New Officers for NJAJ

From left, seated: Immediate Past President Scott Leonard, Leonard & Leonard, Morristown; Third Vice President Saul Gruber, Mount Laurel; President Francisco Rodriguez, Goldsmith, Ctorides & Rodriguez, Englewood Cliffs; Secretary Lynne Kizis, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, Woodbridge; and State Delegate Joseph Grassi, Barry, Corrado & Grassi, Wildwood. Standing: Treasurer Eric Kahn, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, Springfield; State Delegate Michael Galpern, Locks Law Firm, Cherry Hill; Assistant Secretary Kevin Costello, Costello & Mains, Mount Laurel; Parliamentarian Edward Capozzi, Seigel Capozzi, Ridgewood; and First Vice President Daniel Rosner, Rosner & Tucker, Vineland.

The New Jersey Association for Justice installed officers for 2013-14 on June 21 at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.

Griffinger Receives Bar Foundation Honor

Michael Griffinger, shown, a partner with Gibbons in Newark, was given the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's highest award, the Medal of Honor, on June 20 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. He has been chairman of the Bar's Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee; the board of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice; and the board of the Legal Services Foundation.

VLJ Receives $65,000 from Bershad Foundation

Shown: Bershad and VLJ Executive Director Karen Sacks.

David Bershad, founder and principal of the Bershad Family Foundation, has given Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) in Newark $65,000 on the condition it raise that same amount of money by July 15, which it has done. Bershad is a member of VLJ's board of trustees.

CASA of Morris and Essex Holds Fundraiser

Shown, from left, are members of the Morris County Bar Foundation: Mark Wechsler, Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville; Jennifer McAndrew Vuotto, Law Office of Robert McAndrew, Morristown; Diana Manning, Bressler, Amery & Ross, Florham Park; Robin Bogan, Pallarino & Bogan, Morristown; David Pennella, Pennella & Claps, Dover; and William Krais, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties (CASA) held its Lift Up a Child fundraising gala on May 9 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. The event honored child advocates and CASA supporters Steve and Kristy Goulart and the Morris County Bar Foundation.