MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Morris County Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Catherine Broderick was honored by receiving the 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission On Professionalism In The Law. She was selected by both the Commission and the Morris County Bar Association to receive the award. The annual award 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 ceremony which was held in Somerset, New Jersey.
Since joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1989, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor (SAP) Broderick has prosecuted numerous cases including bank robbery, kidnapping, drug possession and burglary. Moreover, she has prosecuted sex crimes, child abuse, child pornography, child luring and internet child luring cases.
Among other responsibilities, SAP Broderick 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.
SAP Broderick received her Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall University and her Jurist Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. She then served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable David S. Cramp, J.S.C., in Morris County Superior Court. SAP Broderick also graduated from the Leadership Morris Program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court, and the Seton Hall University School of Law Alumni Inn of Court. She is also a member of the Morris County Bar Association.
Following the awards ceremony, SAP Broderick said, “As a Career Prosecutor, I was honored and privileged to receive the nomination of the Morris County Bar Association for the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism Award for Morris County. Receiving the award is a highlight of my career. 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 Supervising Assistant Prosecutor with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. I have full confidence in her as a professional, and as a prosecutor serving the people of Morris County and the state of New Jersey”, said Prosecutor Knapp.