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State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Nia Gill ineligible to practice law for failure to pay fee

Senator serves as general counsel to the Essex County Improvement Authority

By David Wildstein, April 14 2021 6:32 pm

State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) has been ineligible to practice law for the last six months after failing to pay a registration fee required under New Jersey court rules.

Despite being notified of her ineligibility, Gill continues to hold a $70,416-a-year job as general  counsel for the Essex County Improvement Authority.

Gill went on the ineligible list on October 5, 2020 after not paying a $252 fee to the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.  The fund was established in 1961 as a way to reimburse clients who suffered losses as a result of a dishonest attorney.

The six-term Essex County senator would have been notified in writing that she was delinquent and would have been told that her name would be included on a list of ineligible attorneys.

Still, Gill has attended 6 of the 7 authority meetings since her ineligibility status became effective in her role as general counsel, records show.

As of today, Gill had not paid her registration fee, a spokesperson for the judiciary confirmed.

She needs to simply pay the annual fee in order to be restored to eligible status, the courts said.

Non-compliance is not considered a major violation, but it could be down the road.  After seven years on the ineligible list, the Supreme Court may move to revoke a license to practice.

Gill received her job as a counsel to the Essex County Improvement Authority in 2008.  She replaced former Livingston Mayor David Katz, who was nominated for a Superior Court judgeship.  Gill signed off on Katz, abstained on his nomination as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and that voted in support of his nomination in a full Senate vote.

The lawmaker did not immediately respond to telephone calls, voice mails and a 5:00 PM text message.

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