The Honorable Joe Irenas '58 Honored at Commencement
Posted 06/24/2009 02:26PM

The Honorable Joseph Irenas, a member of Pingry’s Class of 1958, was honored on June 7, 2009, with Pingry’s Letter-in-Life Award. This is the highest award that the Pingry Alumni Association presents to an alumnus of the school, intended to pay tribute to those who have gained distinction for themselves and brought honor to Pingry.

Judge Irenas has devoted his career to practicing law and, for almost two decades, to serving as a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He was appointed by Former President George H.W. Bush. As a district court judge appointed for life, he hears cases that arise under federal statutes or the Constitution.  

He has also tutored lawyers for the bar exam, served as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Law, lectured nationally, and served as a member of the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners, among numerous accomplishments. In his acceptance speech, Judge Irenas emphasized the importance of ethical decisions and behavior.

Pingry presents this annual award during Commencement for two reasons: the graduating seniors can recognize the individual as a role model, and the seniors are encouraged to set the same high standards and aim for similar accomplishments in their careers.

Pictured: Judge Joe Irenas '58 receiving his citation from PAA President Steve Lipper '79, as Headmaster Nat Conard observes