Attorney with extensive background in mediation and communication
skills that build towards consensus in dispute resolution and avoidance
of adversarial proceedings. Highly skilled lecturer and trainer with
diverse experience in education and business organizations including key
positions in policy, administration, and instruction in higher and secondary
education organizations. Possess excellent consensus and team-building
skills enhanced by high functioning communication, organization, and analytical
Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
Juris Doctorate, May, 1987
The Jurist, staff, 1983-84
Brehon Law Society, 1984-87, President 1986-87
Internship: Office of the City Solicitor, Philadelphia, PA, 1987
West Chester State College, West Chester, PA
Graduate work towards Master of Arts in Speech Communications, GPA
Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications, May, 1979
Honors: Dean's List, 1975-79; West Chester Alumni Assoc. Scholarship,
Harvard Law School, Program of Instruction for Lawyers (PIL),
Mediation Training, June, 2005.
Center for Dispute Solutions (CDS), Washington, DC, Advanced Mediation
Training, March, 2006.
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Certification in
Mediation Training, approved by the NJ Administrative Office of the Courts,
NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Mediation Skills and Training,
NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education, June 2002
Community Justice Institute, Mediation Training for the Courts, under
direction of NJ Administrative Office of the Courts, September 1988.
Established and maintained corporations and limited liability companies.
Drafted shareholders and members agreements. Maintained records and
filings in compliance with state and federal laws. Provided legal representation
and advice on all matters including corporate affairs, contracts, licensing
agreements, lease or purchase of real property and equipment, intellectual
property, and human resources. Appeared in federal and state courts as
well as retained and supervised outside counsel. 1992-2002
CLARK LADNER FORTENBAUGH & YOUNG, Philadelphia, PA and Haddonfield,
Responsible for all aspects of commercial, personal injury, and property
damage litigation from investigation, pleadings, and discovery through
settlement or trial. Negotiated, drafted, and reviewed contracts for commercial
SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, Atlantic County, NJ
Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Michael R. Connor
Analyzed motions and briefs, conducted legal research, and wrote memoranda
of law. Served as mediator for court-mandated dispute resolution
OFFICE OF THE U.S. ATTORNEY, Philadelphia, PA
Conducted legal research, prepared memoranda, assisted with trial preparation
and provided support to Criminal and Civil Division attorneys. 1986-1987
CUMBERLAND COUNTY COLLEGE, Vineland, NJ
Acting Chair, Business and Professional Studies Division, 2003-4
Managed division including hiring and supervising staff as well as
full-time and adjunct faculty, managing student issues, scheduling classes,
managing budget, writing and editing materials.
Professor and Program Coordinator, Paralegal Studies
Manage paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.
Hire and supervise adjunct professors. Review and revise curriculum. Manage
budget including grant requests and spending. Advise students on academic,
career, and transfer options. Courses taught include Introduction to the
Legal System, Civil Litigation, Law Office Management, Property Transactions,
Legal Research and Writing, and Business Law.
Chair, Institutional Assessment Committee Served on Academic Council,
Marketing and Retention, Affirmative Action, and Professional Development
Committees. Assistant Professor 1989-1994; Associate Professor 1994-2000;
ROWAN UNIVERSITY, Glassboro, NJ
Adjunct Faculty Member
Teach Communication Law with emphasis on First Amendment and ethics
issues in mass media. 2000-present
WIDENER UNIVERSITY, Chester PA and Wilmington DE
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Washington, DC
Taught Contracts, The Legal Environment of Business, Effective Public
Speaking, and Business Communications. 1981-1990. Faculty Advisor to University
College Council of Students, 1986-1988. Distinguished Service Award
for Teaching Excellence 1988.
Provided support to the Dean of Admissions and the Admissions Committee
from initial recruitment through financial aid awards. Reviewed applications
and made recommendations based upon standards set by the committee.
Recruited and interviewed applicants. Served as administration liaison
to LaRaza Student Organization. Organized and coordinated recruitment
efforts of Black American Law Student Association (BALSA) and LaRaza.
Clearview Regional High School Board of Education, Mullica
Hill, NJ 1994-2003
Elected to office representing Mantua Township. Served as Chair
of Public Policy and Legislation Committee and Member of Student Activities,
Finance, and Buildings and Grounds Committees. Served while acquiring land
and planning, designing, financing and construction of two multi-million
dollar addition and renovation projects to middle and high school buildings.
Mantua Township Zoning Board, Mantua Township, NJ
Review and vote upon applications for variances to township ordinances.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS
Admitted to Federal and State Courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Member, American Bar Association and New Jersey Bar Association.
Mediator, Small Claims Court, Superior Court of NJ.
Appointed Member, NJ Supreme Court Committee on Paralegal Education
and Regulation, 1992-1999.
Member, NJ Bar Foundation Mock Trial Committee, 1995-present.
Consultant, Licensure Committee of the Commission on Workforce Development,
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC, 1998-present.
Program Speaker, Crisis in America, Sept. 11: A Six-Month Retrospective.
Topic: Civil Liberties and the Academic Community. Cumberland County College,
March 12, 2002 and Sept. 11: A One Year Retrospective, Topic: Constitutional
Rights and The Patriots Act. Sept. 11, 2002.
Speaker, Avoiding Claims of Sexual Harassment, Cumberland County College
Presidentís Council and Faculty Association.
Speaker, To Approve or Not To Approve: ABA Approval and Paralegal Education,
Annual Conference, American Association of Community Colleges, April, 2001.
Speaker, Effective Client Interviewing Techniques, New Jersey Institute
of Continuing Legal Education seminar, Effective Communications Skills
CONTINUING LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
NJ School Board Attorneys Annual Seminar, 1996-2002
National School Board Attorneys Annual Conference, 1996-2001
Education Law Conference, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH,
July 2001 and 2002
Research Papers: Of Thee I Sing: The Use of Sacred Music in Public
School Music Programs and The Use of Mediation in Higher Education