New Jersey State Bar Association installs Lawrence as president

Jeralyn Lawrence. (File photo)

Jeralyn Lawrence has been installed as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, as has a slate of officers and trustees, at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlantic City, according to a Friday announcement.

Lawrence, founder and managing partner of Lawrence Law, devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner swore in Lawrence at the NJSBA’s annual meeting. A host of Lawrence’s friends, family and colleagues — along with the NJSBA’s Executive Committee and board of trustees — were on hand to watch the Watchung family law attorney become the 10th woman to lead the association.

Lawrence is a managing member and founder of Lawrence Law, a practice devoted to matrimonial, divorce and family law.

“The ability to advocate and to bring about change is infectious. The power to identify issues within the practice, to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and to present real solutions that are then acted upon and results achieved is incredibly rewarding,” Lawrence said. “I thoroughly enjoy being part of a team that works hard to address issues that affect our lives.”

In addition to Lawrence’s installation, other members of the Executive Committee moved up the succession ladder and were sworn in by Rabner. Each officer holds the position for one year.

  • Timothy McGoughran became president-elect. He is a family law attorney in Ocean Township.
  • William Mergner became first vice president. He practices civil litigation in Cedar Knolls.
  • Christine A. Amalfe became second vice president. She is a labor and employment law attorney in Newark.
  • Norberto Garcia became treasurer. He specializes in medical malpractice law in Jersey City.
  • G. Glennon Troublefield, the first black man to join the Executive Committee, became secretary. He specializes civil litigation and intellectual property in Roseland.
  • Domenick Carmagnola began a term as immediate past president.

Under Carmagnola’s leadership, the NJSBA focused on ensuring New Jersey lawyers are supported, informed and have the necessary tools to flourish. It advanced critical legislation, was an important voice on amicus matters, examined the issue of bias and discrimination in both jury selection and the profession and raised alarm bells about the judicial vacancy crisis facing our court system.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve the members as the president of the NJSBA,” Carmagnola said. “I have always had the utmost respect for the bench, the bar and my colleagues in this profession. But that respect has grown tenfold after working closely with so many smart, talented and committed members who have volunteered their time, expertise and passion to address the critical issues facing the profession.”