Rebecca Moll Freed to present a workshop entitled “501(c)(3) Non-Profits and Elections: Seizing Opportunities and Avoiding Pitfalls”

On Tuesday, September 11 from 8:30am – 12:00pm, Firm Counsel Rebecca Moll Freed will present a workshop entitled “501(c)(3) Non-Profits and Elections:  Seizing Opportunities and Avoiding Pitfalls” for the Center for Non-Profits.  Ms. Freed will provide a discussion regarding voter engagement initiatives for non-profit organizations.   The workshop is designed to provide non-profit organizations with the necessary information to encourage voter education and election participation.  Topics to be explored include voter registration dos and don’ts, rules for ballot questions and New Jersey voting regulations.

This half-day interactive workshop will take place at the following location:

Legal Services of New Jersey – First Floor Training Room

100 Metroplex Drive, Edison, NJ 08817-2684

For more information regarding the workshop, please visit the Center for Non-Profits Website.

To register, click here.

Angelo J. Genova Named in “Best Lawyers in America” for 25th Year in a Row

For the twenty-fifth year in a row, Partner Angelo J. Genova has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment. Selection for Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.

A number of other GBGW partners were also selected this year in the review’s 19th edition:  Brian W. Kronick, the Firm’s Managing Partner and member of the Business Law & Commercial Transactions and Labor Law Groups; James J. McGovern, Director of the Labor Law Group; John C. Petrella, Director of the Employment Law and Litigation Practice Group; and  Judson M. Stein, Director of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group.

Partner Jennifer Mazawey Named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal

Genova Burns is pleased to announce Partner Jennifer Mazawey was recently named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal. The list is compiled of up-and-coming New Jersey lawyers who are distinguished among their peers for their achievements in the workplace and public service involvement. Ms. Mazawey and others selected for this honor are featured in a special supplement to the Law Journal that was published on August 20; they will be honored at a reception on October 4, 2012. Ms. Mazawey is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment & Environmental Law, Construction Law & Litigation and Education Law Practice Groups.

Genova Burns Sponsors New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Kick off Cocktail Party

Genova Burns is proud to sponsor New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) Kick off Cocktail Party, scheduled for Thursday, September 6th from 6 – 8:30 pm at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, New Jersey.  Firm Partner Kathleen Barnett Einhorn and Counsel Dina Mastellone are board members of the organization. NJWLA is committed to supporting and promoting its members to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community, corporate positions and the judiciary; fostering leadership among its membership through professional activities, mentoring, educational programs and networking functions; engaging in statewide efforts designed to retain women in the legal profession; and creating Task Forces to study developments affecting the legal status of women. To learn more about the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and register for the September 6th Kick off Cocktail Party, please click here.

TEACHNJ: Procedures Seeking to Ensure Quality Teacher Performance

Author: Jennifer Mazawey, Esq. and Jennifer Paganucci, Esq.

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On August 6, 2012, Governor Christie signed the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the   Children of New Jersey (“TEACHNJ”) Act.  TEACHNJ represents a significant change from the traditional methods to obtain tenure and methods to remove ineffective teachers from the classroom and focuses on professional development and the importance of performance evaluations.

Centered on a goal of increased student achievement through improved instruction, TEACHNJ requires all newly hired teachers to serve four years prior to obtaining tenure.  During this period, teaching staff members must complete a mentoring program, and after completion, two of three summative evaluations must rank their performance as effective or highly effective in order to receive tenure.

Once tenured, teaching staff members must continue to maintain effective or highly effective performance ratings.  Performance will be evaluated through use of Commissioner of Education approved evaluation rubrics.

TEACHNJ establishes an entirely new system for evaluating performance and continuing employment as a public school teaching staff member.  For more information on the impact of TEACHNJ, or to discuss strategies for implementation of TEACHNJ’s requirements, please contact Jennifer Mazawey, at, or Jennifer Paganucci, at, or 973-533-0777.

New Wastewater Service Area Maps: How Will They Affect Your Property?

Author: William F. Harrison, Esq. and Emmy Acevedo*

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On January 17, 2012, a new law (P.L. 2011, c. 203) (the “Law”) took effect modifying the State Wastewater Management Planning Process. The goal of the Law is to provide greater predictability to property owners, investors, and developers while protecting the State’s significant environmental delicate resources from the impacts of further development. Although the Law did not change the substance of the existing Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) rules, it required County Wastewater Management Planning Agencies (“WMP Agencies”) to submit, at a minimum, the portion of their updated County-wide Wastewater Management Plans (“WMP”) dealing with the delineation of the updated “Future Wastewater Service Area” boundaries to the DEP by July 15, 2012. Sixteen of the twenty-one counties in the State met the deadline for submitting SSA Maps or full WMPs to the DEP.

Access to sanitary sewer service is critical for economic growth and development. WMPs determine where new sanitary sewer lines can be built in the county. A property must be included within the sewer service area (“SSA”) in the WMP in order for development on the property to be served by sewers.  Those properties outside the SSA can only be served by septic systems.  A property’s location outside the SSA will significantly limit the amount of development that can occur on the property.

If you have questions about SSA maps, or if you would like assistance requesting changes, please contact William F. Harrison, Esq. in the Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment and Environmental Law Practice Group.

*Emmy Acevedo is a summer associate with Genova Burns.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Waiver Rule Takes Effect

Author: William F. Harrison, Esq. and Nicki Leitner

The Waiver Rule, adopted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), took effect on August 1, 2012. Applications for waivers are now being accepted by DEP.

In March of 2012, DEP adopted the Waiver Rule in direct response to Governor Chris Christie’s Executive Order No. 2 encouraging State agencies to implement “Common Sense Principles” to energize and encourage a competitive economy in order to benefit businesses and ordinary citizens. The Waiver Rule allows DEP to grant exemptions from strict compliance with its environmental regulations when the applicant can demonstrate that one or more of the following are present:

  1. The waiver is necessary to respond to a declared public emergency;
  2. Conflicting rules (between Federal and State agencies or between State agencies) adversely impact a project or prevent the project from proceeding;
  3. Net environmental benefit would be achieved; or
  4. Undue hardship is being imposed by the rule requirement(s).

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