Francis Orlando Receives 2012 Senator Walter & Leah Rand South Jerseyan of the Year Award

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ROSELAND, N.J./May 9, 2012 -- The Hon. Francis J. Orlando, Jr., retired Superior Court Assignment Judge, and presently Of Counsel at Connell Foley, was honored for his service in the public sector during a dinner held at Rutgers University Campus Center−Camden on Friday, May 4, at The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI) event. The occasion showcases leaders in regional growth, service, and identity, while also spotlighting scholarships at Rutgers−Camden for students in law, public policy, and social sciences.

Judge Orlando was selected 2012 Senator Walter & Leah Rand South Jerseyan of the Year. Awarded annually, nominees are chosen for their contributions as South Jersey leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and for their work in preserving quality of life throughout the region. The honor is made in keeping with the legacy of the late Senator Walter Rand and his wife, Leah, whose lifetime of dedication and commitment contributed to extensive growth in southern New Jersey and throughout the state.

During his tenure in the Camden vicinage, Judge Orlando presided over and managed hundreds of complex matters including products liability, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, land use and zoning law, eminent domain, personal injury, governmental disputes, and employment and election law cases. He was the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division in Camden before taking on the role of Assignment Judge from which he led the Camden Judiciary for 16 years.

“This award recognizes Judge Orlando’s significant contributions as a public servant. It is our distinct honor to have a professional of his stature on our team,” stated Connell Foley Managing Partner Michael X. McBride.

Judge Orlando has served as elected Mayor of the Borough of Haddon Heights and member of numerous Judicial Council committees, including a term as Chair of the Judicial Council Labor Relations Committee. He has been a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice, the Public Access Committee, the Outside Activities Committee, and the Albin Committee.

About The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI)

The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs was established to engage Rutgers−Camden faculty and students with public administrators, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to address the real world challenges that shape the lives of South Jersey citizens. Launched with a legislative appropriation from the State of New Jersey and matching funds from Rutgers University, WRI serves as a research and public service center for Rutgers−Camden, the southern campus of the state’s land grant university.

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