Trenton, NJ (PRWEB) May 15, 2014
Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq., has been honored by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities with the organization’s highest honor, The Lifetime Achievement Advocacy Award.
Mr. Hinkle, a resident of Titusville, New Jersey, is a founding partner of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, attorneys at law, a private firm with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Since 1974, he has been representing the interests of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
“I am deeply humbled by this honor,” said Mr. Hinkle. “The Council does such important work for the disability community.”
The first director of New Jersey’s Office of the Public Advocate, Division of Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled, Mr. Hinkle has tried a number of precedent-setting disability-law cases affecting the legal and civil rights of people with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions.
“He has fought tirelessly for the rights of individuals to access services, to receive equal treatment under the law, and to live in communities of their choosing,” said Thomas Baffuto, Executive Director of the Arc of New Jersey.
Mr. Hinkle has served on the Board of Directors for a variety of non-profit organizations, including United Cerebral Palsy Associations, the Arc of New Jersey, Autism New Jersey, Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey (PLAN-NJ), Easter Seals, the Alzheimer’s Association and NAMI NJ. He is currently serving as president of the Autism New Jersey Foundation.
He holds a JD from Rutgers University and a LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar, the American Association for Justice, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been a consultant to Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the New Jersey Commission on Bioethics. A widely published writer and lecturer, Hinkle is also an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers Law School, Camden, where he teaches trusts and estates, and estate planning.