Richard A. Norris of the law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. has been named the recipient of the 2009 Daniel J. O'Hern Award by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. The O'Hern Award is presented annually to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community. Norris will be presented with his award at an Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the New Brunswick Hyatt.
The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a unique cooperative venture of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the state and federal judiciary, and New Jersey's three law schools. The Commission was formed in response to increasing displeasure within the bar about the future direction of the profession, and public criticism of lawyers and the legal system. Its aim is to contribute to a strengthening of the traditional values and sense of responsibility and public purpose that have made the practice of law a distinguished profession.
Mr. Norris, a resident of Bridgewater, has over 50 years experience as a trial lawyer and is certified as an arbitrator and mediator. He has authored articles on a wide variety of subjects and has frequently served as a speaker and panelist at continuing legal education programs and seminars.
Norris served as the first Public Defender for Somerset County in 1967 and was instrumental in establishing the Somerset County Legal Services Program during his tenure as President of the Somerset County Bar Association in 1970-71.