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2011  Cited as Living Legend, Essex County College & Garden State Bar Association
2005  Oliver Randolph Award, Garden State Bar Association
2001  Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law & Garden State Bar Association
1991  African-American Mother of the Year, New York Carib News
1988  Who's Who Among American Law Students
1988-89, 1986-87, 1985-86 Elected Evening Class Representative of the Student Bar Association of Rutgers School of Law - Newark
1980  White House Conference on Small Business, Elected Delegate and Vice Chair of the New Jersey Delegation
1979  Cited as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America
1978  Social Activist Award, New York State Social Action Institute, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.



American Bar Association; Section on Dispute Resolution

Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association; Managing Editor, BESLA BULLETIN (1996 -1998)

Garden State Bar Association; President (2001-2002); Board of Trustees (1995-2003)

National Bar Association; Board of Governors (2002-2003); Elections/Voting Rights Task Force (2000-2001); ADR Section

New Jersey State Bar Association; Executive Committee Liaison, Labor & Employment Section

New York Association of Black Women Attorneys

New York State Bar Association

Affirmative Action Review Council, East Orange, NJ (Former Member)
American Personnel and Guidance Association (Former Member)
Business Ownership for Minority Women Conference, Steering Committee (1979)
Center for Creative Education Advisory Board (1978-1980)
Civil Service Changes Coalition, Vice Chairperson (1974-1980)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter
Essex County College, Cooperative Education Advisory Board (1978-1980)
Friendly Fuld Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Board of Trustees (Former Member)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, Board of Directors (1981-91); Treasurer, 1987-1989
Pamela C. Torres Day Care Center, Bronx, NY
United Way of Essex and West Hudson, Community Planning and Development Committee (1978 -1980)
Central YMCA, Inc., Orange, NJ, Board of Managers (Former Member)
YWCA of Montclair and North Essex, Board of Directors (Former Member)


“New Jersey’s Issue With Race”, Journal of Law and Social Challenges, University of San Francisco School of Law, 5 J.L. & Soc. Challenges 33 (Summer 2003).

“Testimony Before the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee Special Investigation Into Racial Profiling”, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, 209 N.J. Law. 44 (2001).

“Email, Vmail and Surfing the Net: If It’s Personal...Don’t Leave Home To Do It!  (And If You Want To Leak It...Blow the Whistle in the Right Place)”.  New Jersey: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1999.

“The National Urban League School-to-Work Five City Affiliate Profiles”. New York: National Urban League, Inc., 1997.

“So You’ve Just Signed a Multimillion Dollar Athletic Contract.  Are You Rich? Maybe.” BESLA BULLETIN.  New Jersey: Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Spring and Summer Editions 1996.

“A Community Remembers”. Blacks in New Jersey - 1983: Perspectives on Mount Laurel II. New Jersey:  New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, 1983.

"Employment". Blacks in New Jersey: 1981 Report. New Jersey: New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, 1981.

“Minority Business Development”. Blacks in New Jersey: 1981 Report. New Jersey: New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, 1981.

“Employment". Blacks in New Jersey: 1980. New Jersey: New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, 1980.

"Minority Business Development". Blacks in New Jersey: 1980. New Jersey: New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, 1980.


Panelist, Choosing a Mediator: What Criteria Should You Use?, National Employment Lawyers Association - NJ, New Brunswick, NJ, April 2, 2014

Presentor, 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments & You: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, NJ Women             Lawyers Association, Garden State Bar Association, Hon. Anne E. Thompson American Inn of Court, New Brunswick, NJ, February 24, 2011.

Presentor, Racial Profiling and its Impact on Seat Belt Enforcement, Leadership Institute for Mayors, National Conference of Black Mayors,

     Miami Beach, FL, December 13, 2002.

Panelist, Law and Public Safety and the Black Community, 20th Anniversary New Jersey Black Issues Convention, East Brunswick, NJ,

     October 4, 2002.

Testimony before the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee, Proposed Consent Search Legislation, Trenton, NJ, May 9, 2002.

Panelist, Forum on Racial Profiling, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, February 19, 2002.

Panelist, Racial Profiling After 9/11, New York Association of Black Women Attorneys and Metropolitan Black Bar Association, U.S. District Court         for the Southern District of New York, New York, NY, February 13, 2002.

Testimony before the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee Special Investigation on Racial Profiling, Trenton, NJ, April 9, 2001.

Panelist, Employment Torts: It Ain’t Just Discrimination!, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey,

     June 12, 1999

Panelist, Legal Briefing - Protect Your Neck, City of Dreams ‘98 Music and Urban Fashion Seminar, New York, NY, June 21, 1998.

Panelist, Management Contracts, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Legal Series, New York, NY, November 14, 1996.

Presentation, Governance Documents - What They Are, How They Fit, Before National Urban League (NUL) Council of Board Chairpersons                     Executive Committee Special Training, New Orleans, LA, March 18, 1989.

Presentation, Impact of "Richmond v. Croson" on Minority Business Set-Asides, Before NUL Council of Executives, Executive Committee Meeting,         New Orleans, LA, March 18, 1989.

