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D & D Associates, Inc. v. North Plainfield Board of Education
Third Circuit Case No.: 12-2236
On Aug. 1, the NJSBA filed a motion seeking to participate in this case as an amicus curiae party, along with a proposed brief drafted by Thomas H. Prol. At issue in the matter is whether an attorney can be sued for defamation and tortious interference for statements in pre-litigation letters sent to plaintiff’s attorneys and plaintiff’s performance bond surety termination the parties’ contractual relationship.
A special election for United States Senator of New Jersey will be held on Aug. 13 , to fill the vacancy created by the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg on June 3. The seat is currently held by Republican Senator Jeffrey Chiesa, who was appointed on June 6, 2013.
Democratic candidates:
Cory Booker*
Booker presently serves as the mayor of Newark. He was first elected to the position in 2006, and was reelected in 2010. Before becoming mayor, he was a Newark city councilman, first elected in 1998. He is a former staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center in New York and program coordinator of the Newark Youth Project. He is a graduate of Stanford University, Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar in history, and Yale Law School, and serves on the board of trustees at Stanford University. In 2010, Booker received the United States Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected Official.
Rush D. Holt Jr., PhD.
Holt currently serves as a member of the House of Representatives for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, where he is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Committee on Natural Resources. He is a former professor of public policy and physics and is currently one of two physicists and the only Quaker in Congress. Holt graduated with a B.A. in physics from Carleton College and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from New York University. He was the second research physicist to be elected to Congress and the first Democrat. Holt’s father, Rush Holt Sr., served in the U.S. Senate representing the state of West Virginia from 1935 to 1941.
Sheila Oliver
Oliver presently holds the position of speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, where she represents the 34 th Legislative District. She previously served as chair on the Assembly Human Services Committee, Higher Education Committee and the Labor Committee. She served on the East Orange Board of Education from 1994-2000, holding the position of president from 1999-2000 and vice president from 1998-1999. From 1996-1999 she was elected a member of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Oliver graduated from Lincoln University with a B.A. in sociology and received an M.S. from Columbia University in planning and sdministration.
Frank Pallone Jr.
Pallone has served as a member of the U.S. House of Representative for New Jersey’s 6 th Congressional District since 1993. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. Pallone served as vice chair of the Native American Caucus; as a Progressive Caucus member; and, additionally, performs as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, where in 2002 he was awarded the Mkhitar Gosh Medal. He also represented the 3 rd District in Congress from 1988-1993. He was elected to the state Senate from 1983 to 1988 and was on city council for Long Branch from 1982-1988. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he earned an M.A. in international relations, and Rutgers School of Law-Camden.
Republican candidates:
Alieta Eck, M.D.
Eck is an immediate past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons who, along with her husband, founded the Zarephath Health Center, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured, which currently assists several hundred patients each month through donations. Eck serves on the board of the Christian Care Medi-Share, which is a faith-based medical cost sharing ministry. She graduated from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Since 1988, she has been a private practitioner and has been a longtime strong advocate for healthcare reform.
Steven M. Lonegan
Lonegan served as mayor of Bogota from 1995-2007, and in 2006 became state director and Senior Policy Analyst for the New Jersey Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Prior to his role as state director, Lonegan built, manufactured and managed custom retail and homebuilding businesses. He graduated from William Paterson College with a B.A. in business administration and received a M.B.A. in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
* Indicates previous membership of New Jersey State Bar Association