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Luanne Peterpaul and Robyn Gigl being honored at NJ LGBT Awards tonight

We are so very proud to announce that two of GluckWalrath’s partners, Luanne Peterpaul and Robyn Gigl will be honored tonight, at the NJ LGBT Awards in Asbury Park at the Watermark. The event is being put on by The Pride Network and the annual event honors leaders in the community driving our state forward.

If you are interested in attending, please purchase tickets. We are thrilled to see such accomplishment from our team at GluckWalrath.

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Ryan Jones elected to Borough Council in South River

On November 3rd, GluckWalrath Associate, Ryan Jones, was elected by the residents of South River to the Borough Council. South River, a borough of three-square miles and about 16,000 residents in Middlesex County, held elections to select two council seats and the mayor position this year. The government functions under a “weak mayor” format, with the six council members managing the borough and enacting policy and the mayor voting in situations to break a tie.

As top-vote-getter in his town as a first-time-on-the-ballot candidate, we are incredibly proud of Councilman-Elect Jones. The GluckWalrath team is comprised of skilled attorneys with incredible talents outside of the firm that ensures our legal work is approached with care and expertise. Running for elected office is a challenging task and one of the highest accomplishments one can make in a democracy. We wish Mr. Jones well as he begins service in the public sector.

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Luanne Peterpaul to Speak at PNC Proud Event

Tonight, GluckWalrath Partner, Luanne Peterpaul will be addressing PNC Proud, LGBTA Employee Business Resource Group, honoring Anti-Bullying Month and National Coming Out Day. Ms. Peterpaul is speaking along side Jane Clementi of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, discussing topics related to the establishment of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, which Ms. Peterpaul worked to develop and implement in the state.

The event will take place in New Brunswick from 5:30-8:30 PM at Aja Asian Cuisine & Lounge. If you are interested in attending the event, you must RSVP, as space is limited. Please contact Ms. Peterpaul for more information.

You can learn more about the Tyler Clementi foundation here.

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Luanne Peterpaul Named Diverse Attorney of the Year

The New Jersey Law Journal recently published their short list of Diverse Attorneys of the Year and we are proud to announce that Luanne Peterpaul, Partner, has been recognized to this very distinct and high honor.

The New Jersey Law Journal describes the award:

Earlier this year, the Law Journal began seeking suggestions for its first annual Diverse Attorneys of the Year honors.

The response from the legal community was immediate and enthusiastic, and it provided us with a list of extremely accomplished and worthy attorneys from which to choose. While the selection process was not easy, we feel this year’s honorees indisputably are among the top legal talent in New Jersey.

When we talk about diversity, we’re referring to it in all of its forms—including ethnicity, race, gender and sexual orientation—and these honorees are certainly representative of that concept. But they also represent a broad cross-section of the legal community in terms of the work they perform. Some are partners and associates at law firms both large and small, others serve in government agencies. Some work in public interest organizations, and others are in-house counsel at large corporations.

Congratulations to our Partner, Luanne. You may read more at the New Jersey Law Journal site (sign-up required).

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GluckWalrath Lawyers named Superlawyers in 2015

GluckWalrath is pleased to announce that Chris Walrath, Partner, Luanne Peterpaul, Partner, and Robyn Gigl, Partner, were named Superlawyers in 2015.

Learn more about our distinguished attorneys. Read Chris Walrath’s Superlawyers profile. Read Luanne Peterpaul’s Superlawyers profile. Read Robyn Gigl’s Superlawyers profile.

Ryan Jones invited to M&A Advisors Emerging Leaders Summit

Associate, Ryan M. Jones, was recently selected to participate in the 2015 M&A Advisors Emerging Leaders Summit (.pdf). The symposium, held in concert with the annual 40 under 40 Awards, was designed to bring together emerging young leaders that are involved in or have an effect upon the M&A industry. Mr. Jones was selected by peers from the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Organization to represent the Government Affairs and Lobbying perspective at the summit.

David Fergusson, President of the M&A Advisor stated, “While most of the participants in this summit toil in the financial services industry day in and day out, this summit focused not on the nuts and bolts of the trade. Instead, with some wise older sages and recognized experts, we gathered to discuss the opportunities for and challenges of leadership.” The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past seventeen years, through our research, reporting, publishing and summits, we have established the world’s premier network of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and finance professionals.

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Michael Gluck, receives new appointment

Governor Chris Christie recently appointed Michael Gluck to serve upon the Executive Committee of the Meadowlands Regional Commission, the newly formed commission consolidating the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the New Jersey Hackensack Meadowlands Agency. After the Meadowlands Agency Consolidation Act was signed into law back in December, both of these agencies were to be consolidated in order to create efficiencies and reduce bureaucracy. There are several vital components necessary for the continuation and expansion of the comprehensive plan for the economic development growth of the Hackensack Meadowlands District, which will be served by consolidation of these entities.

His appointment to the Executive Committee has Mr. Gluck overseeing and implimenting policy on a variety of matters relating to the Meadowlands region, including environmental, tourism, gaming, development, and zoning. He serves as one of eleven members.

