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Stanley & Sharon King Named 2019 Gerry Award Recipients

STANLEY & SHARON KING TO RECEIVE GERRY AWARD OCTOBER 10th

Civil rights attorneys Stanley and Sharon King have been named the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Judge John F. Gerry Award.  The awards will be presented at the 24th annual Gerry Award Reception on Thursday, October 10th at The Westin in Mt. Laurel.  The event features a three-hour upscale cocktail party with passed hors d’oeuvres and plentiful food stations.  Mr. and Mrs. King will receive their awards during a brief formal program, at which time the 2019 Judge John F. Gerry Memorial Scholarship will also be presented.

The Judge John F. Gerry Award was established in his honor by the Camden County Bar Foundation in 1996 to acknowledge the spirit and humanitarianism with which he practiced as a lawyer and judge. It is awarded annually to a member of the Bar of the State of New Jersey, or a member of the State or Federal Judiciary in New Jersey, who exemplifies the character and humanitarianism of Judge Gerry and in recognition of outstanding contributions to the administration of justice.

Partners at the Law Firm of King & King, LLC in Woodbury, NJ, the Kings are engaged in general practice, with an emphasis on civil rights litigation. Since starting their law practice in 1996, Stanley and Sharon King have built a reputation as prominent civil rights attorneys willing to face big law firms in some of the toughest cases in the region, taking on police misconduct and wrongful-death cases. They have won million-dollar settlements for victims and families of those killed or injured in violent encounters with law enforcement.  In addition to civil cases, Stanley King handles criminal cases as a court-appointed lawyer in federal court, while Sharon King accepts pro bono representation of prisoners who allege their civil rights have been violated.

A member of the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee for the District of New Jersey, Sharon King served as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Federal Practice and Procedures Section in 2017-2018, and is a current member of the NJSBA’s Pro Bono Committee.  In 2014, she received the Gloucester County NAACP’s Game Changer Award for her civil rights work.  In 2018, Ms. King received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Champion of Social Justice and Equality Award presented by Rutgers Law School’s Black Law Students Association.  She also serves as a board member of Lawnside’s Historical Society.

Ms. King received her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden and Bachelor of Science from Boston University.  She is admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Stanley King currently serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of New Jersey.  He previously served as the Regional Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice, as well as served on the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Youth Entrepreneurial Institute.  Mr. King has been a board member of the Philadelphia Sports Congress and served on the City of Philadelphia’s Football and Baseball Stadium Site Selection Committee.  He serves as a board member of the National Police Accountability Project, a division of the National Lawyer’s Guild.  In 2014, Mr. King also received the Gloucester County NAACP’s Game Changer Award for his civil rights work and, in 2018, received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Champion of Social Justice and Equality Award presented by Rutgers Law School’s Black Law Students Association. 

Mr. King received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Political Science from Oglethorpe University.  He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

The Judge John F. Gerry Memorial Scholarship Award, established in 2002, will also be presented at the dinner. The award is available to students enrolled at any New Jersey law school. Scholarship recipients must have demonstrated academic achievement and genuine financial need, coupled with a verifiable history of and/or a desire to practice in the public service sector.

Tax deductible donations to support the Gerry Memorial Scholarship may be sent to the Camden County Bar Foundation, 1040 N. Kings Highway, Suite 201, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Tickets for the Award Presentation are $80 in advance and $90 at the door, with a portion of the ticket price going to the Gerry Scholarship Fund. To make reservations for the Gerry Award presentation, use the Gerry Award flyer or reserve and pay online at www.camdencountybar.org.  Reservations must be received by Thursday, October 3.