New Jersey Legal Giants To Be Honored By Thurgood Marshall College Fund At 17th Annual Awards Of Excellence

WASHINGTON, DC – March 22, 2017 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announced today the four award recipients selected for the 17th Annual New Jersey Awards of Excellence. These distinguished individuals will be honored for their impact on the next generation of leaders and for their lifetime of service as champions of social justice reform in the legal field. Proceeds from the event benefit the work of TMCF, in its 30th Anniversary year, as the leading advocate for the nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The awards dinner will be held at Nanina’s in the Park, Belleville, New Jersey, on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

The 17th Annual New Jersey Awards of Excellence honorees are:

  • The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo
    United States District Court Judge, District of New Jersey
  • Angelo J. Genova, Esq.
    Senior Partner, Co-Founder and Chairman, Genova Burns
  • Ryan P. Haygood, Esq.
    President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  • Catherine Weiss, Esq.
    Partner, Lowenstein Sandler

“Our 2017 honorees are living examples of the enduring legacy of our namesake, Justice Thurgood Marshall. New Jersey should be proud of these accomplished leaders,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO of TMCF.

“There could be no higher honor than to receive an award in the memory of Thurgood Marshall,” commented 2017 awardee Judge Madeline Cox Arleo.

Past New Jersey Awards of Excellence honorees include: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman US House of Representatives (NJ-12); Rev. Edwin Leahy of Newark’s St. Benedict Preparatory School; and Paulette Brown, Esq., immediate past president of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Individual seats and tables are still available for advance purchase by registering online or contacting Mary Jones at

About Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), established in 1987 is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. TMCF represents all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and its member-schools include the 47 publicly-supported HBCUs. With TMCF member-schools educating 80% of all students attending HBCUs, TMCF helps students with a clear intention to succeed acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: