Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Participate In Virtual Panel Discussion With Law Students

Attorneys from Capehart Scatchard hosted a virtual panel discussion on September 29, 2020 with law students from Widener University Delaware Law School.   The event was titled “Are You Winning? How to Succeed as an Intern or Entry-Level Attorney.”

Workers’ Compensation Department attorney, Christopher Chu, served as the moderator for the event and attorneys, Joseph Acosta, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev and Ashley Mollenthiel, served as panelists. The attorneys shared insights on how to succeed as law school students, summer interns and law clerks, and entry-level attorneys. Each attorney also provided guidance stemming from their own personal experience and backgrounds from the application and interview process to the pressures of finding employment post-graduation.  The event was hosted by Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which Ms. Dev leads.


Lora Northen Named New Jersey Trailblazer

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Executive Committee Member and Workers’ Compensation Shareholder, Lora V. Northen, has been named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2020 list of New Jersey Trailblazers.

According to the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Trailblazers are “individuals that are truly agents of change and professionals who have made significant marks on practice, policy and the technological advancement of their practice.”  Ms. Northen was recognized for spearheading the development of the system for creating a paperless environment in the Firm’s Workers’ Compensation department.  Through her efforts, the Firm is controlling time and costs more effectively and can focus more on the practice of law instead of amassing large paper files.

Ms. Northen focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers.  Certified as a trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Workers’ Compensation Law, Ms. Northen is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Burlington County and Camden County Bar Associations.  Ms. Northen is also a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for the American Bar Association.  She is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues before a myriad of trade organizations.


Best Lawyers in America© Names Capehart Scatchard Shareholder to 2021 List

Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Betsy G. Ramos, Esq., was recently selected, for the second consecutive year, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the practice area of Litigation – Insurance.  The attorneys on the 2021 list were selected based upon the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.  A complete description of the methodology can be viewed here.

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, Ms. Ramos, is an Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department.  She is a seasoned litigator with over twenty-five years’ experience handling diverse matters and concentrates her practice in tort defense, business litigation,  insurance coverage,  estate litigation, employment litigation, and general litigation.


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Monroe Township Board of Education v. J.A. and J.A. o/b/o J.A. (EDS 04821-20)

Client: Monroe Township Board of Education

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Trial Attorney:  Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The Board filed a due process petition seeking to deny the parents’ request for an independent auditory evoked potential evaluation of a student diagnosed with autism. The parents, through counsel, requested the District conduct the test, at the District’s expense, even though the District never observed the student having any auditory issues in the thirty-two evaluations conducted of the student over a nine-year period. The ALJ ruled in the Board’s favor and denied the request and also determined that the parents’ request for the evaluation was unjustified and frivolous.

To view the case, please click here.


Capehart Scatchard Remotely Hosts First Year Law Students

Capehart Scatchard hosted a remote panel discussion on July 14, 2020 for first year law students from Rutgers Law School in Camden. The students are part of the Rutgers Minority Student Program.


Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Christopher Chu, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Ashley Mollenthiel, Cameron Morgan, Robert Muccilli, Lora Northen, Jessica Rodio, Michael Rose, and Lauren Tedesco, and summer law clerks, Meline Derderian, Crosley Gagnon, Matthew Kountz, and Nina Rodriguez served as panelists participating in a discussion on law careers in private practice. The panelists shared insights about succeeding in law school, increasing diversity and inclusion in the profession, and the importance of being open to exploring various practice areas and opportunities. The event was hosted by Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which Ms. Dev leads.


New Jersey Association of School Attorneys Elects Cameron R. Morgan and Lauren E. Tedesco as Trustees

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Cameron R. Morgan, Esq. was elected, for a two-year term, as Trustee for the North-Central District of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys and Lauren E. Tedesco, Esq. was recently re-elected as Trustee for the Southern District.

A Collingswood resident, Mr. Morgan serves public school districts and charter schools throughout New Jersey in the specialized area of school law, with a focus on general counsel services, civil litigation, special education, administrative law, collective negotiations, labor and employment, and appellate practice. He has served as Board Solicitor to dozens of school districts, guiding district administrators through the diverse range of issues affecting the public schools, from personnel matters, tenure cases, and the range of issues that frequently arise at public board meetings, to student disciplinary matters, residency disputes, and homelessness issues, to complex matters involving the budgetary process or First Amendment rights.

Ms. Tedesco, a Gladwyne, PA resident, concentrates her practice on the representation of boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline, FERPA, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, OPRA, OPMA, and teaching staff tenure matters under TEACHNJ and ACHIEVENJ.


Capehart Scatchard Welcomes Summer Law Clerks

PHOTO: L to R: Crosley Gagnon; Matthew Kountz; Sanmathi “Sanu” Dev, Esq., Hiring Shareholder; Mary Ellen Rose, Esq., Managing Shareholder; Nina Rodriguez; Meline Derderian.

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to welcome four rising third-year law school students to its Summer Law Clerk Program.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Firm is pleased to be able to continue to offer the program this summer.

The firm’s 2020 summer law clerks are:

Meline Derderian – Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Crosley Gagnon – Rutgers Law School – Camden

Matthew Kountz – Rutgers Law School – Camden

Nina Rodriguez – Rutgers Law School – Camden

Capehart’s summer program is designed to give law clerks an opportunity to get a feel of what it would be like to be a Capehart Scatchard associate. Summer clerks work on real projects and have an opportunity to explore many areas of the law and to work directly with a number of attorneys within the Firm who concentrate in a wide variety of legal fields. In addition to research and writing, summer clerks have an opportunity to remotely attend depositions, client meetings, hearings, conferences, and closings.


Stacey Gorin to Be Inducted as Young Lawyer Trustee of The Burlington County Bar Association

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Stacey R. Gorin, Esq. will be inducted as the Young Lawyer Trustee for the Burlington County Bar Association (“BCBA”) on June 11, 2020 via Zoom.  An in-person celebration will be held in September at Laurel Creek Country Club.

Ms. Gorin’s loyalty to the BCBA began during her clerkship with Judge Nocella.  She is very excited to be a leading member of the association alongside such talented attorneys.  During her 2-year term, she will coordinate the charitable and social activities of the Young Lawyers’ Division.

Ms. Gorin earned her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in Camden, a M.A. in Professional and Business Communication from La Salle University, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.  Upon law school graduation, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Nocella, P.J.F.P. in Burlington County.  She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

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