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Yasmeen Khaleel Receives Founder’s Award From Estate And Financial Planning Council Of Southern New Jersey

Capehart Scatchard Executive Committee member, Yasmeen S. Khaleel, was presented with the 2020 Founder’s Award by the Estate and Financial Planning Council of Southern New Jersey (“EFPCSNJ”) on January 21, 2021.  The award was presented during a virtual meeting of the organization.  Established in 2001, the Founder’s Award is presented to an individual who has provided distinguished service to the estate and financial planning profession.

Ms. Khaleel, a Mount Laurel resident, concentrates her practice in the representation of individuals, business owners, medical, dental and other professionals in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning, transactional and tax planning. She routinely handles matters of special needs planning including guardianship applications. Additionally, she is experienced in handling complex business/estate and trust litigation matters in conjunction with the Litigation Group.

Ms. Khaleel is the past president of EFPCSNJ, is on the board of directors for the Animal Welfare Association, is a committee member of the Samaritan Hospice and Health Care Planned Giving Committee, and a committee member of the Indian Cultural Center –Asian Indian Professionals Scholarship Committee (formerly the Asian Indian Professionals, Inc.).

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Capehart Scatchard Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day With Donations And A Day Of Service

Capehart and Scatchard is pleased to announce that in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the firm, in conjunction with Burlington Country Bar Association, collected $1,805 in monetary donations as well as donations of Uber cards, food, clothing, and hygiene products to benefit Providence House and Legacy Treatment Services.  In addition, eighteen volunteers from the firm participated in a day of service on January 16, 2021 at Providence House by sorting donations and doing yard work at the facility.

Providence House, which is located in Westampton, provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic abuse and their children.  Legacy Treatment Services, which is located in Hainesport, provides a vast array of services, such as crisis intervention, developmental and intellectual disability services, out of home care for children and youth, outpatient additional treatment services, and opiate and alcoholism treatment.

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Capehart Scatchard Admits Three New Shareholders

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that three attorneys were admitted as shareholders to the 144 year old law firm.  The new shareholders at Capehart Scatchard are:

 

Joseph A. Acosta – Workers’ Compensation Department

Christopher M. Chu – Workers’ Compensation Department

Keith E. Nagy – Workers’ Compensation Department

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Mary Ellen Rose Named to Executive Committee of Rutgers Law Alumnae Network

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Managing Shareholder, Mary Ellen Rose, Esq., has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the recently formed Rutgers Law Alumnae Network.

The mission of the Rutgers Law Alumnae Network is to bring alumnae and current female students from both Rutgers Law Camden and Rutgers Law Newark together to network and support each other.  The committee is comprised of 22 alumnae and is co-chaired by Patti Santelle and Debra Rosen from Rutgers Law Camden and Maritza Rodriguez and Joy Tolliver from Rutgers Law Newark.

Ms. Rose, a lifelong resident of New Jersey, focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business law, transportation, and franchise law.  She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from West Virginia University and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden.  She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Capehart Attorneys Participate In Mock Trial Competition

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev and Nicole L. McCann, helped high school students get a firsthand look at what it’s like to be a lawyer at the Second Annual High School Pre-Law Diversity Symposium.  The event, co-sponsored by the Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program and Take a Chance on Law, was held on November 21, 2020.

The Pre-Law Diversity Symposium seeks to encourage high schools students of diverse backgrounds to consider a career in law.  Ms. Dev and Ms. McCann served as mock trial coaches during the competition.  Additionally, they spoke to the students about law careers in private practice.

Ms. Dev concentrates her practice on school law and labor and employment law.  She is experienced in representing, advising, and defending boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline and civil rights.  She leads Capehart Scatchard’s School Law Blog, which focuses on cases, court decisions, and current developments affecting education law in the state of New Jersey.  Ms. Dev is the Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which seeks to facilitate the Firm’s efforts to achieve and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace at every level of our organization.   Ms. Dev also serves as the Firm’s Hiring Shareholder.

