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IN MEMORIAM


Thomas J. Bitar ’60 died on Aug. 28 at age 83. While a student he was editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Review. He clerked for Justice Frederick Hall of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and then joined the firm of Jeffers & Mountain, where he rose to managing partner of what became the renamed Dillon Bitar & Luther, LLC. He also served as a commissioner on the New Jersey Corporate Law Revision Commission, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, and a member of the New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board. 






  

Alumni Achievements

Michael P. Collins '91, Senior Counsel at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

The New Jersey State Senate has unanimously confirmed the nomination of Passaic County Superior Court Judge Esther Suarez ’97 for a five-year term as Hudson County Prosecutor. 

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. has established a new family law practice in its Newark office, led by attorneys recruited from the practice at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Jennifer Lazor ’98 is one of the attorneys who have changed firms. She will be a partner at Sills Cummis, as she was at her former firm. 

Albert Alvarez ’01 has been named chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University board of directors community relations committee. Alvarez is an associate with Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst and Doukas, LLP.

Gov. Chris Christie plans to nominate Richard J. Badolato ’65, a partner at Connell Foley LLP, as New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance. 

Bridget Stecher ’95, whose solo practice focuses on real estate, probate and estate planning, matrimonial and family law, and municipal court matters, has been nominated to the Essex County Superior Court. Marybel Mercado-Ramirez ’96 and Hon. Yolanda Adrianzen ’87 have been nominated to the Passaic County Superior Court. Mercado-Ramirez is an assistant prosecutor in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office. Judge Adrianzen is the supervising judge of the Jersey City Workers’ Compensation Court. 

The Real Estate Department of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. has added Jason L. Sobel ’97 as of counsel in its Newark office. Sobel was previously with Genova Burns LLC.

Susan Lyons ’04 is now director of the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, PA. For the past 15 years she had held positions with the Rutgers School of Law–Newark law library, most recently as associate director for public services.

Paul Casteleiro ’73, legal director for Centurion Ministries, was profiled in the May 22, 2015 Wall Street Journal.

Harry S. Jackson ’12 has been appointed chairman of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Jackson is an associate in the Corporate Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and focuses his practice on gaming law matters.

CJ Griffin ’09, an associate at Pashman Stein, PC, has been named chair of the LGBT Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association for the 2015-2016 term. Griffin is a litigator in the Access to Public Records Practice at Pashman Stein.

Jessica Källström-Schreckengost ’10 has joined the Omaha office of Jackson Lewis P.C. as an associate. She focuses her practice on representing management in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, she was a litigation and enforcement associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Alexander J. LaRosa ’08 has joined Murphy Sullivan Kronk, Burlington, VT, as an associate. His practice areas are litigation, land use permitting, environmental law, and commercial law.

The Hon. Marquis D. Jones, Jr. ’94, former judge of the New Jersey Superior Court and deputy attorney general for the New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, has joined the Weinberger Law Group.

Impax Laboratories has appointed Donna M. Hughes ’92 senior vice president, human resources. She had been vice president, labor and employment, and a member of the global leadership team and human resources leadership team at Actavis.

Steven W. Zelkowitz ’89, managing shareholder of the Miami office of GrayRobinson and co-chair of the Hospitality Industry Group, has been elected Vice Mayor of Miami Shores Villages.

The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys has elected Edward Nusbaum ’73, Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., to its advisory board.

Katherine G. Newcomer ’78, a mediator and arbitrator, is the author of the new romance The Phoenix and the Falcon.

Hon. Richard Greenhalgh ’50, Bergen County's longest serving municipal court judge, retired on March 31 after 48 years as a judge in River Vale.

Tracy Hope Davis ’92, U.S. Trustee for Northern and Eastern California and Nevada, has been selected as the commencement speaker for her alma mater, Wells College.

Bergen County Assignment Judge Peter Doyne ’76 will step down from the bench on May 1. He was appointed to the bench in 1993 and has served as assignment judge since 2008. Judge Doyne will join the firm of Ferro, Labella & Zucker LLC.

Michael Faherty ’89 has relocated the Faherty Law Firm to Hershey, PA to facilitate his statewide representation of private owners in eminent domain and property rights litigation matters.

Susan Watson ’97 has joined Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C. in its new Phoenix office. She practices in the area of complex commercial litigation.

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP has elected Brenda C. Liss ’84 partner. Liss, who practices in the areas of education law, employment law and government affairs, was executive director of the Rutgers University–Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy before joining the firm in 2008. 

Mario Chicas ’13 has joined the Litigation Department of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. as an associate.

Hon. Thomas W. Sumners, Jr. ’84, who is on temporary assignment to the Appellate Division, has been nominated by Gov. Christie for tenure. He was previously a judge of the Superior Court, Mercer County.

Philip Scalo ’78, president and chief executive officer of Bartley Healthcare, will be honored by Felician College at its annual President’s Scholarship Gala.

WCNY, central New York’s public media company, has honored Virginia C. Robbins ’86 with its Women Who Make America Award. Robbins is a member of the management committee at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC and chair of its environmental and energy practice.

Ellen Relkin ’84 has been named to the plaintiffs’ steering committee created by judicial order to facilitate lawsuits against the makers of the anticoagulant drug Xarelto. Relkin is of counsel with Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.

Ralph Delouis ’09 has joined Morritt Hock & Hamroff LLP as an associate in its commercial litigation practice area.

Jennifer Velez ’96 is stepping down as New Jersey Commissioner of Human Services to become senior vice president of strategy and planning at Barnabas Health. Velez is the longest-serving commissioner of the department, which is the largest in state government. 

Day Pitney LLP has promoted J. Andres Mayor ’05 to partner. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in state and federal court across various types of matters. 

Mark A. Angelson ’75 has been inducted into the Rutgers Board of Governors for a term that runs through 2020.

Aaron T. Ford ’05 has retired as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark Division to lead PSE&G’s in-house investigations as head of its business assurance and resilience department.

Joanne Zakartha Bruno ’87 has been appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at East Stroudsburg University. She had been vice president of academic initiatives and services at New Jersey City University.

Ryan J. Cooper ’06 has joined Pashman Stein, P.C., as counsel and will head the firm’s new Privacy and Information Governance Practice Group. He had been litigation counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Bantrel, a leading provider of engineering, procurement and construction projects in Canada, has appointed Raymond Suire ’94 as vice president – manager of legal and risk. Suire had been on assignment to Bantrel from parent company Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals for the past three years.