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After hanging up the robes, judges find career options in NJ law firms

By Martin DaksNovember 10, 2017 11:32 AM


Green Rush: New Jersey businesses prepare to cash in on cannabis

By Arthur Augustyn
November 10, 2017 11:21 AM



Stevens & Lee announces team of estates and trusts professionals joins firm

By Emily Bader
November 3, 2017 11:27 AM

Princeton-based Stevens & Lee announced recently that Patricia U. Herst, an estates and trusts attorney in the Princeton community, has joined the firm. CONTINUE READING

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Grant Thornton's N.J. market has new partner-in-charge

By August 15, 2017 11:57 AM

The audit, tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP has named a new partner-in-charge of its New Jersey market, and promoted another staff member to a managing director’s role in the Iselin office, it announced Tuesday. CONTINUE READING

Training pays: In the wake of several controversial shootings, helping officers better deal with confrontations can not only save lives, it can save departments money

By August 8, 2017 02:39 PM

The Camden County Police Department is one of a handful of departments in the country that has been a test site for retraining police officers to take more time to gauge a situation before pulling out a weapon, especially when faced with an unarmed person or one with a mental illness. The main goal of the retraining initiative, which began a year ago, is to lower the number of incidents of deadly force, saving lives of citizens and police officers. But there also is a business argument to be made for the retraining. Simply put, it saves money. “Going back to 2014, the Camden County Police Department has settled two cases in respect to excessive violence that totaled $50,000. And none of these cases were filed after the advent of guardian ethics training and the implementation of body-worn cameras,” said Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen. U.S. Attorney General William Fitzpatrick likened police chiefs to CEOs, who have to figure out a way to provide a product without sky-high costs — including lawsuits tied to police-involved shootings or other cases of excessive force. “Police chiefs and police executives are running departments like CEOs, like they are running a business,” Fitzpatrick said. “But their mission is a little bit different. Their mission is safety, their mission is to protect and serve their brothers and sisters and the community. They are supplying a product, like any business or executive, but their product is public safety. So there’s a little bit of a different dynamic.” Camden Chief Scott Thomson said that, since the department began retraining, Camden has seen a 30 percent reduction in the use of force and more than a third reduction in allegations of excessive force by officers from residents. “That will also correlate to less liability risk for taxpayers, less injuries and time lost from officers off duty,” Thomson said. “Generally, (in use-of-force situations), some injury occurs to the officer, so that affects absentee rates. There is a cost benefit to having this type of de-escalation training and culture.” The officer involved in the recent Minneapolis shooting, Mohammad Noor, allegedly told friends he felt as if his life was in danger before he shot a single fatal round into Justine Damond’s abdomen. If his reasoning sounds familiar, it should. It is the defense used by most officers involved in the controversial shootings of the past few years. It is based on a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court case that established police officers have as much a right to protect themselves as an average citizen if they feel their life is in danger. Ironically, that case was based on excessive force used on an unarmed, diabetic man. The problems police departments around the country are now facing stem from such instances, when police are involved in an encounter with an unarmed person. The new training, ICAT — or Integrating Communications, Assessments and Tactics — was created by the Police Executive Research Forum in early 2016 in collaboration with the New York Police Department. At a recent training conference in New Jersey, which included a presentation from PERF and officers from as far away as Baltimore and Toronto, departments that have used the new training said they are seeing an improvement in relations with the community. Sgt. Scott Swenson of the Baltimore Police Department, who remembers the riots that broke out in 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, said the incident set the tone for reform in the department. CONTINUE READING


New law renames NJEDA HQ in honor of Caren Franzini

By Emily Bader
August 7, 2017 02:15 PM

New legislation to rename the New Jersey Economic Development Authority headquarters in Trenton to the “Caren Franzini Memorial Building” was signed into law Monday by Gov. Chris Christie. CONTINUE READING

The Biber Partnership to relocate in Summit

By Mario Marroquin
August 2, 2017 12:19 PM

Commercial real estate firm NAI James E. Hanson recently announced it represented landlord Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C., in the Biber Partnership’s leasing of 2,375 square feet at 480 Morris Ave., Summit. CONTINUE READING

Lowenstein Sandler opens new office in Roseland

By Mario Marroquin
August 2, 2017 12:13 PM

Shortly after upgrading and expanding its Midtown Manhattan office, the law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP announced it has officially opened its New Jersey office and become the anchor tenant at One Lowenstein Drive, Roseland. CONTINUE READING

Sanzari announces lease renewals in Hackensack, Teaneck

By Mario Marroquin
July 28, 2017 10:53 AM

Commercial real estate firm Alfred Sanzari Enterprises announced eight firms have agreed to lease renewals at Court Plaza South in Hackensack and Glenpointe in Teaneck. The firm said it has seen 40,300 and 20,000 square feet worth of renewals, respectively, at its properties. CONTINUE READING

Atlantic Health System, city of Summit settle on property tax appeals

By Anjalee Khemlani
July 26, 2017 08:15 AM

Atlantic Health System announced its latest property tax settlement with a municipality after the Summit Common Council voted its unanimous approval Tuesday night. CONTINUE READING

Updated: Supreme Court sides with hospitals over Horizon disclosure

By Anjalee Khemlani
July 24, 2017 11:23 AM

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of three hospitals, which remain in an ongoing court battle against the state's largest health insurer, as they seek access to details of a report that was used in setting the controversial OMNIA health plan and alliance in 2015. CONTINUE READING

NJBIZ announces Forty Under 40 for 2017

July 18, 2017 11:59 AM

NJBIZ has revealed the 2017 winners of one of its most popular awards: the Forty Under 40. These up-and-coming stars of the New Jersey business community have achieved professional excellence at a young age, representing the future of their industries and the state as a whole. CONTINUE READING

Christie names his third chief counsel of the year

By Eric Strauss
July 13, 2017 11:25 AM

James DiGiulio, a lawyer who left Gov. Chris Christie's administration earlier this year, is returning as chief counsel, the Office of the Governor announced Thursday. CONTINUE READING

Changes in ACA would be a disaster for Camden County residents

By Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr.July 13, 2017 07:54 AM

Earlier this year I wanted to gauge the enormity of what the Affordable Care Act had done for our residents here in Camden County by speaking directly with our Board of Social Services. CONTINUE READING

Poll: Majority of residents say N.J. is ‘worse off’ because of Christie

By Emily Bader
July 10, 2017 01:23 PM

Gov. Chris Christie’s job rating is at an all-time low of 15 percent, although he’s still hovering above single-digit approval, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll. CONTINUE READING

An overview of pet trusts in New Jersey

By Jo Ann Gambale and Brian R. Selvin of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & DavisJuly 10, 2017 08:18 AM

Many people utilize the services of an estate planner when providing for the orderly distribution of their assets to their loved ones. CONTINUE READING

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