Allen A. Etish, a partner with the Haddonfield law firm of Archer & Greiner, will be installed Thursday as the new president of New Jersey State Bar Association at a ceremony at the organization's annual meeting in Atlantic City. Etish will serve a one-year term.
"There is nothing I am more passionate about than being a lawyer,'' Etish said. "And I am going to make sure that during this economic crisis - and moving forward - the members of this profession are gainfully employed and that law school students are getting the opportunities they need to start a career."
Etish, 59, of Cherry Hill, also serves as a trustee of the State Bar Foundation, the Bar Association's educational and philanthropic arm. He has been a member of the bar association for three decades and served as the Camden County representative on the board of trustees from 1999 until his nomination as secretary in 2004.
During his term as president, Etish said he will focus on making sure the association is a resource to all lawyers who have been hard hit by the economic recession.
His bar association work has been extensive and he is a former president of the Camden County Bar Association and the Association of County Bar Presidents. He is married to Barbara Etish and the couple has two children.
Those who know Etish best say he will be a dynamic leader.
"He has shown an innate ability to embrace change and foster it, and that is what this bar needs," said Ralph Lamparello, bar association's new treasurer.
Joining Etish as part of the bar's new leadership are: Richard H. Steen of Lawrence, a Princeton attorney who will serve as president-elect. Susan A. Feeney, a Newark attorney who will be first vice president. Kevin P. McCann, a Bridgeton attorney who will be second vice president. Lamparello, a Secaucus attorney who will serve as treasurer, and Paris P. Eliades , a Sparta attorney who will serve as secretary.
— TOM HESTER, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM