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State Bar Association diversity award honors Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, oldest female lawyer group

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The state’s oldest women’s bar association was honored recently at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention. The state bar’s Committee on Diversity honored the city-based Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey as this year’s winner of the Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award. The award was presented at the 12th annual Diversity Luncheon during the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting on May 20 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

Founded in 1975, the ABWL has become known statewide for its community-based law day programs and its annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch, where it awards book grants and scholarships to female law students. The group recognizes and encourages the professional achievements of its members and others who have made significant contributions to the community.

The association also operates the Making Choices Not Taking Chances program, which is presented annually to high school students around the state and the first American Inn of Court created by minority attorneys. The Anne E. Thompson American Inn of Court assists attorneys in improving their legal and networking skills, while developing a strong sense of ethics. For more information, visit

The state bar association’s diversity award recognizes individuals and organizations that have spearheaded inclusion and made strides for women and minority lawyers. For more information, visit


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