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Passion, Prosperity, and Racial Justice in New Jersey's Legal Profession (Webinar)

February 23, 2022, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location Online
SponsorPre-Law ProgramPosted InCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences
DepartmentPre-Law Program
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In honor of Black History Month - February 2022, The New Jersey State Bar Association in collaboration with Montclair State University's Pre-Law Program, the EOF Pre-Law Academy, and Black Heritage Month Planning Committee are pleased to offer this virtual webinar. In this event, participants are sure to connect and be inspired by five of New Jersey's most respected attorneys about their journey and experience with challenges and success in legal practice. The speakers for this event include:

Amani S. Abdellah

Amani is counsel in the Princeton and Cherry Hill, N.J. offices, where she is a member of the Community Associations practice group. Amani advises condominium and homeowner associations on all legal matters. She represents clients throughout New Jersey concerning general corporate matters, drafting and enforcement of contracts, developing and enforcing rules and regulations, interpreting, advising and drafting revisions to governing documents, and pursuing construction defect litigation.

Raymond M. Brown

Raymond M. Brown has decades of experience as a highly respected civil and criminal litigator. He focuses his practice in white collar criminal defense, international human rights compliance, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation on behalf of individuals, corporations, and government entities. He counsels foreign and domestic multinationals on a broad range of corporate risk management, governance, and transactional issues. He has been a leader in the development of the practice of law concerning the regulation and enforcement of business requirements for human rights compliance, both domestically and on the international stage.

Leonard V. Jones

Leonard V. Jones is a civil litigation attorney with Chasan, Lamparello, Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, focusing his practice on contracts, governmental entity representation, labor and employment law, and represents individuals, municipalities, counties, authorities, and school boards in various litigation and compliance matters arising under New Jersey's Tort Claims Act (Title 59). 

Tracy M. Thompson

Tracy M. Thompson has proudly served the State of New Jersey for more than 25 years. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal appointed Thompson to the position of New Jersey Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor in March 2018. On June 30, 2021, the New Jersey State Senate confirmed Thompson as the New Jersey Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. She is only the third person to be confirmed to this position since the inception of the Office in 1998. As the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, Thompson supervises a staff of nearly 100 who investigate and prosecute all types of insurance fraud, including health care, auto, Medicaid, disability, and workers’ compensation. This Office also coordinates the anti-insurance fraud activities of the state and local investigating agencies and prosecutors.

Camelia M. Valdes

Camelia M. Valdes is the Passaic County Prosecutor. When Ms. Valdes was appointed on May 16, 2009 by Governor Jon S. Corzine and confirmed by the New Jersey State Legislature, she became the first Latina county prosecutor in the State of New Jersey, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States. Governor Chris Christie re-appointed Ms. Valdes to a second term on June 26, 2015. As the chief law enforcement official in Passaic County, Ms. Valdes is responsible for the management of approximately 185 assistant prosecutors, detectives, victim advocates and support staff, a $20 million office budget and the oversight of 16 municipal police departments, the police departments of William Paterson and Montclair State Universities and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.