Thomas Prol, Esq., Partner at Laddey, Clark & Ryan has been named one of the state’s 2015 Diverse Attorneys of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal for his dedication and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion issues in New Jersey.
This is the first annual honor to be awarded by the New Jersey Law Journal which was given to only twenty attorneys across New Jersey, including Prol. These inaugural award recipients were selected from a large pool of candidates and were cited for their work in advancing diversity in all its forms including ethnicity, race, gender and sexual orientation.
“As an attorney, I strive to speak out on issues of fairness, equality and inclusion,” states Prol. “I am humbled by this honor as it represents the principles I value and promote in my work to make justice available for all.”
Prol was recently installed as President-elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is expected to ascend to the organization’s presidency in May 2016. He concentrates his legal work at Laddey, Clark & Ryan in environmental law, public entity representation, real property law and government services. He has previously been recognized for his advocacy concerning NJ’s landmark Anti-bullying Bill of Rights, marriage equality and other civil rights measures. He argued the defense of the anti-bullying law before the NJ Council on Local Mandates and has appeared and filed numerous friend-of-the-court briefs over the last decade before the NJ Supreme Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prol has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and NY Law School. In addition, he has worked as an environmental scientist and enforcement officer for the US Environmental Protection Agency. He has also held externships with the US Attorney’s Office (EDNY), the NYC Commission on Human Rights, CNN and the Carter Presidential Center. Prior to that, he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and earned his Master of Public Health degree from Emory University.