A pair of veteran trial attorneys were honored and a new slate of officers sworn in last week at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s gala event.

The foundation, the educational and philanthropic arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association, celebrated a successful year at its Medal of Honor dinner held on Thursday at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

The medal was given to Newark attorney Michael R. Griffinger for his longtime dedication to his profession, clients and community; and to Roseland attorney Richard J. Badolato, a former president of the association and foundation, for his commitment to fostering professionalism in the practice of law. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to improving the justice system in New Jersey.
In addition to the awards, the foundation offered thanks to departing trustees, welcomed new ones and swore-in a new slate of officers.

Louis H. Miron, of Cranford, will serve a two-year term as president of the foundation. He follows Morristown lawyer Stuart M. Lederman as head of the organization, which helps people better understand the law through educational programs for all segments of the public, from students to seniors; facilitates its mock trial programs; and awards grants to programs around the state that foster its mission.

The other officers of the foundation are attorneys Steven M. Richman, of Cherry Hill, who will serve as first vice president; Patrick C. Dunican Jr., of Newark, who will serve as second vice president; Lynn Fontaine Newsome, of Florham Park, who will serve as treasurer; and Susan A. Feeney, of Newark, who will serve as secretary. They will all serve two-year terms.