Allan is a member of the New Jersey Bar. As such, he practices in Municipal Courts, the Superior Court of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Supreme Court. He is a member of the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, also the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is authorized to practice before the United States Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Allan graduated with honors in 1976 from Seton Hall University School of Law. He passed the New Jersey Bar and was admitted to practice that same year. Allan currently belongs to the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is a past chair of its Criminal Law Section, as well as of its Municipal Court Practice Section. In 2006, he delivered a lecture at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association concerning Challenging Laboratory Identification of Marijuana in Municipal Court. Law & Politics Magazine, and the publishers of New Jersey Monthly, have included Allan Marain on its list of New Jersey's “Super Lawyers” in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Associations and Notable Achievements
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Member
- Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey - Member of the Board of Trustees for Several Terms
- Middlesex County Bar Association - Completed a Three-Year Term as Trustee
- Middlesex County Assignment Judge's Criminal Lawyers Committee - Member
- James Publishing Incorporated (Publisher of Relentless Criminal Cross Examination and numerous other litigation texts) - Editorial Advisory Board
- Garden State Continuing Legal Education Services - Senior Instructor
- Rutgers University - Guest Lecturer in Criminology Courses
- Seton Hall Law School - Guest Lecturer
- New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Instructed Skills and Methods Course in Criminal Law
Allan is a frequent presenter at various association meets. In October 2009, he gave a presentation to the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey at its annual "Super Saturday" seminar. He has been a presenter in seminars to New Jersey attorneys of "Expungements under New Jersey Law". New Jersey County and local law enforcement agencies have sought his advice concerning application of New Jersey Statutes and Court Rules relating to expungements.The February 2005 "New Jersey Lawyers Magazine," published by the New Jersey State Bar Association, featured Allan's article entitled, "Expungement of Criminal Proceedings."
Allan's hobbies include reading, mathematics, philosophy, sociology, computers, aviation, movies, and physics. He likes animals and music. NJ lawyer criminal muncipal court charged He enjoys playing backgammon, bridge, checkers, chess, hearts, monopoly, and scrabble. He is the immediate past president of Compassion and Choices of New Jersey, Inc. (formerly the Hemlock Society of New Jersey). Some of his personal heroes are Julian Assange, Jackson Browne, Chester Carlson, Rachel Carson, Noam Chomsky, Howard Cosell, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Daniel Ellsberg, Epicurus, Philo T. Farnsworth, Richard Feynman, Amy Goodman, John Lennon, Lucretius, Harold Henry “Pee Wee” Reese; Jackie Robinson, Gore Vidal, and Howard Zinn.
Allan's readings include both fiction and non-fiction. His non-fiction reading typically relates to the hobbies listed above. Allan's fiction readings include humor, science fiction, and courtroom dramas. His two favorite science fiction authors (now both deceased) are Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. He has also accumulated an interesting collection of quotations and irreverencies.
His three favorite courtroom novels are The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk; To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; and Anatomy of a Murder, by Robert Traver. John Grisham novels are not among Allan's favorites. He finds too much fantasizing in them. It's not that Allan has anything against fantasizing as such. For example, he's a real Batman fan, and he enjoyed the first three Terminator movies. (He found the fourth to be, to put it charitably, crap.) But what he dislikes is fantasizing in something that tries to present itself as plausible.
Allan has a Commercial Pilot's license and is a Certified Flight Instructor. He has flown both complex and high performance aircraft. His last significant aviation accomplishment was to gain total proficiency with and provide ground instruction for Bendix/King KLN89B and KLN94 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) navigating equipment. Over the years, Allan flew regularly from various airports in New Jersey, including Essex County Airport (CDW), Marlboro (2N8), Princeton (39N) and, most recently, Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N) in Manville; and Double Eagle II Airport (AEG), in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In Spring, 2002, he discontinued flying for a combination of reasons. Allan looks forward to resuming his flying at some future time.
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