Posted Monday, November 7th, 2016


Prosecutor 2Morris County Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Catherine Broderick has received the 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission On Professionalism In The Law, it was announced by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Broderick was selected by both the Commission and the Morris County Bar Association to receive the award, which is given to lawyers from New Jersey who demonstrate moral excellence, competence and demeanor that others in the law profession can emulate as a professional.

Among other dignitaries, the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Judge of the New Jersey Supreme Court, were present at the awards ceremony which was held on Nov. 3 in Somerset.

Since joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1989, Broderick has prosecuted numerous cases including bank robbery, kidnapping, drug possession and burglary cases. She has prosecuted sex crimes, child abuse, child pornography, child luring and internet child luring cases, among others.

bar-foundationShe currently supervises the Specialized Services Unit, the Megan’s Law Unit, Missing Persons Unit and the Weapons Returns Unit.  Her experience also includes the supervision of various functions such as Bias Crimes, the Drug Court Team, Evidence Destruction, Open Public Records Act processing and Civil Discovery.

“Receiving the award is a highlight of my career, ” said Broderick. “Professional integrity and courtesy are a cornerstone in the legal profession, but prosecutors stand in a slightly different position, in that they are sworn to diligently represent the interest of the state in an impartial manner, to determine the truth of a matter.

“A prosecutor conveys professionalism through courtesy, candor, civility, and observing the rules of the court in dealing with a defendant, opposing counsel and the court. Professionalism is paramount to uphold the laws and Constitution of the State of New Jersey.”

“Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Broderick’s unwavering dedication to the rule of law enables her to excel as a lawyer and in her job with Prosecutor’s Office,” said Prosecutor Knapp.

Inquiries should be directed to Prosecutor’s Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at pres[email protected]