Joseph C. Noto, who is a member of the NJ State Bar Association, wants his blog followers to know that the Bar Association announced that there was a stunning reversal of fortune. The candidate that the State Bar Association officials had tried to disqualify as an out-of-state interloper is now poised to be its president in just three years. On Monday, Thomas Prol, of Franklin, won a runoff election for the post of second vice president, defeating Nancy Erika Smith, of Montclair, by a vote of 1,860 to 1,721. Barring unforeseen future challenges, Prol will ascend the ladder of succession to the top office in 2016-17, becoming the first openly gay president in State Bar history. Joseph Noto, a Bergen County divorce Lawyer, is very happy with this election result.