmeier
- Cumberland County Bar Association -Bonnie L. Laube
- Essex County Bar Association -Hon. Thomas P. Zampino (ret.)
- Gloucester County Bar Association -Gary D. Thompson
- Hudson County Bar Association -Frank E. Catalina
- Hunterdon County Bar Association -Robert A. Ballard Jr.
- Mercer County Bar Association -Robert E. Lytle
- Middlesex County Bar Association -Dennis A. Auciello
- Monmouth Bar Association -H. Frank Carpentier
- Morris County Bar Association -Lynn Fontaine Newsome
- Ocean County Bar Association -Alan J. Cornblatt
- Passaic County Bar Association -Linda H. Samson
- Salem County Bar Association -Bruce H. Sherman
- Somerset County Bar Association -John P. McDonald
- Sussex County Bar Association -Daniel A. Colfax
- Union County Bar Association -Paul J. Endler, Jr.
- Warren County Bar Association -Hon. Harry A. Seybolt (ret.)
- Asian Pacific American Lawyers -Association Linda Wong
- Association of Black Women Lawyers -El-Rhonda Williams Alston
- Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -Leslie Stolbof Sinemus
- Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey -Joseph P. LaSala
- Garden State Bar Association -Dara A. Govan
- Hispanic Bar Association -Suzette T. Rodriguez
- New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association -Zenola Harper
- New Jersey State Bar Association -Richard H. Steen
- New Jersey Women Lawyers Association -Suzanne M. Cerra
- Trial Attorneys of New Jersey -Scott A. Parsons