VLJ, Legal Services Present Awards

From left: Karen Sacks, VLJ founding executive director, with Susan Feeney, VLJ board chairwoman, who presented the “Heroes of Sandy” awards.

[Photo by Bill Levy.]

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice presented its “Heroes of Sandy” awards on Dec. 3 during its Arts & Eats for Justice Gala at the Newark Museum in Newark. Law firms recognized for providing extensive legal services to hurricane victims through VLJ are Drinker Biddle & Reath, Florham Park; Duane Morris, Newark; Gibbons, Newark; Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, Red Bank; Jackson Lewis, Morristown; McCarter & English, Newark; Patton Boggs, Newark; and Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, Morristown. In addition, the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, of which VLJ is its largest grantee, presented its annual service awards: the Dickinson Debevoise Award to Connell Foley in Roseland and the Douglas Eakeley Award to Robert Steinbaum, publisher of the New Jersey Law Journal.

Drinker Raises $2,583 for Heart Association

The Drinker team from left: front row: Ariana Porcher, Amiyah Porcher, William Kendall, Florence Gerould, Lilia Granflor, Melissa Crump and Keon Clinton; middle row: Catherine Rosario, Rebecca Munro, Martha McCullough, Jane Kendall, Nicholas Lehman, Brianna Kostecka, Tracey Groel, Jesidah Kannah, Michelle Angeles and Shannon Epstein; back row: Kevin Porcher, Matthew Burbridge, David Kendall, George Kendall, Andrew Kendall, Jack Kendall, Ryan Todd and Philip Clark.

Thirty-two Drinker Biddle & Reath lawyers, staffers and their families participated in the three-mile American Heart Association Heart Walk on Oct. 18 at the Mack-Cali Campus in Parsippany. The team raised $2,583, and paralegal Tracey Groel placed third among women who finished the race.

Einhorn Sponsors Mock Trial Club

From left: Paragian; Timothy Ford, Einhorn Harris mentor to the club; Einhorn; club members Elyse Halpern, Asritha Guduru, Joy Xie and Akhila Annadanam; and Hoffman.

Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost in Denville is helping sponsor and mentor the Valleyview Middle School’s Mock Trial Club in Denville. A founding member of the firm, Theodore E.B. Einhorn, presented a $1,200 check on Nov. 18 to John Paragian, school board president, and Mark Hoffman, club faculty adviser.

NJALA Holds Social Security Workshop

From left: speakers Amanda Lott, John Zeltmann and James Reilly, wealth advisers with Regent Atlantic, Morristown; Michael Harrison, executive director, Lindabury, McCormick; Helen Lysaght, director of administration, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, Roseland; and James Wostbrock, director of finance, Landman, Corsi, Ballaine & Ford, Newark.

The New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators held a workshop, “Not Your Grandma’s Social Security Strategies—A Fresh Look at Maximizing Your Benefits,” on Nov. 6 at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper in Westfield.