Ms. McCann is an associate in the Workers’ Compensation Department and is a member of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She received her law degree from Rutgers Law School in Camden and a B.A. degree in History, with a minor in Political Science, from Rutgers University in Camden.  During law school, Ms. McCann was awarded the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law & Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. Upon law school graduation, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Christine Smith, J.S.C. in Atlantic County.  Ms. McCann is a pupil in the Vincent S. Haneman American Inn of Court.  She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

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Capehart Scatchard Attorney Addresses HRA of Southern New Jersey

Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, John H. Geaney, Esq., addressed attendees of a virtual meeting of the Human Resource Association of Southern New Jersey on November 19, 2020.

Mr. Geaney’s presentation was titled, “COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation.”   In his presentation, Mr. Geaney addressed recently enacted laws in New Jersey pertaining to the presumption of compensability for essential employees and first responders.  Additionally, he provided tips on the proper investigation of COVID-19 claims and questions to ask during discovery.

A seasoned workers’ compensation practitioner for over 35 years, Mr. Geaney is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual and A Guide to Employment Issues Under the ADA & FMLA distributed by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  Mr. Geaney concentrates his practice in the representation of employers in workers’ compensation defense matters, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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Capehart Scatchard Shareholders Address National Workers’ Compensation Conference

Capehart Scatchard Shareholders, Nicholas Dibble, Esq. and Andrea Schlafer, Esq., spoke at the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network’s (“NWCDN”) National Conference held remotely on November 12, 2020.

Mr. Dibble served as moderator in a panel discussion entitled, “What We Expect Defense Counsel to Know.”  The panelists discussed their likes and dislikes when it comes to partnering with defense counsel and insurance experts to resolve difficult workers’ compensation disputes.

Ms. Schlafer served as moderator in a panel discussion entitled, “Legal Side Bar: NJ, DE, MA, NY and VT.” The panelists addressed recent litigation trends and the top workers’ compensation challenges in the COVID world.

Mr. Dibble represents insurance carriers and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims at all stages of litigation. He received his law degree from Rutgers Law School in Camden and his B.A. degree in Political Science from Haverford College. Upon law school graduation, Mr. Dibble worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Benjamin C. Telsey, Superior Court of New Jersey, in Bridgeton, NJ.

Ms. Schlafer represents insurance carriers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims at all stages of litigation.  She received her law degree from Rutgers Law School in Camden and her B.S. degree in Business Administration and Finance from the College of Charleston, cum laude.  Upon law school graduation, Ms. Schlafer worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin T. Smith, in the New Jersey Superior Court, Gloucester County Vicinage.

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Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Participate In Virtual Food Bank Hunger Games

Capehart Scatchard Workers’ Compensation Department attorneys, Keith Nagy, Maura Burk, and Nicole McCann, represented the Firm in the Eighth Annual Food Bank of South Jersey’s “Hunger Games” food competition.  Attorneys Keith Nagy, Maura Burk, and Nicole McCann, took part in a virtual cake decorating contest. This year’s competition was held on September 24, 2020 and viewers were able to watch the live event on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

The Food Bank Hunger Games is an entertaining, team building challenge with proceeds going to benefit the Food Bank’s hunger relief programs. At this year’s event, team members worked together to decorate a cake only using food items that the Food Bank typically distributes through its pantry network.

Team Capehart came in third place at the event and raised $1,382 for hunger relief efforts serving food-insecure individuals, children, families and seniors in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.

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Bruce Harrison Retires After Long-Standing Career At Capehart Scatchard

Bruce Harrison, Esq. celebrated his retirement from Capehart Scatchart in October.  The former Managing Shareholder and Chair of the Employment & Labor Department, began his career at the firm in 1975. According to Mary Ellen Rose, the firm’s current Managing Shareholder, “Bruce’s very first act as managing shareholder in 1997 was to appoint a technology committee.  Obviously, this contribution cannot be underestimated or forgotten.”

Bruce was mentored by Blaine Capehart, who himself was mentored by the founding members of the firm.  Bruce continued the mentoring tradition at the firm by guiding and advising new attorneys as they joined the firm.  During his many years at the firm, Bruce did his best to impart an important lesson he learned from Blaine Capehart on always being civil to one another in the office.

The firm dedicated and renamed a conference room in Bruce’s honor to the Harrison Conference Room.  An official portrait of Bruce that will be placed in the room has been commissioned and will be presented at a later date.

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