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Capehart Scatchard Shareholder Recognized As A “Woman Of The Week” By Women’s Advisory Council

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that the Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council has selected, shareholder Sanmathi “Sanu” Dev, to receive the “Woman of the Week” award for the week of September 27, 2021.  Ms. Dev was nominated for the award by a member of the Advisory Council for her outstanding service to the Burlington County community.

Ms. Dev, a Burlington County resident, 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.

In addition, Ms. Dev serves as a Co-Chair of the Burlington County Bar Association’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Committee and is a Trustee of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey. She also serves on the Rutgers Law School Dean’s Council and is a member of the Rutgers Alumni for Diversity, Community-Building, and Access in the Law. Throughout her career, Ms. Dev has mentored law students and young attorneys particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.

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Andrea Schlafer Appointed Board Member Of The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network

Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Andrea L. Schlafer, Esq., was recently named a member of the board of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (“NWCDN”).  The NWCDN is a network of law firms dedicated to protecting employers in workers’ compensation cases in 45 states and Canada.

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 Shareholders Named To The Best Lawyers In America© 2022 List

Capehart Scatchard Shareholders, John H. Geaney, Esq. and Betsy G. Ramos, Esq., were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, issued by BL Rankings, LLC.  Mr. Geaney was selected in the practice area of Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers and Ms. Ramos was selected in the area of Litigation – Insurance.

The Best Lawyers in America list is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which leading attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  A description of the selection methodology can be viewed here.

Mr. Geaney is Co-Chair of Capehart Scatchard’s Workers’ Compensation Group. He is active in the New Jersey Self Insurers Association (Membership and Programs Committees) as well as NJ PRIMA and Kids’ Chance of New Jersey.  Mr. Geaney is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network and is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual for Practitioners, Physicians, Adjusters, and Employers.

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 thirty years’ experience handling diverse matters and concentrates her practice in tort defense, business litigation,  insurance coverage,  estate litigation, employment litigation, and general litigation.

 

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

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Alana Hans-Cohen Named To Insider NJ’s 2021 “Insider 100: Policymakers” List

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that associate, Alana Hans-Cohen, has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s top policymakers by Insider NJ. For the full 2021 “Insider 100: Policymakers” list, please click here.

Ms. Hans-Cohen is a self-proclaimed “cannabis nerd” who focuses her practice on cannabis law and how this new, highly regulated industry intersects business, real estate, government, social justice, and public policy.

Ms. Hans-Cohen received her law degree from New York Law School and a B.A. degree in Political Science from City University of New York, John Jay College. Ms. Hans-Cohen is Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Drugs and the Law, and a Trustee of The Cannabis Advisory Group, a non-profit focusing on improving cannabis laws and education. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, and Washington State.

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Capehart Scatchard Participates In Eyeglass Drive

PHOTO: Kay Sowa, EA, AEP®, CFTA presents a full box of eyeglasses to Phil Lezenby, Past President of the Moorestown Lions Club.

Over the past several months, attorneys and staff have been collecting used eyeglasses for the Moorestown Lions Club.  The collection drive was spearheaded by Kay Sowa, a paralegal in the Trusts & Estates Group. Ms. Sowa originally contacted the club after cleaning out a decedent’s residence where she found several pair of glasses and wanted them to be put to good use.  She decided to start the collection at the firm to bring awareness that used glasses can be recycled and can bring sight to needy people around the world.

The firm collected almost 150 pairs of gently used eyeglasses. Lions Club volunteers will examine each pair to determine the prescription. The glasses will be labeled and then sent to countries lacking access to basic eye care.

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Team From Capehart Scatchard Volunteers At Local Food Bank

PHOTO: L to R: Jaclyn Terranova, Esq.; McKenna Parris, Esq.; Callan Devery; Kelly Ann Dugan, Esq.; Beth Hopkins, Marketing Director.

On Saturday, June 12th, attorneys and staff, along with family members, volunteered to package and distribute groceries for the Food Bank of South Jersey. Additionally, the firm presented a $2,500 donation to the Food Bank.

Capehart Scatchard’s team of volunteers worked in Burlington City, NJ out of the Hope Mobile, a mobile pantry, carrying a truckload of food to ‘food deserts’ – those areas that lack access to a viable network of food. This aptly named 18 wheel tractor trailer holds 45,000 lbs. of food.

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Sanu Dev Serves As Moderator For Diversity & Inclusion CLE

On June 24, 2021, Capehart Scatchard Shareholder, Sanmathi “Sanu” Dev, served as the moderator for a CLE hosted by the D&I Committee of the Burlington County Bar Association.  The CLE entitled, “Race and Gender Identity Issues in Criminal Justice,” featured a discussion on how the criminal justice and prison systems treat vulnerable defendants and inmates.  Ms. Dev serves as a Co-Chair of the Burlington County Bar Association’s Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership Committee.

The CLE was presented by Robyn Gigl, Esq., a transgender attorney and author.  Ms. Gigl’s recently published legal crime thriller, By Way of Sorrow, features a transgender criminal defense attorney from New Jersey and her black transgender client who has been accused of murder.

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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Capehart Scatchard Hosts Panel Discussion For First Year Law Students

Capehart Scatchard hosted a remote panel discussion on June 22, 2021 for first year law students from Rutgers Law School.  The students are part of the Rutgers Minority Student Program.

Capehart Scatchard attorneys, Ana-Eliza Bauersachs, Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, and Stacey Gorin, and summer law clerks, Kristen Doyle, Sean Dugan, and Gitika Kapoor served as panelists participating in a discussion on law careers in private practice.  The panelists shared their experiences and insights about succeeding in law school, increasing diversity and inclusion in the profession, and demystifying the summer law clerk experience.  The event was hosted by Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which Ms. Dev leads.

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Rutgers Student Receives Scholarly Award from Capehart Scatchard Law Firm

Taylor Farrow was the recipient of the 22nd 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 graduated from Rutgers Law School in Camden on May 27, 2021.

The Mt. Laurel-based firm awarded Ms. Farrow with a $2,500 prize in recognition of her 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.

Ms. Farrow’s piece, “Contact Tracing: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going.  The Influence “Privacy by Design” has had on Contact Tracing Apps and the Lasting Impression it will Have Well After the Pandemic is Over,” was nominated for the award by Ellen Goodman, Professor of Law, at Rutgers Law School.  Professor Goodman had this to say about the winning paper: “Taylor examined how COVID contact-tracing applications achieve public health protection without sacrificing individual privacy.  In doing so, she applied the theory of privacy-by-design to develop recommendations for federal law. This was an ambitious and timely project, which Taylor executed with great skill.”

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Capehart Scatchard Welcomes Summer Law Clerks

PHOTO: L to R: Mary Ellen Rose, Esq., Managing Shareholder; Kristen Doyle; Sean Dugan; Gitika Kapoor; Francine Viden, Information Specialist.

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

The Firm’s 2021 summer law clerks are:

Kristen Doyle – Rutgers Law School – Camden

Sean Dugan – Rutgers Law School – Camden

Gitika Kapoor – Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

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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