Gift to Harvard Law Made in Honor of O’Hern and Boylan

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A Langdell Gift has been made to Harvard Law School in honor and memory of the late Justice Daniel J. O’Hern and Matthew P. Boylan, who both graduated from Harvard Law School in 1957, 60 years ago this spring. The $10,000 gift was made by Samuel E. Bass, a partner with the Newark law firm Freeman & Bass.



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O’Hern had a great public life, beginning with a clerkship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, a private practice, service in the governor’s cabinet, the governor’s council, and then as a justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court. (His memoir, “What Makes a Court Supreme,” was published by New Jersey Law Journal Books in 2009.)


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His close friend, Matthew Boylan, also enjoyed a distinguished career as a trial attorney in private practice and as a prosecutor. He prosecuted anti-corruption cases and obtained the conviction of Tony Provenzano. In private practice, he represented a large number of clients in criminal and civil cases as a trial attorney at Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland.

Lawrence Discusses Child Support and Relocation Issues

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Jeralyn L. Lawrence of Bridgewater-based Norris McLaughlin & Marcus—a partner, member of its management committee, and chair of the matrimonial and family law practice group—recently spoke at two seminars. On Nov. 2, 2017, Lawrence presented a review and history of the new child support statute at “Legalpalooza,” held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Center, 500 Parsippany Rd., in Parsippany. She discussed how the statute was amended, what precipitated its enactment, how it has modified the prior case law, and efforts to further modify the statute. On Nov. 4, 2017, she spoke at the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediator’s (NJAPM) 24th annual conference “Celebrating Alternate Dispute Resolution,” held at the Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave. in Somerset, in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Dispute Resolution Section, the New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups, and the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR. She presented the family law update, discussing the new child support statute and the recent  Bisbing relocation case. In addition to speaking, she provided written material, including “The Law on Removing a Child from New Jersey Has Changed.” Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she graduated second in her class.

Trial Lawyers Talk Turkey, Raising $24K for Food Banks

NJ Assn for Justice_Turkey Drive TRIAL ATTORNEYS TALK TURKEY: New Jersey Association for Justice President Eric G. Kahn, Esq., right, is joined by the NJAJ Turkey Drive Turkey (also known as E. Drew Britcher, Esq.) and NJAJ President-Elect Lynne M. Kizis, Esq., in presenting a ceremonial check to Tom Sims of the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken, as part of the Association’s annual Turkey Drive. This year’s effort raised more than $24,000 to benefit New Jersey food banks. The presentation took place November 16, 2017, at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford.

The New Jersey Association for Justice raised more than $24,000 for food banks to help people in need have a happy Thanksgiving in the organization’s 13th annual NJAJ Turkey Drive, held Nov. 16, 2017, at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford. “At the heart of what all of us do as trial lawyers is helping others when they are in need of assistance,” said NJAJ President Eric G. Kahn. “It’s why many of us got into this profession. … That is why for the 13th consecutive year, we have conducted our NJAJ Turkey Drive to support food banks and food pantries throughout our state.” The drive benefited food banks in the north, central and southern parts of the state.

“We are grateful to the members of the New Jersey Association for Justice for their generosity and commitment to helping the hungry in our state,” said Tom Sims, director of development for the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken. “The donations from the attorneys help us to carry out our mission of feeding people who need it.” The Food Bank of South Jersey is one of six food banks around the state receiving donations through the NJAJ Turkey Drive. The others are: the Center for Food Action, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Interfaith Food Pantry and the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, and Mercer Street Friends.

Client Creates Scholarship Honoring Chiesa’s Matthew Beck

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A client of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi in West Orange has established an annual New Jersey State Bar Foundation scholarship in the name of one of its partners, Matthew E. Beck. The client, who has asked to remain anonymous, has funded a scholarship that will be named the “Matthew E. Beck Esq. Criminal Law Scholarship” and is to be awarded annually by the foundation to the Rutgers Law School student who best reflects the highest academic achievement and personal interest in pursuing a career in criminal law. The client decided to create the annual fund in recognition of Beck’s outstanding legal intellect, transactional integrity and devotion to the best interests of his clients.

Beck said he was “humbled” by the gesture. “It is a tremendous honor not just to be recognized in this manner, but also to be granted an opportunity to help support the next generation of criminal law practitioners here in New Jersey,” Beck said. “I look forward to meeting and working directly with the recipient of the scholarship each year.” Following the establishment of the scholarship in his name, Beck will serve as a member of the nominating committee for all New Jersey State Bar Foundation scholarships. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001.