Rosamond Murphy Honored by Essex County Bar Association With Achievement Awards, Citing Their Professional Excellence and Pro Bono Work Through VLJ

Top Quote Rosamond Received Bernard J. Kuttner Pro Bono Service Achievement Award; Murphy Received Family Law Attorney Achievement Award. End Quote
  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) May 11, 2012 - The Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) recently honored Geoffrey N. Rosamond, Esq. with the Bernard J. Kuttner Pro Bono Service Achievement Award and Delia J. Murphy, Esq. with the Family Law Attorney Achievement Award, citing their professional excellence and pro bono efforts with Volunteer Lawyers for Justice of Newark, N.J. and Essex-Newark Legal Services. The awards were presented at ECBA's Annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, N.J.

    "Delia and Geoffrey have played an integral part in making VLJ as strong as it is today," said Karen Sacks, Esq., founding executive director of VLJ. "We congratulate them on receiving these prestigious Achievement Awards from the Essex County Bar. The honors are certainly well-deserved."

    Founded in 2001, VLJ provides comprehensive pro bono legal services to thousands of economically-disadvantaged individuals each year in New Jersey, focusing on the areas of greatest need such as family law, consumer law, bankruptcy and special education. Programs include free legal counsel and advice, educational seminars on various legal matters, and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues.

    VLJ's Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe) assists Essex County residents with criminal records with civil legal issues serving as barriers to successful community reintegration. Through direct in-house representation and referrals to volunteer attorneys, ReLeSe aids its clients with driver's license restoration, resolution and expungement of criminal records.

    A resident of Morris Plains, N.J., Rosamond is a partner with McCarter & English, LLP, where he serves as the chairman of the law firm's Pro Bono Committee. He leads McCarter's extensive efforts with VLJ's ReLeSe program, often training attorneys to handle expungement cases. Rosamond has been a member of the ReLeSe Steering Committee since its inception and was honored as VLJ's "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year" in 2008.

    Murphy, who resides in Glen Ridge, N.J., focuses her legal practice on family law and is based in Bloomfield. She has volunteered with VLJ since 2001 and been a member of VLJ's Board of Trustees since 2008. Murphy plays a key role in the not-for-profit's divorce seminars and clinics, both of which are held at the Essex County Family Courthouse. Murphy is frequently recognized for her pro bono efforts and received ECBA's Bernard J. Kuttner Pro Bono Service Award in 2009. She often mentors and trains other volunteer attorneys to handle family law cases.

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