Tireless Advocate Takes the Helm of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation
Louis H. Miron
Louis H. Miron’s involvement with the New Jersey State Bar Foundation began in 1992, when he found what appeared to be a routine mass mailing in his office inbox.
The letter, in fact, was an invitation from the foundation to participate in a new mentoring program. Miron accepted and, over the next two decades, his relationship with the educational and philanthropic arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association deepened.
This month, the Cranford solo attorney became the foundation’s president, and will serve a two-year term.
“He brings a quiet confidence to his new role,” said Stuart Lederman, immediate past president of the foundation. “Through the years he has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues on the board for his unwavering support of the foundation’s mission,” Lederman noted Miron’s longtime leadership as chair of the Law-Related Education Conference.
“One of the best things about Lou is that he's a boots-on-the-ground kind of guy,” Robert Stickles, a foundation trustee, added. “He's not the sort that has a good idea but then expects someone else to put that idea into practice. He doesn't expect anyone to work any harder than he works himself. And he works pretty hard.”
Miron has been involved with nearly every aspect of the foundation’s efforts over the years from judging mock trial competitions to developing fellowships at New Jersey’s three law schools. He also serves on the editorial board of Respect, the foundation’s tolerance-teaching newsletter and Legal Eagle, its newsletter for children.
He joined the foundation’s board of trustees in the late 1990s and its executive committee in 2005.
Miron is so committed to the foundation’s efforts to educate all segments of the public about the law and how it impacts their everyday lives that he has introduced countless attorneys to the work, encouraging them to donate their time and resources.
As foundation president, Miron said he will work to raise awareness of the foundation’s mission and encourage even more people to get involved.
In his practice, Miron concentrates on business litigation including securities arbitrations before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and appearing before securities industry regulators. He spoke recently about the importance of the foundation and what it means to him to be its president:
Q. Did your family history play a role in your involvement the law?
A. A number of my relatives have been attorneys. My grandparents actually met in law school. I am told that my grandmother was one of only 10 women in her class of 200 back in the 1920s. My father attended law school at night. I decided to go to law school and was very fortunate to have several professors in college and law school who made learning about the law particularly interesting.
Q. What was it about the foundation that initially sparked your interest?
A. Throughout my career I have been reminded that one of the great benefits of being an attorney is the fact that I can and should use my legal training to assist or educate those without easy or affordable access to lawyers. When I opened that envelope back in 1992, I expected to see a solicitation for bar association dues or an invitation to a golf tournament or a Yankees game. I was thrilled when I saw that it was an invitation to be part of one of the most significant opportunities available to a New Jersey attorney -- involvement with the NJSBF. The foundation had just initiated its mentor program, in which I could apply to be a mentor at a school. There were no guidelines for what was expected. Somehow this random solicitation resulted in my having a weekly visit to Westfield High School for many years and served as my introduction to so many other worthy foundation programs. I eventually became a trustee and then an officer.
Q. What does it mean to be to be president of the NJSBF?
A. It is as great honor to lead one of the finest organizations in the state that does so much good for so many. I can’t stress enough that we really make an enormous difference in the lives of people of all ages who might not get recognition or assistance otherwise. It is a humbling experience to follow so many distinguished individuals who were also president of the foundation. Many of these former officers are still actively involved. It is a great feeling to know, work with and learn from the many people whose efforts make the foundation succeed. Everyone is working towards the singular goal of improving the lives of the people we serve.
Q. What are your priorities for your term?
A. I want to get the word out to everyone, members of the bar and the public, that the foundation is arguably the finest vehicle in which New Jersey attorneys can travel on the journey towards professional and personal satisfaction. What we do matters, and I want everyone to know that. And I want to see greater participation by the legal community.
Q. How has your involvement with the foundation affected your sense of personal and professional satisfaction?
A. Greatly. The foundation makes a difference in the lives of thousands of New Jersey residents every year. The more time I spent working on its programs, the more I learned about how people of all ages desperately need and appreciate our assistance. It put a lot of what we lawyers do on a daily basis into perspective.
As an example, consider the various mock trial programs for students from kindergarten through high school. They are among the best “feel good” events that I witness or have the privilege to participate in each year. Everyone should observe and marvel at the incredibly talented kids who compete in these programs with a true passion and unbridled enthusiasm. Their energy and fascination with the judicial process is a reminder of why so many of us entered the legal profession in the first place. They demonstrate an incredible sense of accomplishment and joy that is truly priceless.
We all define professional and personal success differently. But no doubt, any such definition should include the degree to which each of us attempts to make the lives of others better. That is why I believe the foundation provides a yardstick by which we can measure our own success. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the best way to feel better about yourself is to make others feel better by your actions. That is what the foundation does so well.
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