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Capehart Scatchard Attorneys Take Part In Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Legislation

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev and Marie Michel, participated in a remote CLE entitled “Why Say Gay: A Look at Dangerous Trending Legislation.”  The CLE, held on June 23, 2022, was sponsored by the Burlington County Bar Association’s Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership Committee.  Ms. Dev is Co-Chair of the Committee.

Ms. Dev served as moderator for the panel discussion and Ms. Michel served as a panelist. The participants addressed anti-gay/anti-trans legislation throughout the country. Topics discussed included the cultural history of resistance and impact on intersex children, legislation passed in New Jersey on LGBTQ curriculum in public schools, rights of transgender students v. rights of teachers, and best practices approach for practitioners to discuss with clients.

Ms. Dev, a shareholder in the School Law Department, 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.  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.   Upon graduation from Rutgers Law School, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. (ret.) in Burlington County.

Ms. Michel, an associate in the Workers’ Compensation Department, received her law degree from Rutgers Law School, Camden and a B.S. degree in Marketing and a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey.  Upon law school graduation, she worked as a law clerk in Burlington County for the Honorable Sander D. Friedman, J.S.C. and as a recall law clerk to the Honorable John E. Harrington, J.S.C. (Ret./Rec.) and the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. (Ret./Rec.).  She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

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