Raymond J. Seigler and Ashley L. Matias Represent 13-Year-Old Victim of Racist and Sexist HarassmentJul 30, 2021
Raymond J. Seigler and Ashley L. Matias are representing an East Brook Middle School student in her suit against the Paramus School Board and her bully. The student, the only Black child in her class, was subjected to repeated racist and sexist harassment that the School was aware of but failed to stop. The harassment included heinous racial slurs, slander designed to ostracize the student, and threats of violence. As a result, the student’s mental health declined. She no longer wanted to attend school and suffered from stress-related injuries, eventually receiving psychological counseling after threatening to harm herself. Her parents considered leaving the country.
John V. Mallon recently completed his one-year term as President of the New Jersey Defense Association. He will now serve as Chair of the NJDA Board. The NJDA held its first in-person event since 2020 in Cooperstown, New York for its 55th annual convention.
Leonard V. Jones was recently selected for the New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”) Leadership Academy from a record number of applicants. The NJSBA selected 15 attorneys for the 2021-2022 Leadership Academy. The attorneys selected for the Leadership Academy represent all corners of the legal community, belonging to large and mid-size firms to government service to solo practices, and hailing from all parts of the state.
John V. Mallon obtained two successful verdicts in virtual trials for defense clients held remotely via Zoom this past month. In both trials, the jury deliberated for less than an hour.
The first was a liability-only trial held in Bergen County in May. Litigation arose out of a long-standing family dispute which culminated with the plaintiff alleging his aunt, the defendant, ran him down with her car. The defendant denied it and said the plaintiff jumped on the hood of her car and refused to get off. After the plaintiff declined to dismount from the vehicle, the defendant drove a mile to the police department. The jury found that the aunt was not responsible for the incident which resulted in her nephew on the hood of the car.
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC officially celebrated the Juneteenth holiday on Friday, June 18, 2021, with a special program featuring Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett. Dr. Pritchett is an esteemed activist and mentor who currently serves as the Senior Adviser to Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Director of Seton Hall University's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program. In 2016, he was a recipient of the President’s Lifetime Achievement award from President Barack Obama for dedicating his life's work to fighting discrimination against African Americans.
Ryan J. Gaffney was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Association, representing the Association's Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The YLD provides New Jersey’s newest lawyers an opportunity to network and enhance their professional development by interacting with attorneys across different practices. Division members organize and promote activities to assist new lawyers in the practice of law and encourage pro bono and community service involvement.
Cheyne R. Scott has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Garden State Bar Association. In addition to her current leadership as Co-Chair of the GSBA Labor and Employment Steering Committee, Cheyne was elected to serve a three-year term on the GSBA Board of Directors.
Maria P. Vallejo has helped organize and will moderate the New Jersey State Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s “But Where Are You Really From? A look at Asian American History, The Law, and Notions of Belonging in the United States” this Friday, June 11, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm. The virtual program will focus on issues facing the Asian American Pacific Islander community and will feature a talk by Dr. Karen Korematsu, whose father, Fred Korematsu, was the civil rights leader who brought forward the seminal Supreme Court case of Korematsu v. U.S. regarding the WWII internment of Japanese Americans.
Kenneth A. Porro will be joining a distinguished panel of local government attorneys at the NJSBA’s "Hot Topics in Local Government" webcast on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 5:15 PM. Some of the hot topics include: OPRA, Dealing with Financially Distressed Properties, Vaccination protocols, Election law, Affordable Housing, Conflict of Interest and much more.
Several CLMC Partners and Of Counsel received honors and presented seminars at the New Jersey State Bar Association's Annual Meeting and Convention, held virtually on May 19-21, 2021.