Thurgood Marshall College Fund Honors Five

From left: Marino, Davis, Shipp and Dunican.

The 14th Annual New Jersey Awards of Excellence to benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund were bestowed on March 13 at Nanina’s In The Park in Belleville. The honorees were: Adrianne Davis, co-founder and executive director, The North Ward Center in Newark; Patrick Dunican Jr., chairman and managing director, Gibbons; Kevin Marino, founder and principal, Marino, Tortorella & Boyle; U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp; and (posthumously) Philip Thigpen Sr., immediate past chairman, Essex County Democratic Committee. The awards recognize those who exemplify Justice Thurgood Marshall’s commitment to justice, civil rights and education. More than 300 guests attended the event, which was co-chaired by Anthony LaRocco of K&L Gates and Susan Feeney of McCarter & English and emceed by Pat Battle of WNBC-TV and Steven Adubato Jr.

Collins Leads Northwest N.J. Legal Services

Patrick Collins, a partner with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Bridgewater, has been elected president of the board of trustees of Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey, which serves Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties. Collins has served on the board for more than 20 years.

Polovoy Is Burlington’s Outstanding Woman of the Year in Law

The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Advisory Council on Women has selected Kristen Polovoy, of counsel with Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads in Cherry Hill, as its “Outstanding Woman of the Year” in the category of law. Each year, the council honors women who live or work in Burlington County, have made a difference within the community, have made significant contributions in their chosen professional field and have demonstrated their support for women’s issues. Polovoy practices civil litigation defense in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Author Speaks at Rutgers Lecture Series

Evan Mandery, chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at John Jay College, was the guest speaker at the Annual Evangelides Lecture, held March 3 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He spoke about his book, A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America, which discussed Furman v. Georgia and Gregg v. Georgia. The lecture was part of the annual Stephen and Alice Evangelides series hosted by Prof. Milton Heumann at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. From left: Mandery and Prof. Heumann.

Riker Danzig Staffer Is West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal

Jere Cole Jr., a file clerk with Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti in Morristown, served as the grand marshal of the 2014 West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16. A retired Essex County Sheriff’s Department detective and a decorated Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, Cole has been a member of the West Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years, and at one time was the first assistant chief as well as serving as president of the Fireman’s Association. He is involved in several Irish-American organizations, including the West Orange Parade Committee.