Congratulations to NJWLA Executive Board Member, Osato Chitou – Honored as an iconic Rutgers Alumni by the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law School!

Congratulations to NJWLA Executive Board Member, Osato Chitou!

On February 3rd, Ms. Chitou will be honored as an iconic Rutgers Alumni by the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law School in Newark at its 26th Annual Jazz for Justice!

For more information on the event, please email

Summer Internship Opportunity

2017 1L Summer Internship Program
Prudential Financial, Inc.

The National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (“Prudential”) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, NAWL will select a student to join the 2017 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.

Internship Description
The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:

  • Paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia, PA; May 23-25, 2017;
  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department;
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects and other substantive work;
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review;
  • Interviewing skill development and mock interview practice;
  • Networking both within Prudential and externally with law firms and regulatory groups;
  • Presentation development and delivery;
  • The opportunity to shadow attorneys on various projects;
  • Opportunities to interview with select local firms for potential 2L internships

The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks from May 22 to July 28, 2017. Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on a weekly basis.

Intern Requirements
Applicants must be members of NAWL. They need to be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The applicant must be scheduled for graduation in spring 2019 (full-time students) or spring 2020 (part-time students). The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.

Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential’s office in Newark, New Jersey.

How to Apply
To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a copy of your transcript to:

Kelsey Vuillemot,
National Association of Women Lawyers
321 North Clark Street, MS 19.1
Chicago, IL 60654

Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 PM CT on January 25, 2017. The finalist shall be selected and notified by a Prudential HR staff member on or before
March 13, 2017.


Fall 2016 Newsletter

Member News

Board Member and Past President,
Lynda A. Bennett,
shares her journey that shattered her own bias of “Women Groups” in this Bloomberg Law article.

Board Member and Past President,
Kirsten Branigan,
published an article in the NJ Law Journal about her path from big firm to her own practice and quest to find work-life balance. You can find that article here.

Board Member and WILL
Platinum Award Recipient,
Michellene Davis,
has been named #25 on
Politicker NJ’s 2016 Power List.

Board Member,
Carmen M. Garcia,
pictured here (above, left) with New Jersey State Senator, Nilsa Cruz Perez, after receiving their awards at the Hispanic Leadership Summit held on October 29, 2016 at Rowan University.

Board Member,
Dina Mastellone,
was recognized as Touro Law Center’s Alumni of the Month for the month of October.

Board Member,
Tanya Mascarich,
argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on November 9, 2016 in a case of first impression in which the trial court had invalidated an assignment of an insurance policy to an alleged corporate successor. The Supreme Court hearing was recounted in this Law360 article

Executive Board Member,
Michelle Schaap,
was featured in this NJBiz “Beyond the Law” article.

Annmarie Simeone,
received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award at the November 3rd NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law Luncheon.

Member and WILL
Platinum Award Recipient,
The Honorable
Barbara Byrd Wecker,

retired Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court and Chair of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Department of Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker, for being elected to membership as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. The College, an invitation only organization comprised of nationally and internationally recognized commercial arbitrators, promotes the highest standards of conduct, professionalism and ethical practices in the field of commercial arbitration.

Have you recently …

Won a summary judgment motion?

Closed a big deal?

Tried your first case?

Started a new job?

Had a baby?

Earned a promotion?

Returned to the workforce?

Celebrated 10, 20, 25, etc. years as a lawyer?

Been named a Rising Star or SuperLawyer in your field?

Whatever your good news is, we want you to share your success! Please email with any details you would like to be included in our next NJWLA newsletter


NJWLA Supports Resolution 107 
Passed by ABA

Do you want to be featured in our Member Spotlight Section?

On February 8, 2016, the American Bar Association passed Resolution 107, encouraging all states with mandatory or minimum continuing legal education requirements (“MCLE”) to modify the requirements to include a minimum number of credits for programs regarding diversity and inclusion. In support of Resolution 107, on October 3, 2016, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association submitted a letter to the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s Board on Continuing Legal Education, strongly urging the Board to adopt Resolution 107 and require diversity and inclusion programming as a part of New Jersey’s mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys. Thereafter, the NJWLA reached out to the affinity bars and the New Jersey State Bar Association seeking additional support of Resolution 107. In a resounding effort, all of the active affinity bars and the NJSBA have signed on to support the NJWLA request to modify current New Jersey MCLE requirements. This support includes a separate letter, dated October 19, 2016, from NJSBA President, Thomas Prol, to the Board, urging the Board to include mandatory programming on diversity and inclusion for New Jersey MCLE requirements. We now await the Board determination on this request.

 2017 NJWLA
Grant Announcement

NJWLA is currently accepting Grant Applications for programs that research, develop, and/or implement solutions, strategies and initiatives to: 1) support and promote women lawyers to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions and the judiciary; 2) engage in statewide and/or nationwide efforts designed to retain women in the legal
profession, including through providing education; 3) remove barriers to women’s entry and advancement in the legal profession; 4) develop and promote women leaders, role models and mentors in the legal profession; 5) educate the legal profession and general public about gender equity concerns and issues related to the legal profession; 6) provide a voice for women, including in shaping legislation of importance to women; and 7) encourage women to attend law school. The total amount of the Grant availability will be $25,000. There is no dollar limit on the amount an organization may apply for; however, NJWLA anticipates that it will award multiple grants in 2017 from this total amount. NJWLA in its discretion may award all, some or none of the available grant funds to applicants.

The 2017 Grant Application can be found here.
The 2017 Grant Agreement can be found here.

Colleen Skinner,
Executive Director
New Jersey Women
Lawyers Association
372 Franklin Avenue,
Suite 713
Nutley, NJ 07110

5:00 P.M. on
DECEMBER 15, 2016.

Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered for funding.

December 2015

Committee Spotlight

In an effort to help familiarize our membership with each NJWLA committee, each quarterly E-newsletter will highlight various NJWLA committees. A list of all committees and committee directors can be found here. This edition will highlight the Endorsements Committee.

The events planned by the NJWLA Committees are designed to support and promote the advancement and retention of women in the legal profession. The Endorsements Committee focuses its efforts on supporting female lawyers who wish to advance their careers through appointments to the judiciary and to State Boards and Commissions. In addition to executing educational programs, the Endorsements Committee interviews and endorses qualified women attorneys for appointments within the State and Federal Judiciary, and for other roles, including key executive roles such as County Prosecutor, County Sherriff and County Counsel, or service on a State Board or Commission. Members of the Endorsement Committee have also participated in meetings with the Governor’s Counsel and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the importance of appointment qualified female candidates and provided names in that regard.

To that end, NJWLA has partnered with the Hispanic Bar Association (HBA) and other specialty bar associations for the past several years to host “How to Become a Judge, Commissioner or Board Member: Nuts and Bolts of the Judicial and New Jersey State Appointments Process” (“the Nuts and Bolts event”). The Nuts and Bolts event is a panel discussion comprised of attorneys who have either obtained judicial and State appointments or have participated in the evaluation process required to obtain those appointments. The event provides CLE credit and is incredibly informative, providing detailed information about what to do and expect throughout each type of appointment process as well as the time commitment involved in holding those positions. There is also great networking before and after the panel discussion. It is a must-attend for anyone with true aspirations of becoming a judge or sitting on a State commission or board, and anyone just exploring new ways to get involved and expand her career opportunities.

The powerhouse panel of the April 2016 Nuts and Bolts event was comprised of: Honorable Lois H. Goodman (United States Magistrate Judge), Michellene Davis (Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Barnabas Health), Yolanda Rodriguez (Assistant Counsel, Appointments Office, Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey), Susan A Feeney (partner at McCarter & English, LLP), E. Michael Angulo (General Counsel at Stockton University), and Andrea Martinez-Mejia (Community Health Services Coordinator for the City of Trenton). Past NJWLA President Kirsten S. Branigan (Founder of the Law Office of Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, P.C.), Arlene Quinones Perez (Partner at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick and Cole, LLP) and Jhanice V. Domingo (Counsel at Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C.) co-moderated the discussion.

Meet the
 Political Party Leaders

September 28, 2016
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis

Iselin, New Jersey – The Women’s Leadership Forum of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis hosted “Meet the Political Party Leaders,” a bi-partisan program sponsored by the Public Policy Committee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and co-hosted by the Mercer and Middlesex County Bar Associations. One hundred guests were on hand to network with state legislators, county chairs and state committee members. Attendees then had the unique opportunity to participate in an informative and interactive panel discussion about election law and the political process here in New Jersey.

A Night with the Author of Notorious RBG

October 13, 2016
The Law Center

New Brunswick, New Jersey-
In excess of 130 attorneys gathered at the New Jersey Law Center to enjoy “An Evening with Irin Carmon” co-author of New York Times Best Seller, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Notorious RBG, Ms. Carmon’s first book co-written with Shana Knizhnik, not only chronicles the life and accomplishments of Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg, but succeeds in transforming her into a pop culture phenomenon.
A networking cocktail reception preceded the presentation by Ms. Carmon in which she and moderators, Dina Mastellone, NJWLA Board Member and WIPS Chair President, and Jaimee Katz Sussner, NJWLA Board Member, discussed the book and insight into the progression of Justice Ginsburg’s legal career, notable cases, and her dedication to the advancement of women. The program concluded with an audience Q & A and an opportunity for all attendees to meet Ms. Carmon and receive copies of the Notorious RBG autographed by both authors. The program was generously sponsored by Genova Burns LLC, Felicia F. Garland of Greenberg & Rapp, Provident Bank and Friedman LLP.

YLD Roundtable

November 17, 2016
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

West Orange, New Jersey – Thank you to NJWLA’s Young Lawyers Division and Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC for planning and hosting an interactive and informative Young Lawyers Roundtable with presentations by Jean Oursler, The Results Queen and Beth McKenna and Cristy Kaur of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

Member Spotlight:
Christine Bator

Board Member and Rutgers Law School Professor, Christine Bator, and her Energy Law students at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant. Oyster Creek is the oldest nuclear power plant in the country.

In This Issue

Member News
ABA Resolution 107 Announcement
Grant Announcement
Committee Spotlight
Meet the Political Party Leaders
A night with the Author of Notorious RBG
YLD Roundtable
Upcoming Events
Message From the President

Upcoming Events

NJWLA Annual
Holiday Party

Come join NJWLA at our Annual Holiday Party.

December 13, 2016 McCarter & English
Newark, NJ

Register Here

10th Annual WILL Platinum Gala


March 28, 2017

The Grove
Cedar Grove, NJ 

The NJWLA’s Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award is bestowed upon individuals for their exceptional achievements, their sustained contributions to gender equity challenges and other issues unique to women in the legal profession. 

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View Honorees
View Table Sponsorship Packages
View Ticket Order Form 

Message from the President

Wow, we have had a very exciting and busy fall. We had a great networking and Annual Kick-off Event in mid-September at LeMalt Lounge in Colonia, New Jersey, where we excitedly greeted old friends and eagerly met new members. We discussed our plans for the coming year and new ideas for programs and events. Special Thanks go out to our co-sponsors, Wilentz and Hudson Court Reporting.

We followed the kickoff with the Public Policy Committee Program entitled: “Meet the Political Party Leaders” held in late September at Greenbaum Rowe. Political party leaders presented their personal and professional experiences to a packed house. It was also our first NJWLA approved CLE course, so we were excited to be able to award CLE credit to all attendees. The event turned out to be a great success, and was well attended by members, non-members and political party representatives. All in attendance learned about becoming involved in the political party process at all levels. Thanks go to our sponsor Greenbaum Rowe for hosting and to the Middlesex, Mercer and Bergen County Bar Associations for getting the word out about the program.

We co-sponsored an event in early October with the New Jersey State Bar Association regarding the Equal Rights Amendment. A number of panelists at the program, which was held at the Alice Paul Institute, were involved early in the movement seeking passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The discussions centered on past efforts and possible future strategies in an effort to revitalize the movement. Facts were presented regarding recent surveys taken across the country which demonstrated that many American citizens incorrectly believed that the Equal Rights Amendment had passed a number of years ago and was, in fact, a Constitutional Amendment. Unfortunately, that is not the case but, New Jersey State Bar President, Thomas Prol, has made it a mission of his presidency to move the Equal Rights Amendment towards passage. Again, the crowd was at capacity and there was much discussion about raising your passion to take action toward a passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Later in October, we held the Notorious RBG Event at the Law Center, which was co-sponsored by the Women in the Profession Section of the State Bar Association. The event was very well attended and in all likelihood was our largest event, aside from our annual Gala. Dina Mastellone and Jaimee Katz Sussner moderated the discussion with the Notorious RBG author, Irin Carmon about the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her efforts to establish important rights for women. The evening was a tremendous success.

Our Tales from the Bench series continued with a presentation by retired Judge Harriet Farber Klein in November. She presented to a full house and shared her experiences as a lawyer and a Judge. She also offered insight on work-life balance issues pointing out changes that she has seen over time. Many thanks go to Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP for hosting the luncheon.

Just before Thanksgiving, the Young Lawyers Division held an evening of roundtable discussions hosted by Chiesa Shahinian and Giantomasi. Seasoned representatives from the accounting, marketing and legal fields led discussions with the young lawyers. The young lawyers gained insight into areas affecting their personal and professional lives and thought it was a great opportunity to seek advice in an informal setting.

Finally, we are so excited to announce that our 10th Annual Gala is on March 28th at The Grove in Cedar Grove. It’s already looking like it will be another exceptional night in the life of our organization. Ticket sales are moving at a fast pace and we expect a sell out so please reserve your tables now. Discounts are available through December 31st. Please see for details.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the Holiday Party on December 13th at McCarter & English!

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association | 973-819-9488 | | http://www.njwla.org633 Franklin AvenuePMB #118Nutley, NJ 07110

Congratulations to NJWLA Board Member, Renée Rubino!

Renée A. Rubino, Esq. to serve on Steering Committee for the United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council

Ms. Rubino has been appointed to the Women’s Leadership Council’s Steering Committee.  The WLC is a group of influential and passionate women who ensure that its members have meaningful opportunities to learn about the needs of our community, mobilize support for local solutions, and make a lasting impact on future generations.  With an emphasis on ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), areas of assistance include child care, food, health care, transportation and educational scholarships.  The Northern New Jersey WLC is part of a global network of nearly 70,000 women from 163 United Ways dedicated to creating stronger communities. Collectively, the Councils have raised more than $1 billion to address critical needs. Ms. Rubino will serve as  the WLC Representative for Morris County.  She can be reached

Congratulations to Board Member, Victoria Cioppettini and NJWLA Members, Jill Bienstock and Lauren Manduke on being named Members of the firm at Cole Schotz P.C.!

We are pleased to announce that Jill Bienstock, Victoria Cioppettini, Jason Finkelstein and Lauren Manduke have been named Members of the firm

January 1, 2016 Attorneys: Jill B. Bienstock, Victoria Cioppettini, Jason R. Finkelstein and Lauren M. Manduke

We are pleased to announce that four of our attorneys have been named Members of the firm. Ms. Bienstock is a member of the Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. She focuses her practice on creditors’ rights, avoidance actions and reorganizations for both individuals and corporate entities. She is a graduate of the New York Law School. Ms. Cioppettini, a member of the Litigation Department, guides business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs through the challenges that accompany litigation. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. Mr. Finkelstein is a member of the Litigation Department. He represents a wide range of clients in the state, federal and bankruptcy courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as in a variety of commercial arbitration venues. He is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Ms. Manduke handles complex commercial disputes in both New Jersey and New York including business divorce, licensing disputes, fraud, employment, insurance and land use litigation. She is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law.

Diverse Professionals Afternoon at Crossroads

Presented by the NJSBA Diversity Committee

1-5 pm

Crossroads Theatre
7 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick 

Join us for an afternoon private reception and networking event for New Jersey State Bar Association members and guests, immediately followed by the play…


by Kisha Bundridge

Crossroads marks Black History Month with a daring story of the famed abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, from a modern perspective set in the Harriet Tubman Retirement Home.

1 p.m.—Networking Reception | 3 p.m.—Performance

$55 NJSBA members | $65 Nonmemembers

Sponsored by 

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Corporate Transactional Associate – NJ office

The New Jersey office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has an opening for a bright, energetic, and hard-working attorney with at least 5 years of solid corporate and transactional experience. The firm has a steady client base of corporate clients that require a broad spectrum of legal services. The position provides the opportunity to be an integral part of our Business Law Group.

An undergraduate background in business, accounting, or related areas is helpful but not required. Experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, technology/IT licensing, securities, real estate, financing, or secured lending is a plus. Excellent contract drafting skills and interpersonal skills are a must. The candidate will also possess superior academic credentials and excellent research, writing and communication skills; and will be prepared to work both independently and collaboratively on a variety of substantive matters.

If a sophisticated corporate and transactional practice in a high quality of life firm sounds appealing, give this opportunity serious consideration.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Carissa Klein, Recruiting Coordinator, at Note “Corporate Associate Position” in the subject line of the email.

No phone inquiries, please.

Summer 2016 Newsletter

In This Issue

Member News
2016-2017 Executive Board
Grantee Update
Committee Spotlight
5th Annual “Fore Ladies Only” Golf Outing & Clinic
2016 Judicial Panel
Installation Dinner
Women at the Bar Event Photos
Upcoming Events

Member News

Board Member,
Susan Feeney,
will recieve the Saint Thomas More Medal from Seton Hall Law and the Saint Thomas More Society at an annual Mass celebrating the judiciary.

Board Member,
Tanya Mascarich,
was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the field of Insurance Law.

Samantha Fasanello
has been selected as one of Chief Justice Rabner’s clerks for the 2017-2018 term.

Have you recently …..
Won a summary judgment motion?
Closed a big deal?
Tried your first case?
Started a new job?
Had a baby?
Earned a promotion?
Returned to the workforce?
Celebrated 10, 20, 25, etc. years as a lawyer?
Been named a Rising Star or SuperLawyer in your field?
Whatever your good news is, we want you to share your success! Please email
with any details you would like to be included in our next NJWLA newsletter

Executive Board Officers and Directors

The following is the complete list of the
Executive Board Officers and Directors of
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.

We congratulate all of our newly elected Board Members for the 2016-2017 Board Year (Executive Board) and for the 2016-2018 Board Term (Director and
Trustee at Large Positions).
We welcome you to the NJWLA Leadership if you are new to our Board and thank you for your continuing commitment if you are a returning Board Member.
All Board positions became effective July 1, 2016.

Loren Pierce

Annmarie Simeone

Vice President
Michelle Schaap

Chief Financial Officer
Sandra Moran

Operating Officers

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn
Susan Kleiner
Jemi Goulian Lucey

Co-General Counsel
Susan O’Connor
Brett Harris

Diversity Officers

Osatu Chitou
Lora Fong
Linda Harvey

Melissa Bracuti
Elyse Wolff

Immediate Past President
Jessica Stein Allen

Nominations Co-Directors
Suzanne Cerra
Randi Kochman

Committee Chairs/Directors

Best Practices
Michele Haas
Laura Conway
Jewel Watson

Khabirah Myers
Marisa Kussoy
Sharmila Jaipersaud

Susan Feeney
Carmen M. Garcia
Angela Iuso

Gala Committee
Dina Mastellone
Stacey Adams

Grants/Charitable Giving
Jen Barna
Wendy Klein
Karen Wachs
Elizabeth Gramigna

Judicial Outreach
Heather Boshak
Diana Manning
Loly Tor

Irina Elgart
Carole Lynn Nowicki
Tanya Mascarich

Nancy Arencibia
Theresa Donahue Egler

Nancy Lottinville
Michelle Sekowski
Jaimee Katz Sussner

Public Policy
Christine Bator
Jody Carbone
Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor

Solo/Small Firm
Cherie Adams
Lorraine Gauli-Rufo
Renee Rubino

Women’s Leadership
Jennifer Borek
Victoria Cioppettini
Silvia Fernandes
Natalie Richer

Young Lawyers
Grace Byrd
Jessica Carroll
Abigail Remore

Trustees at Large
Michellene Davis
Donna Jennings
Lisa Presser
Kristin Sostowski

Past Presidents
Kirsten Scheurer Branigan
Lynne Anne Anderson
Lynda Bennett
Wendy Johnson Lario
Galit Kierkut

Grantee Update

With the support of the New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association’s Grant Program, the Alice Paul Institute successfully ran Alice Paul Professional Leadership Institute (APPLI): College & Careers, a summertime career and college exploration program for high school girls from July 25-28, 2016. 15 girls visited Rowan University, Rutgers University-Camden, Rowan College at Burlington County, Virtua Hospital, to learn about medical careers, Lockheed Martin, to learn about engineering careers in addition to attending a host of workshops on college ranking, admission essay writing, personal finance, resume writing, college financial aid, and promoting yourself positively on social media promotion. A key success of the program took part in the final day when women professionals from a variety of careers worked with the girls learning, networking skills in a round-robin speed-networking session at Paulsdale. Attorney and NJWLA board member Michelle Schaap volunteered her time to talk with the girls about her career in law, providing inspiration and advice for aspiring attorneys.

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Committee Spotlight

In an effort to help familiarize our membership with each NJWLA committee, each quarterly E-newsletter will highlight four different committees. A list of all committees and committee directors can be found here. This edition will highlight the following committees: (1) Programming and Sponsorship; (2) Grants and Charitable Giving; (3) Marketing; and (4) Public Policy.

The Programming and Sponsorship committee is responsible for identifying and obtaining corporate, individual, academic and law firm sponsors for events promoted or organized by NJWLA as well as the Fall Kick-Off party, the Holiday Party, and Law Day. The Fall Kick-Off party is traditionally held in September and the primary focus of this event is to introduce women to the organization and its committee system. The Holiday Party is held each December at the office of the host law firm. Rather than simply making a monetary donation to a charitable partner, guests of the Holiday Party are asked to make an in-kind donation, which is given to the needy through that event’s charitable partner. Law Day is celebrated on May 1st each year during which representatives from the Programming and Sponsorship Committee and other members present a program to high school students on the annual topic set by the ABA. Already this year, the committee has been instrumental in organizing “An Evening with Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik” (the authors of Notorious RBG), which is scheduled for October 13, 2016.

Each year, the Grants and Charitable Giving Committee evaluates and makes recommendations for NJWLA grants to be awarded to non-profit organizations. Organizations considered offer programs that research, develop, and/or implement solutions, strategies or initiatives to support and promote women lawyers; engage in statewide and/or nationwide efforts designed to retain women in the legal profession; remove barriers to women’s entry and advancement in the legal profession; develop and promote women leaders, role models and mentors in the legal profession, educate the legal profession and general public about gender equity concerns and issues; and/or provide a voice for women, including in shaping legislation of importance to women and encouraging women to attend law school. Since its inception, NJWLA has awarded $130,000 in grants to deserving organizations. The application process begins in the Fall with each year’s grantees being announced by February of the grant year.

The Marketing Committee is responsible for distributing NJWLA news to membership and the outside media. The committee is in charge of creating press releases, social media content and the quarterly newsletter. The Marketing Committee is committed to sharing your success and encourages members to email with any details you would like to be included in the next NJWLA newsletter or on social media.

The Public Policy Committee reviews pending legislation, rules or regulations both at the state and federal levels. The committee then determines which pieces of legislation should be presented to the NJWLA Board and recommends actions to be taken by NJWLA. The Public Policy Committee is presenting “Meet the Political Party Leaders,” a panel discussion being hosted by Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP and the Mercer County and Middlesex County Bar Associations on September 28, 2016.

Please see the “Upcoming Events” section of this E-Newsletter for more information or to register for the events mentioned here.

5th Annual
“Fore Ladies Only”
Golf Outing & Clinic

May 22, 2016
Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club

Livingston, New Jersey – Since its inception in 2012, The NJWLA & ECBF “Fore Ladies Only” Golf Outing and Clinic has always been more than a day of golf and networking. The attendees have done more than learn putting, driving, chipping and course etiquette. Each year, the women provide a selected charity with support, funding and a platform to express its story and mission. This year’s charitable partner was One Simple Wish, a grassroots organization that grants wishes to children in foster care through the social service agencies that support them. NJWLA and ECBF exceeded One Simple Wish’s fundraising goal, and were able to grant the wishes of several children, including simple necessities of clothing, life affirming wishes to celebrate a child’s achievements, and luggage for one child that is newly entering the foster care system.

2016 Judicial Panel

Camden, New Jersey-

Camden, New Jersey-
NJWLA expresses its gratitude to our Judicial panelists, the Honorable Ann Marie Donio, the Honorable Marie Lihotz and the Honorable Karen M. Williams for sharing their expertise and personal experiences at our 2016 Judicial Panel. Sincere thanks to Professor Ann Freedman for moderating the engaging and informative panel discussion and to our very generous sponsor, White and Williams LLP, for its support of NJWLA and its mission.

2016 Installation Dinner

July 11, 2016
La Focaccia

Summit, New Jersey – More than sixty NJWLA board members gathered at La Focaccia on July 11th for the annual New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Installation Dinner.

The Honorable Lois H. Goodman offered the opening remarks and administered the oath of office to incoming NJWLA President, Loren Pierce and the entire board. Pierce addressed attendees about her vision for the upcoming year. She began by reminiscing about her introduction to the NJWLA shortly after the revitalization a decade ago. Pierce then echoed the sentiment of the immediate past president, Jessica Allen, and stressed the importance of “leaning in” as well as “leaning on” in an effort to continue the success of NJWLA as well as the success of female attorneys as a whole. Pierce then celebrated NJWLA’s achievements, highlighted the progress NJWLA has made since its revitalization, and introduced her plan for the upcoming year.

“Women at the Bar”
Summer Cocktail Party

“Women at the Bar”
Summer Cocktail Party

Upcoming Events

Fall Kick Off Cocktail Party 

Come join NJWLA as we kick off another year of great programming, networking, ‘leaning in’ and ‘leaning on’ over food, drinks, great conversation and camaraderie!

September 20, 2016
Le Malt Lounge
Colonia, NJ

Register Here

Meet the Political Party Leaders

Hosted by
Women’s Leadership Forum at Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP
and the Mercer and Middlesex County Bar Associations

Network with Legislators, Political Party County Chairs and State Committee Members at a unique program on election law presented by the Public Policy Committee of the
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

September 28, 2016
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis
Iselin, NJ
Register Here

An evening
with the authors of
Notorious RBG

Please join NJWLA and NJSBA’s Women in the Profession Section for an evening of engaged discussion over dinner and cocktails and a book signing by authors.


University Counsel – Princeton University

Princeton Office of the General Counsel Seeks Experienced Attorney to Join the Office as University Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel of Princeton University (OGC) is seeking an exceptional attorney to join its team as a University Counsel. When fully-staffed, the OGC has eight attorneys (the General Counsel, five (5) University Counsel, and two (2) Assistant University Counsel) and four administrative support professionals. Recently, a University Counsel has tendered her resignation to join a preeminent college as its General Counsel, creating an extraordinary opportunity for an attorney with stellar credentials and a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant legal experience. Further information about the position, the OGC and Princeton University is provided below.

About Princeton University:

Princeton University, chartered in 1746, is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. It aims to produce scholarship and teaching of unsurpassed quality. Princeton adheres to the conviction that research and education should be mutually reinforcing pursuits rather than independent priorities, and the University plays a unique role within American higher education by virtue of its distinctive emphasis on undergraduate and doctoral programs. Princeton’s beautiful campus is home to a vibrant residential community, and is located in the beautiful town of Princeton – a community rich in cultural resources that is only an hour away from New York City and Philadelphia, the New Jersey beaches and the mountains.

The University community, including an active and deeply loyal alumni body, is warm, inclusive and is united by a shared sense of purpose. A commitment to the University’s unofficial motto – “Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of humanity” – is pervasive. Today, a world-class faculty 1,100 faculty members (including several Nobel Prize recipients) instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,700 graduate students. Deeply committed to affordability for all admitted students, the University pioneered a no-loan financial aid program in 2001. Currently, more than 60 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid.

About the Office of the General Counsel

The OGC is organized philosophically and practically as a collaborative undertaking, recognizing that each member of the office has made a deliberate and informed professional and personal choice to be a higher education attorney. The OGC is run with a view both to delivering prompt and excellent legal services to its University clients, and to empowering each attorney to practice in a way that allows the attorney to grow and thrive. The OGC enables and encourages its University Counsel to be, and be seen as, significant colleagues in sundry corners, and at all levels, of the University, and to embrace the shared passion and satisfaction of the institution’s efforts to achieve the highest levels of excellence.

The OGC prides itself on being a collaborative group of 21st century counselors, often serving as thought partners for our colleagues throughout the University. As such, the expectations of the office generally, and of its lawyers, are dynamic, not static — OGC attorneys must be flexible, intellectually agile, and prepared to embrace and master new areas of the law as University needs warrant.

Each OGC attorney serves multiple University constituencies and maintains a generalist practice, with expertise in specific areas. While OGC regularly engages outside counsel, the desire and presumption is that a University Counsel will serve the University as a lawyer, not a conduit. Thus, before contacting external counsel, the University Counsel will first consider whether the matter can be handled internally.

Position Description

As further described below, about half of the University Counsel’s time will be dedicated to supporting the Vice President of Facilities and the Vice President’s team on issues relating to the ownership, construction, renovation and management of all real property and facilities of the University. The other 50% of the University Counsel’s time will be split among various OGC clients and areas of the OGC portfolio, to be determined based on University needs and the successful candidates’ interests and substantive background.

  • Facilities and Real Estate: About half of the University Counsel’s time will be committed to providing (or coordinating) legal support for the Vice President of Facilities and the Facilities team, which includes the Offices of Design and Construction; Engineering and Campus Energy; Facilities Operations; Sustainability; Real Estate Development; and the University Architect. Such legal support encompasses a broad variety of issues related to facilities, real estate, construction and compliance, as well as related litigation. Areas of focus include, for example:
    • The acquisition and disposition of property;
    • Legal issues pertaining to the design, construction and delivery phases for both new construction and renovations;
    • The planning and execution of large-scale development projects;
    • The maintenance and upgrading of the University’s physical plant;
    • Local zoning regulations and public approval processes for major projects;
    • Affordable housing obligations;
    • Designing relationships with private developers to support the University’s mission;
    • On-going barrier removal efforts to ensure the physical accessibility of the University’s facilities for individuals with disabilities;
    • Construction and design defect litigation; and
    • Compliance aspects of disposal of environmentally hazardous waste.
  • Other Practice Areas: About half of the University Counsel’s time will be spent advising clients, working on transactions, and managing litigation in a broad variety of matters within the OGC’s portfolio. While the precise scope of the new University Counsel’s portfolio will be informed by the needs of the University and OGC, as well as the successful candidate’s interests and prior experience, they may include (a) advising academic and administrative units concerning compliance with state and federal laws for ensuring equal access to educational programs, physical facilities, electronic resources, and programs open to the public; (b) copyright issues; (c) privacy law issues; and (d) any one of more of the OGC practice areas described on our website


To be considered, candidates must:

  • Have at least eight (8) years of relevant legal practice experience at a major law firm, an in-house legal department (including but not limited to a university legal department), and/or government;
  • Have a strong record of accomplishment as a practicing attorney;
  • Have significant complex commercial or construction litigation experience;
  • Have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and extraordinary academic credentials;
  • Be a licensed attorney in good standing, who is either licensed in, or willing and able to become licensed in, the state of New Jersey; and
  • Have demonstrated outstanding judgment, the highest ethical standards, and the capacity to deal effectively with a widely varied array of legal issues.

Preference will be given to candidates who

  • Have significant experience working on construction litigation, land management, zoning, and other matters pertaining to real estate;
  • Have worked as a lawyer in a university environment or for a large not-for-profit, or as outside counsel devoting substantial attention to university clients;
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to higher education, an understanding of the legal issues faced by research universities, and a passion for learning.

Desired Traits

  • A sense of urgency and responsiveness when dealing with clients, and an ability to handle multiple tasks focused on University objectives in a timely manner.
  • The ability to work independently and on project oriented teams with minimum supervision, while adhering to pre-established parameters.
  • A collegial approach to problem-solving and a willingness to engage in clear and transparent dialogue about both legal and non-legal issues.
  • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills, oral and written, including superb listening and influencing skills.
  • The ability to perform effectively, calmly and collegially under pressure.
  • A consummate team player who is solutions-oriented, with a demonstrated ability to build relationships.

To apply, go to:, and submit application materials to Requisition #1600987.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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