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Lauren Miceli to Receive the

2018 Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award

The 2018 recipient of the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award is Lauren A. Miceli, Esq. Lauren will be presented with the award on January 23, 2019, at the Association’s Annual Family Law Dinner Meeting, held at The Pines Manor in Edison. (Click here for event details.)

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.


Lauren A. Miceli epitomizes the qualities in a lawyer that were especially important to Marty, and incorporates them into her daily practice.  She is thoughtful and diligent in assessing all issues in each of her cases.  Open to learning different approaches to the resolution of those issues, she actively seeks legal discussion with other attorneys regarding their cases and her own.  Lauren does not hesitate to seek help in her legal work and in her professional activities.  She gives every project her all, but she is quick to stop and make time for a colleague who wants to discuss some aspect of a case or procedure.  Lauren is professional in her work and in her relationships with judges, court staff, and other attorneys.


Lauren graduated Cum Laude from Douglas College-Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Political Science with a minor in American Studies. She earned her JD from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in 2013.


For the 2013-2014 term Lauren clerked for The Hon. Lisa M. Vignuolo, J.S.C. at the Middlesex County Family Courthouse, addressing a variety of family law issues including dissolution and non-dissolution matters as well as domestic violence.  Lauren’s clerkship experience persuaded her to pursue a legal career in family law.


Lauren was a co-founder of the Aldona E. Appleton Family Law Inn of Court which began its inaugural year in spring, 2018.  After much planning and research with the wise guidance of The Hon. John A. Jorgensen, J.S.C., Lauren and her co-founder colleague acquired a Charter for the Inn of Court and achieved their goal of establishing a Family Inn of Court in Middlesex County. The purpose of this Inn of Court is to encourage collaboration and cooperation between the bench and bar and to increase professionalism through example, education and mentoring. Lauren also assisted in the application to obtain CLE Provider Approval for the Inn of Court to receive CLE credits for presentations and attended the National Inns of Court Summit for the tri-state area to help enhance the development of the Aldona E. Appleton Family Law Inn.


She began her practice of law with firm Barger & Gaines in the area of special education. In September 2018, she became an associate attorney in the firm Shane and White, LLC handling cases in all aspects of family law.


Lauren has served as a Guardian ad Litem in Family Court, and was recently appointed a panelist for the Middlesex County Early Settlement Panel for the Family Part.


Lauren and her husband Jeremy Garton live in Edison, with their seven year old schnauzer/poodle Maximus. They have enjoyed vacationing to Lake George, NY, and to Disneyworld in Florida.


The Martin S. Goldin Award was previously presented to Robert M. Zaleski (2002), Lee Ann McCabe (2003), Cheryl M. Spilka (2004), Frank E. Tournour (2005), Steven R. Enis (2006), Gregg R. Rubenstein (2007), Lisa M. Vignuolo (2008), Daniel H. Brown (2009), Paula A. Menar (2010), Megan S. Murray (2011), Cheryl E. Connors (2012), Angela F. Pastor (2014), Megha R. Thakkar (2015),  Brian McFadden-DiNicola (2016), and Cassie Ansello Murphy (2017).

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