EDISON — On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Middlesex County Bar Association honored two attorneys for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession. The event was held at The Pines Manor in Edison.
2013 Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award
The winner of the 2013 Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award is Cheryl E. Connors, Esq., of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer. The Goldin Award commemorates the legacy of Martin S. Goldin who passed away in 2002.
Goldin was the longtime Chair of the Family Law Section and universally regarded as a fair and reasonable adversary and was renowned for his good nature, collegiality and genuine respect for all members of the bench and bar. The Award is presented each year to a Family Law Practitioner who has been engaged in the practice for 15 years or less and exemplifies those principles by which Goldin practiced family law.
Connors received her BA degree with distinction from Cornell University in 2000 and her JD from Seton Hall University, magna cum laude in 2005. At Seton Hall University Connors was a senior member of the Seton Hall Law Review, and upon her graduation she served as judicial clerk for the Hon. Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, from 2005 – 2006.
Connors is an associate with the Family Law Team at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Woodbridge. She concentrates her legal work in all issues of family law and has been trained and actively participates in collaborative law in family matters. She participates in the preparation and presentation of the Wilentz Family Law Digest at the joint meeting attended by members of the Middlesex, Union and Somerset Bar Associations.
In the New Jersey State Bar Association, Connors is a member of the Family Law Executive Committee, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division. She is a member of the Middlesex County Bar, Monmouth County Bar, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance. She has served on the Law Revision Commission and on the Palimony Statute Subcommittee of the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar. She has co-authored an article presented at the 2008 Family Law Symposium, and authored “A Balancing Act: The Extent to Which a Stepparent Should be Held Responsible for a Stepchild’s Post-Divorce Support” published in the New Jersey Family Lawyer in 2011. She has been published in Divorce Magazine.
Connors is a panelist on the Early Settlement Panel in Middlesex County and an Associate Editor for the New Jersey Family Lawyer. She was selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in 2011 and 2012.
Cheryl is married to Thomas J. Connors, and they reside in Middletown, with their two children Brody, age 4, and Allie, age 2. She relaxes by spending her time with her husband and children in family activities.
Past winners of the Goldin award are Megan S. Murray in 2012, Paula Menar in 2011, Daniel Brown in 2010, Lisa Vignuolo in 2009, Gregg Rubenstein in 2008, Steven Enis in 2007, Frank Tournour in 2006, Cheryl Spilka in 2005, Lee Ann McCabe in 2004 and Robert M. Zaleski in 2003.
2013 Edward Schoifet Family Law Award
The winner of the 2013 Edward Schoifet Family Law Award is Charles F. Vuotto, Jr., Esq., of Tonneman, Vuotto, Enis & White in Matawan. The Schoifet Award is the highest honor presented by the MCBA Family Law Section and commemorates the legacy of Edward Schoifet who passed away in 2006. Ed was considered the dean of the Middlesex County Family Bar and was recognized as a role model for all family law practitioners.
Vuotto has been chosen by his colleagues to receive this award in honor of his long career as an accomplished family law attorney known for his advocacy for his clients while maintaining an attitude of fairness with his adversaries and courtesy in all circumstances.
Vuotto received his BA degree from Seton Hall University in 1983, and his JD degree from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law in 1986. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and to the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey in 1986. Vuotto is a Certified Matrimonial Attorney in New Jersey, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America. He is a partner in the law firm Tonneman, Vuotto, Enis & White, LLC in Matawan.
Vuotto has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Family Part Practice Committee from 2009 to 2011. He is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Section’s publication, the New Jersey Family Lawyer.
For the past four years Vuotto has been selected in the area of Family Law for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America. He has been included in the listing of New Jersey Super Lawyers for the past six years and has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV.
Vuotto has lectured on family law subjects to the Family Part Judges at Judicial College, at ICLE seminars, Family Law Symposiums, and to accountants at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of CPA’s. In the case of Brown v. Brown, 348 N.J. Super. 466 (App. Div. 2002), Chuck authored the brief in support of the State Bar Association’s motion for leave to appear as amicus curiae.
Trained in arbitration and mediation in family law, Vuotto has served as a panelist on the Early Settlement Program and also as a Blue Ribbon panelist.
Chuck and his wife Rosemary reside in East Hanover with their son Nicholas, age 18. Together they enjoy dining out with friends, traveling, and listening to classic rock and country music. Chuck relaxes by riding his Harley Davidson, biking, playing tennis, hiking, and drawing.
The previous recipients of the Schoifet Award were Evelyn M. Hartmann in 2012, Leonard Busch in 2011, Jean Ramatowski in 2010, Manny Gerstein in 2009, John P. Paone, Jr. in 2008, and David Wildstein in 2007.
The Middlesex County Bar Association is a non-profit professional membership organization whose purpose is to: Maintain and improve a viable, fiscally sound, self-sustaining membership organization open to all members of the legal community; Provide a proactive voice to represent the views, interests, and concerns of the legal community of Middlesex County on all issues affecting the practice of law and the administration of justice; Promote ethical conduct, collegiality, and mutual respect among the members of the legal community in Middlesex County through programs and services; Foster respect for the legal profession by the public; Enhance the quality of the legal services provided by our members through education, networking, and mutual support; and Encourage and provide opportunities for members to use their knowledge, skills and resources for the benefit of the public.
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