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Hon. Bradley J. Ferencz, JSC (Ret.) to Receive the

2016 Arthur H. Miller Lawyer Achievement Award

In recognition of his many years of service to the bench and bar, Hon. Bradley J. Ferencz, JSC (Ret.) of Counsel at Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas in New Brunswick has been named this year’s Arthur H. Miller Lawyer Achievement Award winner and will be recognized on May 25, 2016 at The Grand Marquis in Old Bridge, in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Installation of Officers and Trustees Dinner Meeting. (Click here for event information.)

In June of 2012 the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to honor the late Arthur H. Miller by renaming the Lawyer Achievement Award after him. The Award is given annually to the lawyer whose "actions best exemplify what the practice of law is all about and serve as a model for others to emulate.” It is the highest honor bestowed upon any lawyer by the Middlesex County Bar Association. In 1996, Arthur Miller was himself recipient of the Award.

A graduate of Ohio State University, where, contrary to popular belief, he was not a tailback on the 1968 national championship football team, Judge Ferencz received his law degree from Rutgers University. In addition to his New Jersey and Federal Court admissions in 1972, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1980.

Judge Ferencz has always been an active member of both the county and state bar associations. He was appointed a MCBA Trustee in 1981 and moved quickly through the officer positions, serving as President during the 1990-91 term. He has chaired a number of committees over the years, including Criminal Practice, Law Day, Finance, Public Relations and Judicial Evaluations, and served as editor of the newsletter in 1987. (Let’s not remind him, but he also chaired the Young Lawyers Committee way back when . . . )  He has also served as a delegate to the New Jersey State Bar Association General Council and has been a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

Judge Ferencz was a founding member and the second president of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation. He is particularly proud of the growth and impact of the Foundation and continues to participate as a Board member.

Judge Ferencz was appointed Deputy Public Defender for Middlesex County in 1982 and was appointed to numerous Supreme Court Committees including Criminal Practice, Supreme Court Committee to Study and Evaluate Sentencing Disparity, Supreme Court Speedy Trial Committee, and the Supreme Court Committee to Study Police Forensic Laboratory Practices. He has been a speaker and lecturer at numerous conferences, has been a presenter on the continuing legal education circuit in criminal, family and civil matters, and has been a moderator and speaker at Judicial College charged with the responsibility of training newly appointed judges.

Judge Ferencz was appointed to the Superior Court in 1997, and his tenure on the bench included significant periods of time in all three divisions, sitting in the civil and family divisions prior to being designated as the presiding judge in the criminal division, where he remained until his retirement in 2015.

Judge Ferencz was born in New York, but he grew up in Randolph Township, NJ, and has worked his entire professional life in Middlesex County.  He and his wife Jackie live in East Brunswick, and have three children, Margot (Seattle), Alexandra (graduate student at University of Colorado) and Dana (finishing first year at Brooklyn Law School).

Judge Ferencz is honored to receive this award. He considers himself to be a lawyer first and believes the law profession to be the backbone and strength of the country. Without lawyers providing access to a fair and impartial judicial system, he believes we cannot have a participatory democracy.

Judge Ferencz is now of counsel at Hoagland Longo in New Brunswick where he focuses on mediation, arbitration, special master services, and law enforcement investigations. He looks forward to being of continued service to the bar and attorneys of New Jersey.

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