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Hon. Glenn Berman, JSC (Ret.) to Receive the

2015 Arthur H. Miller Lawyer Achievement Award

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to administration of justice and practice of law, Hon. Glenn Berman, JSC (Ret.), of counsel at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis in Woodbridge, will receive the Association’s 2015 Arthur H. Miller Lawyer Achievement Award. The award presentation will be held at The Pines Manor in Edison, during the joint Middlesex/Union/Somerset Bar Dinner on January 21, 2015. (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.

Following a long career in private practice, Judge Berman was appointed to the bench by Governor Thomas H. Kean, serving in the Superior Court of Middlesex County from 1989 to 1998, where he presided over matters ranging from prerogative writs to capital murder. He was appointed Prosecutor for Middlesex County in 1998 by Governor Christie Whitman, appearing before the New Jersey Supreme Court and trying numerous jury cases during his tenure. In 2002, he returned to the bench, serving in Middlesex County as Presiding Judge of the Family Part from 2003 to 2008. Prior to his retirement in January of 2013, Judge Berman served as one of two judges assigned to the Chancery Part - General Equity, where he presided over probate, foreclosure, and complex commercial disputes. He was also designated as Acting Criminal Part Presiding Judge and Acting Assignment Judge.

During his career on the bench, Judge Berman authored published opinions encompassing all four divisions of the New Jersey Superior Court; General Equity, Family, Civil and Criminal. He was specially designated to preside over New Jersey’s 2012 landmark cyberbullying case, State of New Jersey v. Dharun Ravi, garnering national media attention for his role in the matter.

Judge Berman served as Municipal Prosecutor for the Townships of Old Bridge (1982-83), Monroe (1984-87), and East Brunswick (1986-87). He was Counsel to the Zoning Board of Adjustment in the Boroughs of Helmetta (1980-85) and South River (1973-74). He served as Director of Law in the Townships of Monroe (1987) and Old Bridge (1988-89), as Special Counsel to the Township of South Brunswick (1984), as Councilman to the Borough of South River (1976-81), and as Council President (1980).

In addition to his involvement with the MCBA, Judge Berman is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association. He is a former member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, the Sub-Committee on Rules and General Procedures, the Committee on Women in the Courts, the Conference of Family Part Presiding Judges, the Conference of General Equity Judges, and the Conference of Criminal Part Presiding Judges. He is past President of the Halpern-Furman Inn of Court in Somerset and Middlesex Counties, and a past member of the Middlesex County District VIII Ethics Committee.

Judge Berman grew up in South River, New Jersey, the second of four children. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1969, earning his B.A. with honors. He attended Case Western Reserve Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1972. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, he is an avid history buff with a particular interest in the Civil War.

Judge Berman is now Of Counsel to the Litigation Department at the Greenbaum firm, where he focuses his practice on mediation, arbitration, discovery management of complex family, commercial, estate/probate, real estate and general equity matters, special master services, settlement conferences and law enforcement investigations. He is both proud and honored to receive the Bar’s 2015 Lawyer Achievement Award.

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