CLE At the Movies: The Parallels Between Barbie and the Law

Date: Oct 27, 2023 1:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Location: AMC New Brunswick 18, New Brunswick

Member Price: $115

Non-Member Price: $135

Event Code: I136423

Areas of Law: Diversity

Earn up to 2 credits, including 2.0 in Diversity! (More Information)




Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq.
Lawrence Law, LLC, Watchung
Certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is the Managing Member and founder of Lawrence Law in Watchung, New Jersey. She practices in all areas of matrimonial and family law including divorce litigation, mediation and arbitration, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship advice, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She is also a trained collaborative lawyer and divorce mediator, and has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Ms. Lawrence is President of the Academy’s New Jersey Chapter and has been certified by the AAML as a Family Law Arbitrator. She is also a volunteer attorney with the New Jersey State Bar Military Legal Assistance Program, which provides pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or in active duty of the armed forces after September 11, 2001. Past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, she is Past Chair of the NJSBA Family Law Section, has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and is Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association. Ms. Lawrence has served on the District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee and has been a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, she was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a Representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section and has also been a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the American Bar Association. She serves on the Matrimonial Certification Committee that oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process and has been an attorney volunteer at Safe+Sound Somerset.

Ms. Lawrence is a frequent lecturer at divorce and family law programs and has been a senior editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and a member and Barrister of the Central New Jersey American Inns of Court. Ms. Lawrence is a recipient of the Young Lawyers Division Professional Achievement Award, the Carol Murphy Award bestowed by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, and is a 3-time recipient of the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Woman in Somerset County from the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna award and the Saul Tischler Award from the NJSBA Family Law Section in 2023.

Ms. Lawrence received her B.A. from Kean University and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law. While in law school, she was awarded the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Award in addition to serving as the Student Director of the Family Law Clinic.


Linda A. Mainenti Walsh, Esq.
Linda Mainenti Walsh LLC, Morristown
Christina Previte, Esq.
Netsquire, Morristown
Angela Scheck
New Jersey State Bar Association

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Women in the Profession Section

We sell dreams, imagination, and sparkle. And when you think of sparkle, what do you think of next? Female agency."
- Mattel CEO (portrayed by Will Ferrell)

Dive into the social and legal issues posed to attorneys by the movie Barbie with NJICLE! 

The movie Barbie is fun as it is thought-provoking – in the movie, Barbie leaves the fictitious and seemingly “perfect” Barbie Land and ventures into our world. While here, she confronts our issues for the first time (some very serious and raw), including the moral implications of death and decision-making, the tangled web of patriarchy and feminism, the trap of attempted perfection, and the importance of originality in an onslaught of IP.

In the end, the questions presented by the movie challenged and captivated audiences worldwide, the movie has become the third-highest grossing film of all time (and the highest grossing film directed by a woman).

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to tap into the moment and join the discussion – register today to watch one of the most thought-provoking films in recent memory (Barbie) and attend our all-star corresponding panel discission.

See The Movie With Us, Then Hear From Our Experts – How It Works

If you haven’t seen the movie, we will have a showing at AMC on Route 1 in New Brunswick, which is only a few miles from the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Then, come to the Law Center or Zoom in on a discussion on how the themes and content of the movie relate to women in the legal profession. Lunch will be served for everyone who comes to the Law Center. Plus, we will have a prize drawing for everyone at the Law Center who wears pink!

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Barbie movie showing at AMC Theatres Rt. 1 in New Brunswick (no CLE credit)
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. - Lunch and CLE Discussion at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick and on Zoom 

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2 hours of total CLE credit, including 2.0 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Advanced Diversity: 2.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.5
$8.00 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program


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