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Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award
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Cheryl Connors Receives
2013 Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award

The 2013 winner of the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award is Cheryl E. Connors, Esq., of the law offices of Wilentz, Goldman, & Spitzer in the Woodbridge Offices. Cheryl was presented with this award on January 23rd, 2013, at the Association’s Annual Family Law Dinner Meeting, held at The Pines Manor in Edison.

Martin S. Goldin, the Chair of the Family Law Section since its inception in 1972, passed away in 2002. Marty was 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. Marty took great pleasure in discussing legal issues with newer attorneys and generously gave his time to mentor any attorney who sought his counsel.

In February, 2003, the Family Law Section established the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award, to be presented each year to a Family Law Practitioner who has been engaged in the practice for 15 years or less and who exemplifies those principles by which Marty practiced family law, including:  maintaining a continuous study of past and present case law; making a careful and detailed analysis of each case; presenting the issues and applicable law to clients in a readily understandable manner; attempting to settle issues on a fair and reasonable basis before resorting to litigation; fostering respect and courtesy for the bench and bar; maintaining high standards of integrity and professionalism, and exhibiting leadership in the County or State Bar Association.

Cheryl epitomizes the qualities in a lawyer that were especially important to Marty and which he incorporated into his daily practice. Cheryl is a zealous advocate for her clients and works to reach a fair and reasonable settlement according to the facts applied to the law of each case. Cheryl’s method of seeking the best result for her client involves a firm understanding of the law, careful attention to details, and a continuing dialogue with that client regarding the rights and liabilities which will affect the final resolution in the case.

Cheryl maintains a warm, even-tempered demeanor in her legal work, and she does not vary that temperament as she deals with her adversary regardless of the difficulties presented by the case.

Cheryl 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 Cheryl 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. Justice Albin has graciously agreed to present the Goldin Award to Cheryl on January 23rd.

Cheryl 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, Cheryl 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.

Cheryl 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 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.

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