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Chairman New Jersey State Ethics Commission

Joseph P. LaSala, '72, named Chairman, NJ State Ethics Commission


Joseph P. LaSala, 72’ and Chair of the Law School’s Board of Visitors, has been named to head the New Jersey State Ethics Commission by Governor Chris Christie. LaSala, currently a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney, & Carpenter, will preside over the seven-member Commission, which administers and enforces the New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law.

“I am honored to have been appointed to this position, and I commit myself to faithfully serving the people of New Jersey,” said LaSala.

At Seton Hall Law, LaSala has served on the Board of Visitors since 2005 and co-chaired the Seton Hall Law Rising Capital Campaign from 2007-2011. In the professional arena, he has extensive experience in complex litigation across a range of areas and boasts a recognized expertise in professional liability suits.

"I can't think of any person more qualified than Joe to serve as Chair of the State Ethics Commission,” said Ronald J. Riccio, longtime friend, colleague, and former Seton Hall Law Dean. “In Joe's more than 40 years as a highly respected and revered member of the New Jersey Bar he has always adhered to, and demanded of others, the highest standards for ethics, professionalism, integrity, and honesty."

Among many accolades, LaSala was presented with Seton Hall University School of Law’s Distinguished Graduate award in 1991, and Seton Hall University honored him as Distinguished Graduate in 1996. LaSala was also named one of the Golden Lion Honorees at the Sons of Italy, New Jersey Foundation, Inc.'s Purple Aster Ball in 2016. And he received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the Essex County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey.