Thank You to our Sponsors

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

On January 9, 2018 the In-House Committee presented an intensive look at attorney compensation-“A Look Inside the Black Box – the Compensation Conversation.”  The discussion was led by Mary Clare Garber, 

Vice President, and Melissa Peters, Managing Director, of Princeton Legal Search.  The program began with an in-depth examination of the “layers” of compensation for in-house attorneys; surveyed the practice areas in greatest demand; and shared compensation data specific to a variety of positions and industries in New Jersey.  The speakers then provided insights on the compensation negotiation covering both situations of seeking a new position as well as with your current employer.  Some of the liveliest conversations surrounded the strategy for the compensation negotiation whether with a prospective employer or your current company.  Among the many behind-the-scenes kernels: 

  • Corporate M&A, securities, regulatory and industry-specific commercial experience are among the most highly valued skills in the current market;
  • Companies are seeking attorneys with pairings of skills, such as securities plus regulatory, commercial plus deal and litigation plus regulatory;
  • In NJ, the strongest industries for hiring lawyers are life sciences, followed by financial services and consumer products;
  • Before having a compensation discussion with a prospective employer, it’s important to understand not only the compensation package presented in an offer but also the elements of your current compensation, including base, bonus, long-term, as well as items that are often overlooked, such as telecommuting, relocation, eligibility for severance programs and title; the same holds true in discussing your pay with your existing employer;
  • How to structure a discussion of an offer; and
  • How to initiate a discussion of your compensation with your current employer.

Thank you to Princeton Legal Search Group, Barnes & Noble College and all of our In-House attendees. 

We do hope to see you at future events! 

Thank you to all who attended NJWLA’s Holiday Party and donated items to our charitable partner, Girls On The Run, Special thanks to our gracious hosts at Lowenstein Sandler LLP,
for a truly delightful night of food, drink, conversation and games!

Thank you to  Connell Foley LLP and Veritext for their generous support of the 2017 Fall Cocktail Party at the Stage House Tavern in Somerset. 

NJWLA was pleased to welcome approximately 50 women who gathered to network, eat, drink and help “kick off” NJWLA’s year of programming.

Thank you to NJWLA’s Young Lawyers Division for putting together a fantastic wine tasting event and to our sponsors,  Olde School Title Services and O’Toole Scrivo Fernandez Weiner Van Lieu, LLC for hosting and supporting such a great night!   The program provided a wine lesson guided by Wine Associate, Bill Burke, from Gary’s  Wine & Marketplace where guests enjoyed tasting four unique wines from around the world and pairing the wine with delicious food prepared by Gourmet Catering. 

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Thank you to all who attended the 6th Annual FORE Ladies Only Golf Outing and Clinic – and for braving the dismal weather forecast!  The day turned out beautifully and we appreciate the generosity of our Luncheon Sponsor, Hudson Reporting, and the on course Beverage Cart sponsor, Max Title Agency.   NJWLA and ECBF also extend their thanks to the Tee Sponsors for this year’s event and appreciate the support provided by Chiesa, Shahinian & GiantomasiNewsome O’DonnellMcElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & CarpenterNorris McLaughlin & MarcusCoughlin DuffyVeritextProvidentWithum and the American Cancer Society.

Special thanks to Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club and to our charitable partner, Partners for Women & Justice for attending and sharing the history of their organization.  For more information, please visit

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Thank you to the In House Committee and to McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter for planning and hosting It’s a Jungle Gym Scramble Out There! Making Smart Career Moves, an informative panel discussion aimed at career advice for the In House attorney.  Thank you to our panelists, Hope Blackburn, General Counsel, Jersey City Public Schools, Beth Zelnick Kaufman, VP, Legal Affairs, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, and Mary Clare Garber, VP, Princeton Legal Search Group, for a great conversation.  NJWLA looks forward to continuing the discussion!

Sincere thanks to the Judicial Outreach Committee, our very generous sponsor, K&L Gates LLP, for its support of NJWLA, and especially to our Judges, the Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo,  the Honorable Leda Dunn Wettre, the Honorable Stacey L. Meisel and the Honorable Cathy L. Waldor for their time and honest discussion, making NJWLA’s 2017 Judicial Panel a fantastic success!

Thank you to NJWLA’s Judicial Outreach Committee and Fox Rothschild LLP for hosting another Tales From the Bench Luncheon!  A tremendous thank you to Justice Anne Patterson for her time and honest dialogue.   About 30 women were fortunate enough to have a front row seat for an informal and engaging lunch with a sitting New Jersey Supreme Court Justice!

Thank you to NJWLA’s Solo and Small Firm Committee, Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi for a great breakfast event.

Thanks to our Moderator, Renee Rubino, our panelists, Cherie Adams, Lorraine Gauli Rufo, Kirsten Branigan and Michelle Schaap for their advice on Running A Successful Solo or Small Firm

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Thank you to our generous sponsors DeCotiis, FitzPatrick Cole & Giblin, LLP, ​ RWJBarnabas Health​, McCarter & English, LLP, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters​, Hudson Reporting and the Law Office of Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, P.C. our co-hosts, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey​ and supporters, APALA-NJ, GSBA, NJMLA, SABA-NJ, NJSBA’s Diversity Committee & Women In the Profession Section for a great event and fantastic turnout for the Annual Nuts & Bolts of the Judicial & State Appointments Process!

Thank you to our Panelists for their time, their expertise and their advice Susan Feeney, Tara Dowdell​, Michellene Davis​, Ivette Ramos Alvarez, and our Moderators and Program Coordinators, Arlene Quinones Perez and Kirsten Scheurer Branigan!

Thank you to NJWLA’s Women’s Leadership Committee, Genova Burns LLC and Angela Chirichello of Simply Status LLC for a great event.
Thanks to our panelists, Deena Baikowitz, Sarah Cirelli, Pamela Craven and Kelly Hwang for their practical and sound advice on how we can “Get Out of Our Own Way and Avoid Self-Sabotage!

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Special thank you NJWLA’s Judicial Outreach Committee and to The Honorable Harriet F. Klein and Wilson Elser for graciously hosting NJWLA’s fifth Tales From the Bench Luncheon!


Thank you to NJWLA’s Young Lawyers Division and


for 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

Thank you to our incredible sponsors, Genova Burns LLC, Felicia Garland of Greenberg & Rapp Financial, Provident Bank and Friedman LLP  and to our co hosting organization, NJSBA’s Women in the Profession Section for making a truly memorable night with author, Irin Carmon, and over 130 attorneys enjoying the life and times of Supreme Court Justice, Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

Many thanks to our Guest of Honor, Irin Carmon, and to Dina Mastellone, NJWLA Board Member and WIPS Chair and Jaimee Katz Sussner, NJWLA Board Member, for  planning such a great event and for providing such a thoughtful and conversation provoking panel discussion.


Thank you to Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis for its gracious hospitality in hosting our Meet the Political Party Leaders Event!  With about 100 people and 8 elected party leaders from the State, a fantastic night was had by all thanks to the generosity of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis and the Mercer and Middlesex County Bar Associations!


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