Matthew S. Coleman, associate attorney in the matrimonial and family law department at Denville law firm Einhorn Harris, has recently been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the District Ethics Committee for Hudson County (DEC VI) for a two-year term which began September 1, 2017.
The Office of Attorney Ethics (the OAE) assists and coordinates the District Ethics Committees and recognizes and values the attorney and public member volunteers who commit their time to preserve and enhance public confidence in the bar.
“I am honored to be appointed to this important committee, which ensures attorneys adhere to ethical standards in their representation of clients” said Coleman. “By doing so, we can help maintain the public’s trust and confidence in the legal profession. I have lived and worked in Hudson County most of my life, and I am excited by this opportunity to serve the community.”
Coleman is currently serving as one of ten Trustees of the LGBT Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and was recently named to 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
Coleman joined Einhorn Harris in its matrimonial and family law department in April 2013. He earned his B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University in 2003 and his J.D. in 2009 from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ.
After graduating from law school, Matthew was a law clerk for the Honorable Maureen B. Mantineo, P.J.F.P. in Hudson County, where he handled all aspects of family law matters including divorce, custody and parenting time disputes, child support cases, domestic violence and related matters.
While attending law school, Matthew was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Public Interest Committee. During his second year of law school, he was awarded the Marsha Wenk Fellowship, awarded to only two students each year, which allowed Matthew to work with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Additionally, he was co-chair of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus at Rutgers and a member of the National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Bar Association.
His support in helping others continued as a victim advocate for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project while still in law school. There, he worked with the domestic violence intake unit of the Essex County Superior Court, providing victims of domestic violence with an overview of the legal process in obtaining restraining orders. He also provided pro bono legal assistance to the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Agency as the Proskauer Rose Fellowship recipient, a summer grant awarded to a deserving law student who forgoes paid summer employment at a law firm to pursue public interest work.