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Partners successfully defend case against Monmouth County and Correctional Officers

GluckWalrath LLP is pleased to announce that Senior Litigation Counsel and Special Monmouth County Counsel, Partner, Andrew Bayer, with the assistance of Partner, David A. Clark, successfully defended the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and eleven individual correctional officers before a 10 member jury in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in a lawsuit alleging Section 1983 civil rights violations brought by the family of a 22 year old inmate who died following a use of force incident at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility. The Hon. Anne E. Thompson, U.S.D.J. presided over the trial which lasted over two weeks.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court of New Jersey – Trenton Vicinage, centered upon whether the Monmouth County Defendants violated Amit Bornstein’s constitutional right to be free from excessive force as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constituion. Specifically, Mr. Bornstein’s estate alleged that the correctional officers committed excessive force and that the Sheriff’s Office adopted policies or failed to adopt policies which deprived Mr. Bornstein of his constitutional rights. The Bornstein Estate further alleged that the Sheriff’s Office was deliberately indifferent to Mr.. Bornstein’s constitutional rights in failing to adequately train its correctional officers in the appropriate use of force policies.

On March 6, 2015, the jury returned a verdict of no-cause of action on all counts deciding that our Monmouth County clients did not deprive Amit Bornstein of his constitutional right to be free from excessive force. This matter was brought by the Estate of Amit Bornstein, an individual who after being brought to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on July 29, 2010 died later that evening. Mr. Bayer convinced the jury that the correctional officers did not utilize excessive force nor did they cause Mr. Bornstein ‘s unfortunate death. Instead, they concluded that his death was caused by a preexisting cardiac disease superceding any other possible cause. He further convinced the jury that there were no policies in effect or a failure to train officers which deprived Mr. Bornstein of his constitutional rights.

Mr. Bayer commented on the outcome, “Mr. Bornstein’s passing is sad. It is unfortunate. No one from Monmouth County Correctional Institution is happy that one of their inmates passed away. But as the jury concluded, Sheriff Shaun Golden’s policies, practices and training along with the actions of our correctional officer clients were vindicated and appropriate in their treatment of Mr. Bornstein.”

Additionally, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement through its spokesperson, Cynthia Scott. “After reviewing the facts and all the testimony of the case it was clear that the officers involved acted appropriately. While our thoughts remain with the Bornstein family on their loss, Mr. Bornstein’s actions and medical condition are what led to his unfortunate death.”

To read more about the verdict, please visit Asbury Park Press.

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Anti-Bullying Task Force Releases Third Annual Report

AntiBullyingWe are pleased to share that our partner, Luanne Peterpaul, as member of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Task Force (ABTF) contributed to the publication of this year’s annual report. The ABTF is pleased to note a second year of declining trends in HIB investigations and incidents in schools and an increase in programs and trainings offered to students and staff to prevent HIB incidents. More specifically, according to the Commissioner’s Annual Report to the Education Committees of the Senate and General Assembly on the Violence Vandalism and Substance Abuse in New Jersey Public Schools, July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 (V & V Report), there was a 16% decrease in the number of HIB investigations conducted over the prior year and a 9% decline in confirmed incidents.

With a focus on the effective implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) in New Jersey schools, the ABTF is recommending several revisions to regulation, as well as the development of additional guidance for the field that will help to clarify the law and support its practice in schools.

  1. The definition of HIB as it relates to hazing, reporting and investigation
  2. Implementation of the ABR in higher education
  3. The Commissioner’s Program and Guidance for Determining Grades under the ABR
  4. School range of responses to incidents of HIB
  5. Resources available to assist in the implementation of the ABR
  6. School Safety/Climate Team
  7. Training.

The overarching goal of the ABR and the ABTF is to assist schools throughout the State of New Jersey to reduce HIB. The ABTF strongly recommends in the current report that the focus of training be purposeful and shift from compliance to that of creating a culture of inclusivity and collaboration through the School Safety/Climate Team. The continued focus on improving school climate should be each district’s ultimate goal.

A copy of the 2014 Annual Report can be downloaded here.

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Kendal Jones nominated as “Woman Worthy of Honor: Serving Children in Our Community Award”

It is with great pride that GluckWalrath shares news of Kendal Jones’ nomination from Woman Walking in the Spirit Youth-At-Risk Mentoring Program as a “Woman Worthy of Honor”.

From the organization,

As you consider the nomination for this award, as an advocate of our children we sincerely believe you to be well deserving of this honor, which will be the “Women Walking in the Spirit’s 1st Annual Award Ceremony.” Let me say you have not only impacted the lives of our youth, but fellow educators and community members, as well as your associates. Kendal, your influence will follow those you have touched for a lifetime and the lessons they have learned will help them in countless ways. You are an outstanding representative of the profession. Therefore, with the utmost confidence, belief and trust, I present to you the nomination. We know that you do not work or serve our children for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact all. I believe that you, like many others, have been endowed with a special calling, which allows you to mentor in love. By virtue of this God given ability you have been able to balance as well as maximize your role as sister, mother, friend, and mentor and community leader. Your desire to assist the children to strive for excellence in their personal development has taught them the importance of loving themselves, as well as respect for each other. This has also taught all of us (your peers) to give our best for our youth, to wear a smile, to have faith, and to remember that the storms of life can often produce beautiful rainbows and new growth.

Kendal will be honored at an award dinner on April 15, 2015 to celebrate all that she has given of herself in supporting, caring for, and mentoring at-risk youth in New Jersey.

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