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L.K. v. Washington Township Board of Education

Client: Washington Township Board of Education

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Brief Attorney:  Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq.

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

The petitioner, who sought the removal of manifestation determinations in her child’s file, failed to appear at a scheduled due process hearing on the matter. The petitioner subsequently requested the petition be withdrawn, and the Board requested that it be withdrawn with prejudice. The petitioner, wishing to retain the right to refile or seek alternate measures in the future, requested that it be with withdrawn without prejudice. The Board successfully argued that the case be dismissed with prejudice. The ALJ ruled that the petitioner’s actions and writings supported her intent to abandon the matter and ruled the matter to be withdrawn with prejudice.

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McBride v. Atlantic Chrysler Jeep

Client: Atlantic Chrysler Jeep

Court: Supreme Court

Brief Attorney:  Laura D. Ruccolo, Esq.

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

Plaintiff complained that she was subjected to sexual harassment by her supervisor resulting in her constructive discharge. Defendant had in place an Anti-Sexual Harassment policy that was provided to plaintiff upon her hiring. Plaintiff was trained and tested on the policy. Plaintiff failed to avail herself of the policy. Nonetheless, as soon as defendant became aware of the claim it investigated and ultimately terminated the supervisor who was allegedly perpetrating the sexual harassment. The court dismissed all of plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment.

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Capehart Scatchard Law Firm Names New Executive Committee Member

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Education Law Shareholder Joseph F. Betley, Esq. has been named to the firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Betley concentrates his practice on labor and employment law, civil rights, school law, including special education, and construction law. He is a member of the National School Boards Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is also an associate counsel for the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials.

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Capehart Scatchard Law Firm Names New Executive Committee Member

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Workers’ Compensation Shareholder Lora V. Northen, Esq. has been named to the firm’s Executive Committee.

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.

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Capehart Scatchard Adopts A Local Family In Need

Photo: L to R: Howard Vogel, Chief Financial Officer and Firm Administrator; Mary Ellen Rose, Managing Shareholder; and John Geaney, Executive Committee Member.

Capehart Scatchard is proud to announce that the firm is making the holidays brighter for a well-deserving Burlington County family with four young children.  Over the past month, attorneys and staff have been donating money and bringing in toys, shoes and clothing items from the children’s wish lists as well as presents for the parents.  In addition, the family will be receiving food for a holiday dinner.

Capehart Scatchard is committed to giving back in impactful ways to the charities and causes supported by the firm.

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Capehart Scatchard Participates In Holiday Food Drive

Photo: L to R: Thomas Clark, Florence Schiavo, Sergio Scuteri, Marilyn Forbes, Virginia Foy, Allison Johnson, Gabrielle Bantivoglio, Arlene Mulvihill, Sherry Williams, Andrew Bradley, Carolyn Levis, Kelly Ann Dugan, Voris Tejada, Vincent Cieslik, and Betsy Ramos.

Attorneys and staff at Capehart Scatchard have helped make the season brighter for the youth and families in need served by Legacy Treatment Services.  During the month of November, food and monetary donations were collected at the law firm to benefit the nonprofit organization’s Annual Holiday Food Drive.

Legacy Treatment Services is a human service agency dedicated to improving the lives of children, adults and families struggling with behavioral health and developmental challenges.

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Sanmathi Dev Receives Rutgers Law School Distinguished Alumni Award

Photo: L to R: Lara Ruggerio, Jessica Anderson, Joseph Betley, Mary Ellen Rose, Betsy Ramos, Sanu Dev, New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice Faustino Fernandez-Vina, Kelly Dugan, Lauren Tedesco and John Geaney.

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Shareholder, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq., received the Rutgers Law–Camden Alumni Association’s 2019 Recent Graduate Award. The award was presented at the 10th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration held on November 14, 2019 at the Laurel Creek Country Club.

Ms. Dev graduated from Rutgers Law–Camden in 2011.  The Recent Graduate Award recognizes alumni who graduated within the past 10 years and have made significant contributions to the legal profession, local community, and the law school.

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.  She received her law degree from Rutgers Law School at Camden and her B.A. degree from Boston University.

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St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society Presents Charles Rizzi with Award

On November 8, 2019, Shareholder Charles Rizzi was presented with an award by the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph’s Carpenter’s Society.  Mr. Rizzi has represented St. Joseph’s for over twenty-five years and has regularly attended their board meetings, social events, and fundraisers over the years to support the organization and its mission.

The Executive Director of St. Joseph’s, Pilar Hogan Closkey, presented Mr. Rizzi with the award, a piece made by Glassroots, a student art organization, and spoke of his many years of service and dedication to the Board and the organization.

St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society strives to improve the quality of life of the people of the City of Camden and its surrounding communities by promoting affordable housing and neighborhood development.  Through its initiatives, it encourages people to take charge of their lives and become active community members.

Mr. Rizzi focuses his practice in the representation of business, real estate and land use, and school law matters. He handles transactions in connection with mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing, chemical, automotive, communication, wholesale distribution, and credit reporting industries.

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Capehart Scatchard Shareholder Presents at School Law Forum

On October 24, 2019, Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq., spoke at the Forty-Ninth Annual School Law Forum held at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Ms. Dev participated in a presentation regarding Title IX, Affirmative Action, and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB).

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.  She received her law degree from Rutgers Law School at Camden and her B.A. degree from Boston University.

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