Joseph H. Kenney, a retired Ballard Spahr partner, will be honored with the St. Thomas More Society Award tomorrow, November 19. Dennis J. Sullivan, the Bishop of Camden, will present the award at The Red Mass, a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, held for members of the legal profession.

The St. Thomas More Society presents the award annually to a member of the legal profession who exemplifies the principles of St. Thomas More, a 16th century English lawyer who was canonized in 1935. He is remembered for his moral convictions, which he upheld even when they conflicted with government authority. The Mass will be held at the Church of St. Margaret in Woodbury Heights.

Mr. Kenney, a lifelong practicing Catholic, has been an active member of his Cherry Hill parish for the past 20 years. He is a Eucharistic Minister, a lay person who distributes Holy Communion at Mass and takes it to homebound members of the parish. For nearly five years, Mr. Kenney served on the Executive Committee of the Lifelong Faith Formation Endowment, which supports and provides scholarships for Catholics interested in studying lay ministry.

While at Ballard Spahr, Mr. Kenney was a trial lawyer and a partner in the Litigation Department. His practice focused on complex civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He served as president of The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, the Camden County Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Mr. Kenney was the recipient of their 1988 Trial Attorney of the Year Award from the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.

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