Thomas H. Prol, a Partner at the Sparta law firm Laddey, Clark & Ryan, was presented with the WPCNJ annual Social Justice Award for the NJ State Bar Association’s advocacy in that area on January 12, 2017 at the 2017 Passion Power Program Award Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.
The WPCNJ is dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and promoting issues of equality for all women. The Caucus also honored John Traier, Chairman of the Passaic County Republicans and Vin Gopal, Chairman of the Monmouth County Democrats, with their “Good Guy” award. In addition, they presented the Mary Philbrook Award to Mary Patricia Keefe, Esq. of Elizabethtown Gas.
“The award reflects the state bar’s concerted effort to broaden access to justice for all through our advocacy in the legislature and the courts,” states Prol. “Our 18,200-plus members strive every day to stand up and speak out for the rights established in our constitution and laws, propelling our state and nation toward that ‘more perfect union’ that the founding fathers commanded us to pursue.”
Prol has served the association extensively for well over a decade as a trustee and officer and is the first openly gay leader in state bar history. He has been a vocal advocate on civil rights issues including marriage equality and the New Jersey Anti-bullying Bill of Rights, two issues in which the state bar took an active role. In addition, he has served as vice chair and general counsel to Garden State Equality, a civil rights organization that the Star-Ledger recognized as, “the most effective grassroots campaign New Jersey has seen in years”; he remains active on their executive board. During his tenure at the NJSBA, Prol represented the association before the NJ Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Council on Local Mandates and various legislative bodies while serving on numerous sections and committees. He was named the state’s “Young Lawyer of the Year” in 2004 and was also lauded as one of the “magnificent seven” NJ attorneys that year by New Jersey Lawyer newspaper.
Prol practices environmental, real property and local government law as well as business counseling and litigation. Prol is a frequent lecturer for the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education and has served as an adjunct professor at both NY Law School and Rutgers University. He has been selected for inclusion on the list of NJ Super Lawyers for multiple years and on the national Super Lawyers Business Edition list for environmental law.
Licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York, Prol is admitted before numerous federal courts including the US Supreme Court. He is a graduate of NY Law School and holds a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University. Prior to law school, he worked as an environmental scientist and enforcement officer for the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also served two years as a volunteer in the US Peace Corps in Nepal and has held internships with the US Attorney’s Office (EDNY), the NYC Commission on Human Rights, CNN and the Carter Presidential Center.
For more information on this event: http://www.wpcnj.org/2017_p3_awards