Michael A. Pane Ethics In Government Award To Be Preserved

The Michael Pane Award, established by the Pane Family and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, is given in honor of Michael A. Pane, Sr., who was the long-time editor of the Municipal Law Review, president and trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys, counsel to the New Jersey Association of Municipal Clerks, counsel to the League of Municipalities and author of the New Jersey Practice Series, Local Government Law volumes. It honors a municipal professional who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and whose work has significantly enhanced the integrity of local government. Recipients of the award have been William Cox, Duane O. Davidson, William Kearns, Ronald Cucchiaro, Kristina Hadinger, Harry Pozycki, Jeffrey Surenian, Dennis M. Galvin, Stuart Koenig and John Gillespie. The award includes an honorarium of $500. NJILGA's liaison to the Michael A. Pane Memorial Fund's Board is Kristina P. Hadinger.

The awards are customarily made at the Institute's reception at the November convention of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

Michael A. Pane Sr. and Michael A. Pane Jr.

 Following the recent untimely death of Michael A. Pane, Jr., arrangements have been made with the Pane family to continue the Michael A. Pane Ethics in Government Award. Established to honor the late Michael A. Pane, Sr., the award is presented at the Annual Institute of Local Government Attorneys Reception held at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Convention in November. 

Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding, the assets of the Michael A. Pane Memorial Fund will be transferred to and held by the New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation, Inc., to be used in support of the Michael A. Pane Ethics in Government Award. The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) has agreed to undertake the provision of the award through a specific Pane award committee appointed by the NJILGA President and including past recipients of the award. The League and the Institute will cooperate in the solicitation of nominations for the award. 

As in the past, a condition of the award is that the recipient will produce an ethics article for publication in the League Magazine. The Institute and the League are very honored to partner with the Pane family in preserving this important award.