The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey presented the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award to Thomas R. Curtin at its annual dinner June 21. The award is given to an outstanding lawyer whose contributions to the law are recognized by the Association as deserving of special and unique recognition as befits the name of Justice Brennan, in whose name the award is given.
At the presentation, Curtin was introduced by his son-in-law, Josh Pini, B.A. ’02, who is a lawyer and married to Amy Curtin Pini, B.A. ’02.
Expressing gratitude for the award, Curtin noted that after Chief Justice Brennan’s death in July 1997, Justice Antonin Scalia called him “probably the most influential justice of the century.”
“I liked how Justice Scalia was moved to make that generous assessment,” Curtin said. “It suggests that practicing lawyers can likewise recognize that while we may have different views we all are committed to getting the correct result.”
Lawyers, Curtin said, “should do well and do good. Justice Brennan did both. If in some way, I can be said to have done both, I’ve had some small success in my life and my profession.”
Curtin makes his home in Mendham, N.J., and practices law in Morristown, N.J., where he is a shareholder in Graham Curtin, A Professional Association. He is the New Jersey State Delegate to the American Bar Association and the former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
He has three children, Paul, Alison and Amy; and five grandsons, Dylan, Collin, Ryan, Joshie and Matty.