Presentation, The Non-Profit Sector's Role in Economic Development, 13th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference, The Wharton                 School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 1987.

Testimony before New Jersey Senate Legislative Oversight Committee on State Response to Mount Laurel II Supreme Court Decision, Trenton, NJ,           October 18, 1983.

Presentation, NUL Older Worker Employment Program, Before Mid-Winter Meeting of AFL- CIO Executive Committee, Bal Harbour, FL,                       January, 1981.

Presentation, NUL Older Worker Employment Program, Before NUL Commerce and Industry Council, Equitable Life Assurance Society, New York,        NY, November, 1980.

Testimony on Assembly Bill A-1675, Civil Service Reform Act Before New Jersey Assembly State Government, Federal and Interstate Relations and        Veterans Affairs Committee, Trenton, NJ, February 5, 1979.

Presentor, NUL Office of Program Development and Training Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September, 1978.

Presentor, Youth Career Development Project Staff Orientation Seminar, National Urban League, New York, NY, April 24-26, 1978.

Moderator and Introductory Address, Economic Development and Employment Forum, United Way of Essex and West Hudson, Newark, NJ,

    October 31, 1977.


United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and NGO Forum, Durban, 

         South Africa - August 28 - September 7, 2001

         Delegate of National Council of Negro Women/Garden State Bar Association

State Visit of His Holiness John Paul II to Republic of Cuba – January 20 - 26, 1998

          Member of Accompanying Delegation of the Archdiocese of New York/Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center, Inc.

Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Inc. Annual Conferences – 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000; Aruba; Mexico; Puerto Rico;

         St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

         Member and Conference Participant

Mid-Winter Meeting of National Urban League and Council of Executives – December, 1987

         Nassau, The Bahamas

         Conference Program Coordinator




United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:

          Committee on Judicial Appointments to the Race & Ethnicity Commission of the

          United States Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts, 1996 - 1997

United States District Court, District of New Jersey:

          Hurricane Sandy Mediator, 2014

          Certified Federal Mediator, Term 2000 - Present

Supreme Court of New Jersey:

          Disciplinary Review Board, Term 2018 - 2021; 2021 - 2024

          Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, Term 2002 – 2004; 2004 – 2007;

          2007 – 2009; 2009 – 2011; 2011 - 2013

          District VC Fee Arbitration Committee, Term 2000 - 2004; Vice Chair, 2002 - 2003; Chair, 2003 - 2004

          Committee on Minority Concerns, Term 2000 – 2002; 2002 - 2004

          District VC Ethics Committee, Term 1995 – 1999

Superior Court of New Jersey:

          Condemnation Commissioner, Essex Vicinage, 2003 – Present

           R. 1:40 Qualified Mediator, Roster of New Jersey Court-Approved Civil Mediators (2013)

State of New Jersey:

          Amistad Commission, Term 2002 – 2004

City of New York:

          Panel Member, New York City Contract Dispute Resolution Board, Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) (2011)

American Arbitration Association:

          New York and New Jersey Super Storm Sandy Mediator (2013)

          Member, National Roster of Neutrals (2009-2015)

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA):

           Arbitrator, Dispute Resolution Roster (2015)

National Bar Association:

          Member, Certified Panel of Arbitrators (2011)

          Member, Certified Panel of Mediators (2012)

Table Facilitator, Talking Transition Town Meeting [An Open Conversation about NYC's Future], New York City, November 23, 2013                

Cooperating Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 1999 - Present

Cooperating Attorney, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2000 – Present




Admitted to Practice Law                         Admitted to Practice Law 
Supreme Court of New Jersey                  U. S. District Court, District of New Jersey
June, 1990                                                 June, 1990
Admitted to Practice Law                         Admitted to Practice Law     
Appellate Division of                                U.S. District Courts
Supreme Court of New York                    Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
June, 1990                                                 August, 1990

REPORTED OPINIONS  (Selected Listing), LLC v. New York City Office of Emergency Management, OATH Index No. 2003/22, mem. dec. (Sept. 1, 2023). (Panel Member, NYC Contract Dispute Resolution Board) (Petition denied because contractor failed to show that its contract was improperly terminated after default; contractor also not entitled to any other compensation as set forth in termination clause.)


