What Helped When You Fell Apart?

Date: Feb 19, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $75

Non-Member Price: $75

Event Code: I143924

Areas of Law: For All Attorneys

Earn up to 6.7 credits! (More Information)




Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq.
Past President, NJSBA
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
Linda A. Mainenti Walsh, Esq.
Chair, NJSBA Women in the Profession Section
Co-chair, NJSBA Lawyer Well-Being Committee
Treasurer, Morris County Bar Association
Linda Mainenti Walsh LLC, Morristown
Maritza Rodriguez, Esq.
Rodriguez Law Firm LLC, Newark


Hon. Maritza Berdote Byrne, JAD
Morris County Superior Court
Hon. Lisa Perez-Friscia
NJ Judiciary
Hon. Laurie C. Poppe, J.S.C.
Ocean County Superior Court
Hon. Esther Salas
United States District Court of New Jersey
Hon. Rukhsanah L. Singh
United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey, Trenton
Hon. Sheila A. Venable
Essex County Superior Court
Christine A. Amalfe, Esq.
First Vice President, NJSBA
Gibbons P.C, Roseland
Justice Rachel Wainer Apter
Supreme Court of New Jersey
Heather J. Baker, Esq.
NJ Judiciary - Supreme Court Clerk's Office
Robin C. Bogan, Esq.
Pallarino & Bogan LLP, Morristown
Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, Esq.
KSBranigan Law P.C., Montclair
Karol Corbin Walker, Esq.
Past President, NJSBA
Kaufman Dolowich, Hackensack
Robyn B. Gigl, Esq.
Dilworth Paxson LLP
is a Partner in Dilworth Paxson LLP in the firm’s Freehold, New Jersey, office. She handles complex litigation including employment law, commercial and business litigation, and white-collar criminal defense, and has more than 30 years of experience in representing clients in state and federal courts in New Jersey.

Ms. Gigl is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association LGBT Rights Section, former Vice Chair of the NJSBA Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, and has been a member of the Association’s Women in the Profession Section and Diversity Committee. Appointed to the New Jersey Transgender Equality Task Force, she has served on the Executive Board of Garden State Equality and the Trans Affirming Alliance, and has been a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement.

Co-author of the chapter “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” in Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace (BNA, 2014), Ms. Gigl has contributed articles to New Jersey Lawyer and the newsletters of the LGBT Rights Section and the Diversity Committee. She has lectured on LGBT employment and discrimination issues for ICLE, the New Jersey Judicial College, the EEOC, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Judicial College, Rutgers University, Kean University and other organizations, and has been interviewed on NPR. Ms. Gigl has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ community, and is the recipient of several other honors. Her first novel, By Way of Sorrow, was released in March of 2021 and her second novel, Survivor’s Guilt, in January 2022.

Ms. Gigl is a graduate of Stonehill College and received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she was a member and Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review.
CJ Griffin, Esq.
Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, Hackensack
Ayesha Krishnan Hamilton, Esq.
Hamilton Law Firm PC, Princeton
Katrina M. Homel, Esq.
New Jersey Education Association, Trenton
Sharmila Jaipersaud, Esq.
President, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Hackensack Meridian Health
Natalya G. Johnson, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Garden State Bar Association
Senior Counsel, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick
Johanna Barba Jones, Esq.
Director, Office of Attorney Ethics, Office of Attorney Ethics, Trenton
Rippi K. Karda, Esq.
Associate General Counsel, Verizon, Basking Ridge
Jessica Lewis Kelly, Esq.
Administrative Office Of The Courts
Jennifer Marino Thibodaux, Esq.
Thomson Reuters, Newark
Anna Noris, Esq.
Lopez Noris LLC, West New York
Jacqueline S. Pena, Esq.
Bowman and Brooke LLP, New Brunswick
Jenna Shapiro, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP, Lawrenceville
Nikki Tierney
Nikki Tierney, Hazlet
Maria P. Vallejo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Hudson County Bar Association
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Albertina Webb, Esq.
Sarno DaCosta Daniello & Maceri, Lanoka Harbor
is an attorney at Hill Wallack, LLP in Red Bank, New Jersey. She concentrates her practice in family law issues including divorce, custody, support, domestic violence, dissolution of domestic partnerships, enforcement or modification of marital agreements, enforcement and/or modification of alimony and child support, emancipation applications, equitable distribution and post-judgment enforcement and modification.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Ms. Webb has been a member of the Family Law Sections/Committees of the New Jersey State, New York State, Middlesex County and Ocean County Bar Associations. President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, she has served on the Family Law Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and several subcommittees, as well as the Monmouth Bar Association’s Family Law and Judicial Selection Committees. Ms. Webb has served as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Middlesex and Ocean Counties and as an Intensive Settlement Panelist in Monmouth County. She has been a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) Matrimonial Committee and has served on the Statewide Domestic Violence Working Group Committee.

The creator of and contributor to the Monmouth and Ocean Family Lawyers blog, Ms. Webb has a regular column in the HBA’s quarterly newsletter entitled "Querida Abby – Dear Abby." She has been published in Divorce Magazine's Frequently Asked Questions feature and has lectured for ICLE and NJAJ.

Ms. Webb received her J.D. from New York Law School, where she was the Section Editor of the Journal of Human Rights.

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division

Lessons from Leaders in the Law on Wellness

There is a type of bravery and courage that cannot always be seen. It's a bravery that you have to choose for yourself. You use it in the little, seemingly insignificant choices and decisions you make each day. You keep making these tiny, good choices over and over until you realize your whole life is different and the hero who saved you is yourself.”
- Brittany Burgunder – Certified Professional Life Coach and bestselling author.

Join us on President’s Day for an important collaboration by the NJSBA’s Lawyer’s Well-Being Committee and the Women in the Profession Section that will strengthen and inspire you personally and professionally.

Legal professionals are used to carrying the burdens of others. As lawyers, we pride ourselves on being strong, fierce advocates and trusted advisors. As judges, we pride ourselves on being esteemed decision-makers. At the same time, we strive to be dependable, responsible family members and friends to the people we love. However, superheroes only exist in make-believe. We are all human and eventually, there comes a time when we are overcome by challenges of our own. How do we pick up the pieces and move ahead when we are the ones who are in despair? What can our accomplished role models teach us about how they were able to continue when faced with devastating circumstances? What helped them when things fell apart?

Spend the day with some of the very best, brightest and most successful members of the New Jersey legal community as they share their insights into resilience and strength. We will learn from them and from each other with a day of insightful conversations, inspirational stories and motivating guidance that will help when facing your own obstacles and that will also enhance our abilities as lawyers, advocates and judges. 

The program will be moderated by NJSBA Immediate Past President and Co-chair of the Lawyer Well-Being Committee Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Lawyer Well-Being Committee Co-chair Maritza Rodriguez and Women in the Profession Chair and Lawyer Well-Being Committee Co-chair Linda Mainenti Walsh.

Please note: Hon. Rachel Wainer Apter's session will be a pre-recorded video.

After the program ends, be sure to stick around for a cocktail and networking reception hosted by the Women in the Profession Section to include Beer and Wine, Mocktails, and light fare. 

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 6.7 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 6.7).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Practice Management Transitional: 6.5
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 5.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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