Cándido Rodríguez, Jr.
Presently practicing in New Jersey, Mr. Rodriguez has more than nineteen (19) years of experience in the general practice of law with a heavy concentration on criminal matters and Family Law. Presently, he has the following cases published: State vs. Burbano, 304 N.J. Super 215(Law Div. 1986) and Caro vs. Sher, 296 N.J. Super 594 (N.J. Super Ch., 1996).
For the period of December 1984 until June 1988, he was the Assistant Deputy Public Defender and Trial Counsel for the Office of the Public Defender in the County of Essex. There he managed a case load of more than 500 cases with defense of criminal offenses ranging from homicide to conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He tried over 150 cases from pre-trial motions to jury verdict.
Mr. Rodriguez commenced his career practicing in the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. He also worked as a legal intern for the Essex-Newark Legal Services, Hispanic Clinic in the City of Newark, New Jersey (1982-1983). He served as law clerk for Frank A. Ortiz, Esq.
Mr. Rodríguez received his Juris Doctor degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law in January 1983 and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar on December 1983.Since then, Mr. Rodriguez has been an active member in the legal and local community for the following community service affiliations: Chairman of Panel 6 of the District XII of the District Fee Arbitration Committee (December 3, 1993-August 31, 1997); member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Courts representing the New Jersey State Hispanic Bar Association (1989); member of the Hispanic National Bar Association; member of the Union County Bar Association; member of the National Board of Directors for the Law School Civil Rights Research Council, Inc.(1982); Vice-president of the Spanish-American Law Students Association (1981-1082); Secretary of the Spanish-American Law Students Association (1979-1980); member of the N.A.A.C.P., Adelphi University Resident Assistant Board and Pre-Law Council (1976-1979); Deans List, Adelphi University; Vice-president of the Latin Students Union of Adelphi University (1976-1977); Appointed by the City Manager of Long Beach to Board of service agencies funded by municipal and federal government (1975-1976); Youth Representative, Spanish Brotherhood Board of Directors (1975-1976); and President/co-founder of the Long Beach High School Latin Union (1974-1976).