Brief of New York-Licensed Nonresident Attorneys as Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiff-Appellee, 2012 WL 1495270 (April 30, 2012), Schoenefeld v. State of New York, 748 F.3d 464 (2d Cir. 2014) (No. 11-4283); 23 N.Y.3d  941, 987 N.Y.S.2d  593 (2014); Amici Curiae Brief of New York-Licensed Non-Resident Attorneys In Support of Respondent (Jan. 15, 2015); 25 N.Y.3d 22 (2015)Schoenefeld v. Schneiderman, 821 F.3d 273 (2d Cir. Apr. 22, 2016) (No. 11-4283-cv), cert. denied, 581 U.S. __, 137 S. Ct. 1580 (U.S. Apr. 17, 2017) (No. 16-780). (Signatory as Amicus Curiae) (NY Judiciary Law §470, Office Requirement Only for Non-Resident Attorneys, Deemed Constitutional)


J.A. Lee Construction, Inc. v. Dep’t of Parks & Recreation, OATH Index No. 2329/14, mem.dec. (Oct. 14, 2014). (Panel Member, NYC Contract Dispute Resolution Board) (Petition seeking extra compensation for soil stabilization work dismissed because contractor waived its claim in request for extension of contract time; even if not waived, claim would be denied on merits because contractor was responsible for soil stabilization work)


Calcedo Construction Corp. v. Dep’t of Homeless Services, OATH Index No. 345/12, mem.dec. (Mar. 1, 2012). (Panel Member, NYC Contract Dispute Resolution Board) (Petition seeking extra compensation in construction contract dispute denied; delay damages outside Board’s jurisdiction)


Foster et al. v. City of Trenton Housing Authority and Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Local 1040 v. City of Trenton Housing Authority, PERC NO. 2009-17 and OAL Docket No. CSV-6386-07 (2008).  (Attorney for Housing Authority) (Layoff of employees was justified; unfair practice complaint dismissed)


In the Matter of Tenure Hearing of Warren Jones, School District of City of Trenton, Comm’r of Education Decision No. 403-08 (Sept. 29, 2008). (Attorney for School District at Administrative Law Hearing) (Termination of teacher’s employment for inefficiency upheld)


Brief of Amici Curiae on Behalf of a Committee of Concerned Black Graduates of ABA Accredited Law Schools, et al. in Support of Respondents, 2003 WL 554393 (Feb. 19,  2003), Grutter v. Bollinger, et al., 539 U.S. 306, 123 S.Ct. 2325 reh’g denied, 539 U.S. 982, 124 S.Ct. 35 (2003). (Signatory as Amicus Curiae) (Affirmative action in higher education school admission constitutional if race is narrowly tailored and one factor in admission)


South Camden Citizens in Action v. N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, 274 F.3d 771 (3rd Cir. 2001). (Attorney for Amicus Curiae Garden State Bar Association) (Court determined no private right of action under EPA Title VI to address environmental disparate impact on minority communities)


Page v. Bartels, 144 F. Supp. 2d 346 (D.N.J. 2001). (Attorney for Amicus Curiae Garden State Bar Association and Local Counsel for Amici Curiae NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., National Bar Association and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) (First redistricting litigation in the United States after the 2000 census)


Association for Fairness in Business, Inc. v. State of New Jersey, 193 F.R.D. 228 (D.N.J. 2000). (Facilitated participation of 10 minority businesses and trade associations as Defendants - Intervenors in challenge to New Jersey MBE/WBE set-aside in Casino Control Act)


Hall v. City of Camden Police Department, 335 N.J. Super. 45 (App. Div. 2000). (Attorney for City at Administrative Law Hearing) (Police officer termination for theft and attempted bribery upheld)


Green v. City of Plainfield, 1998 WL 668658 (N.J. Admin.). (Attorney for City) (Employee termination for drug use upheld)


Dowling v. State Operated School District of the City of Jersey City, 95 N.J.A.R. 2d 603 (1995).  (Attorney for School District) (Demotions in lieu of layoffs deemed not in bad faith)


Winston v. State Operated School District of the City of Jersey City, 94 N.J.A.R. 2d 320 (1994).  (Attorney for School District) (Appellant’s appeal dismissed for failure to perfect)


In the Matter of City of Camden and Local 788, International Association of Firefighters, 20 N.J.P.E.R.  ¶ 25016 (1993). (Attorney for City) (Partial payment of overtime arbitrable)


Winston v. State Operated School District of the City of Jersey City, 94 N.J.A.R. 2d 41 (1993). (Attorney for School District)

(Psychologist’s termination upheld; tenure not achieved by including 60-day termination notice period to accumulated employment time)


In the Matter of Monmouth Regional Board of Education and Monmouth Regional Education Association, 20 N.J.P.E.R.  ¶ 25009 (1993). (Attorney 

for School Board) (Unit determination pursuant to petition for certification of public employee representative)


In the Matter of City of Atlantic City and IBT Local 331, 19 N.J.P.E.R. ¶ 24237 (1993).  (Attorney for City) (PERC refused to issue complaint pursuant to union’s unfair practice charge respecting addition of pay period)


Capone v. State Operated School District of the City of Jersey City, Hudson County, 93 N.J.A.R. 2d 395 (1993). (Attorney for School District) (No showing that employee terminated in bad faith at end of working test period)


In the Matter of State-Operated School District for the City of Jersey City, Hudson County and Jersey City Education Association, 19 N.J.P.E.R. ¶    

24078 (1993). (Attorney for School District) (Restraint of binding arbitration granted where issue of abolishment of position is question of education law)  


In the Matter of City of Camden and International Association of Firefighters, 19 N.J.P.E.R.  ¶ 24008 (1992). (Attorney for City) (Out of title assignments permissively negotiable)




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