An article written by Partner Dina M. Mastellone and Paralegal Amanda Frankel entitled, “The Agony and The Ecstasy of Law Office Staffing,” was recently featured in GPSolo, the magazine of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, in the July/August 2017 Edition. The article explores the critical topic of hiring law firm staff and provides practical insights on how to legally and effectively land the right candidates.
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Ms. Mastellone is Chair of the Human Resource Training & Audit Programs Group and a Partner in the Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group.
Joseph A. Bottitta, Ethics Counsel to the Firm, has been appointed to serve on the recently formed Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination. A Law360 article announcing formation of the committee stated that it “has been formed to “to study the possibility of using the National Conference of Bar Examiner test, which will “significantly affect” New Jersey bar exam applicants because about half of them also test in New York, according to a statement from the New Jersey Judiciary on Wednesday.”
“The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering replacing the state’s existing bar examination with a standardized version of the test, a measure that was adopted in New York this year and would allow those who pass to practice in other states that use the test.”
Mr. Bottitta, former President of the New Jersey State Bar Association and Essex County Bar Association, has also been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions to review the recent American Bar Association (ABA) amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and standards for admission to practice law for attorneys from other jurisdictions.
Joseph Bottitta, of Counsel to the Firm, is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Business Law & Commercial Transactions, and Alternate Dispute Resolution and Trusts and Estates Practice Groups.
Partner Rebecca Moll Freed was recently featured in an American Bar Association Magazine article entitled, “Women Flex into Success” The article focuses on attorneys from across the country who have achieved success while working on flexible schedules. When asked what guidance she would provide to attorneys who are interested in flex-time, Ms. Freed said, “When you work a flexible schedule, you can achieve a lot, but it can take you longer.” The key is continuing to seek feedback. “It’s always hard to ask, ‘What do I need more of’ and not be afraid of the answer.” But you need to find out the benchmarks and where you need more experience, and that requires a dialogue.” Achieving your goals also requires being flexible-just like your work schedule. “I was brought up to believe you can do and be anything and not to let anybody tell you differently.”
Ms. Freed is Director of the Corporate Political Activity Law and the Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group. She is also a member of the Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Freed served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative from 2013 to 2015.