Jason Foy was installed April 6 as president of the Bergen County Bar Association, making him the first Black leader of the organization since it began 124 years ago.
Foy was sworn in by Associate Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis, the first female Black justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
“I think everyone in this room understands the importance of having people in positions of power in this profession be a reflection of the rich diversity of this county and this state, and tonight Jason becomes one of those people and certainly his representation as the president of this Bar Association will inspire generations of young lawyers to see what is possible to reach some of the highest heights in this profession,” said Pierre-Louis, who took her post in September 2020.
Foy has practiced criminal law throughout his career and has been a lawyer in Bergen County for more than 21 years.
“I am humbled and proud to accept this honor and historic role as the first Black attorney to serve as president of the BCBA. Me being president today is an opportunity for long term change. As we head into this post-pandemic year with renewed vigor for public activity, I will continue the path charted by the esteemed past leadership and focus on promoting the interests of the BCBA membership,” he said.
Foy plans to work with the New Jersey State Bar Association on ongoing jury selection reform; building rapport and strengthening BCBA’s relationships with state senators, with the specific goal of offering the association’s membership as a resource to their constituents; and addressing the judicial vacancies that plague the administration of justice in Bergen County.
In addition to Foy, the organization’s other officers moved up the succession ladder. William Strasser became president-elect, Laura Sutnick became first vice president, Cynthia Petrowsky became second vice president, James Seplowitz became treasurer, Geoffrey Mueller became secretary, and Eileen Mulroy became immediate past president.