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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.

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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.

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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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Education Law Shareholder Joins Capehart Scatchard

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Geoffrey N. Stark, Esq. has recently joined its School Law Department as a Shareholder in its Mount Laurel, NJ office.

Mr. Stark concentrates his 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.

Prior to joining Capehart Scatchard, Mr. Stark served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Education and Higher Education Section of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.  He earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, a M.A. in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University, and a B.S. degree in English from Radford University.  Upon law school graduation, Mr. Stark worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Lisa, P.J.A.D. in Camden County.  He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Ashley Metcalf v. AirBnb, EPKY 7395 LLC and Sofia Krimizi

Client: AirBnb

Court: New York Supreme Court, County of Kings

Brief Attorney:  Alyson L. Knipe, Esq. on the brief and oral argument by Stephen J. Alexander, Esq.

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

Plaintiff commenced an action for personal injuries allegedly sustained as a result of a window slamming down on plaintiff’s hand while staying at an AirBnb accommodation booked through the AirBnb travel platform.

On May 18, 2020, Judge Ottley issued a decision granting summary judgment in favor of AirBnb. The court held that AirBnb did not owe plaintiff a duty of care. Additionally, the court found that the apartment listing on the AirBnb website for a fee does not meet the criteria of a “launching of a harm” under Espinal v. Melville Snow Contractors, 98 NYS2d 136 (2002). Lastly, the court further found that AirBnb lacked constructive notice of the window’s condition.

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Barbara Bergman v. Bella Notte Restaurant, 191-219 Mineola LLC, and LI Parking Valet Inc.

Client: LI Parking

Court: New York Supreme Court, County of Nassau

Trial Attorney:  Stephen J. Alexander, Esq.

Brief Attorney:  Alyson L. Knipe, Esq.

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

Plaintiff commenced an action for personal injuries allegedly sustained when she tripped and fell over a metal valet parking sign in a restaurant’s parking lot.

In the May 13, 2020 Judge Mahon granted summary judgment to defendant LI Parking.  Judge Mahon held that LI Parking did not launch a force or instrument of harm pursuant to Espinal v. Melville Snow Contractors, 98 NYS2d 136 (2002). The Court found that LI Parking established, prima facie, that it did not create or exacerbate a dangerous condition by its mere placement of the sign at the subject location.  At most, LI Parking furnished the occasion for the accident, but it did was not sufficient to constitute the creation of an unreasonable risk of harm to others.

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Rutgers Student Receives Scholarly Award From Capehart Scatchard Law Firm

Derek Demeri was the recipient of the 21st Annual Blaine E. Capehart Legal Writing Award, sponsored by the law firm of Capehart Scatchard.  Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the annual award ceremony had to be cancelled. The award recipient will graduate from Rutgers Law School in Camden on May 28, 2020.

The Mt. Laurel-based firm awarded Mr. Demeri with a $2,500 prize in recognition of his exemplary legal writing and research abilities.  The Firm offers this award to a graduating Rutgers law student on an annual basis in honor of the late Blaine E. Capehart.

Mr. Demeri’s piece, “Who Needs Legislators?  Discrimination Against Sex Workers Is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII,” was nominated for the award by Katie Eyer, Professor of Law, at Rutgers Law School.  Professor Eyer had this to say about the winning paper: “Derek’s work on this issue is novel, immaculately researched, and well-written. He is already gaining both a local and national name for himself as an expert in this emerging field. And for those who face pervasive discrimination in attempts to obtain work outside of the sex work field, work like Derek’s could make a real concrete impact on their lives. I would not be surprised in years to come to see Derek’s paper cited regularly in the emerging case law and advocacy on this issue. In short, Derek’s piece is eminently deserving of this award.”

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RENEE C. VIDAL JOINS CAPEHART SCATCHARD

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Renee C. Vidal, Esq. has recently joined its Business & Tax and Wills, Estates & Trusts Groups as a Shareholder in its Mount Laurel, NJ office.

Ms. Vidal concentrates her practice in estate planning, estate administration, business and corporate services and elder law.  Her specialty incorporates matters such as business succession planning, tax advice, contract drafting, estate plan drafting, preparation of estate and gift tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns; corporate business and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses, preparation of shareholder agreements and operating agreements and negotiation and preparation of employment agreements/noncompetition agreements.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Vidal earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.  She earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, and received a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University.

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CAPEHART SCATCHARD ATTORNEYS INCLUDED IN 2020 SUPER LAWYERS LIST

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Shareholder Betsy Ramos has been named a “Super Lawyer” in the area of Business Litigation as voted by her peers and facilitated by Law & Politics and New Jersey Monthly.  Fewer than 5% of lawyers are named as Super Lawyers.

Additionally, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev (Schools & Education), Cameron Morgan (Schools & Education), and Daniel Robinson (Workers’ Compensation) were selected as “New Jersey Rising Stars” for 2020.  Less than 2.5% of attorneys selected as “Rising Stars” (lawyers under 40) through a peer nominated process based on independent research and peer evaluation

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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COVID-19 Health Emergency – Business Continuity Update from Our Managing Shareholder to our Valued Clients

I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update on how Capehart Scatchard is addressing the challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as new developments continue to occur. We have offices throughout the Region, and our hearts go out to the many communities that have already been impacted.  

Our clients and our employees are our #1 priorities. We want to assure our clients that we are continuing to work for you. Our offices are open but we have in place telecommuting technology to allow our attorneys, paralegals, and many of our support staff to have remote access to our network, telephones and document management systems.

We are taking the following steps in conjunction with CDC and state guidelines to ensure continuity of services as well as provide a safe environment for both our clients and our staff: 

  • Unless instructed otherwise, we will maintain normal business hours, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, from our offices, or remotely.
  • We have educated our staff on daily measures they are taking to stay safe, including frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and social distancing.
  • All meeting spaces are routinely sanitized, including frequently touched surfaces, door handles, copy equipment, countertops and restrooms.
  • In addition to our normal cleaning services, we have conducted additional disinfecting of our premises.
  • Hand sanitizers are prevalent throughout the Firm and employees are encouraged to follow guidelines put forth by the CDC.
  • We have encouraged our lawyers and staff to cancel non-essential in-person meetings in favor of our temporary preference for telephone and video-conferenced meetings when possible as social distancing is now the norm.

As new guidelines are issued, we will adjust these steps accordingly.

Thank you again for your continued partnership. Capehart Scatchard is committed to taking the necessary steps to help support our clients and employees during this unpredictable time. We hope that you and your families stay safe. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or your contact at Capehart Scatchard.

Our attorneys remain apprised of the
legal issues affecting you and your
business during this pandemic.

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Mary Ellen Rose, Esq.
Managing Shareholder

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