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Aaron Kleinbaum

Legal Director, Eastern Environmental Law Center

Aaron Kleinbaum is the Legal Director of the Eastern Environmental Law Center.  EELC is a non-profit public interest environmental law firm, located in Newark, New Jersey, working on behalf of community, environmental justice and conservation organizations to protect public health, open space, wildlife, and the natural heritage of the eastern United States.

Aaron’s varied background includes roles as an environmental, health/safety (EHS) & sustainability executive and lawyer with public agency, private law firm and corporate in-house positions. He is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey and member of the bar in New Jersey, New York, the District Court of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York. His career grew along with major shifts in public EHS policy from command and control regulation to sustainability and environmental justice concerns. Aaron attended the Rutgers Law School–Newark.  Aaron worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency in New York City, and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.  Also, Aaron’s private law practice covered a wide range of environmental issues including advice to public and private clients in litigation and other compliance and transactional matters.  Before joining EELC in 2012, Aaron served the Ingersoll Rand Company as the Vice President of EHS & Deputy General Counsel.


Ana Baptista

Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program, The New School for Public Engagement

Ana is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. She was most recently the Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Regional Plan Association where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of issues ranging from climate change to greenspace preservation across the New York metropolitan region. Prior to RPA, Ana was the Director of Environmental and Planning programs for the Ironbound Community Corporation for over seven years. At ICC she oversaw a wide range of environmental justice, community development and community based planning and research projects in her native Ironbound community in Newark, New Jersey. Ana grew up in the Ironbound where she was part of the environmental justice struggles that later shaped her professional and academic interests. Ana completed her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey where she studied state level environmental justice policy implementation across the country. Prior to her doctoral research Ana was a Senior Environmental Planner for the State of Rhode Island’ Department of Environmental Management and she also served as a legislative liaison to Senator John Chafee. She received her Master’s degree from Brown University in Environmental Studies and has an undergraduate degree in Environmental & Evolutionary Biology as well as Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College. Ana was a 2013 Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellow. She is a National Environmental Leadership Fellow, a member of the Coalition for Healthy Ports and a steering committee member of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance. She brings to the New School community a passion for social justice and community driven change. Ana served as an adjunct faculty with The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy from 2009 to 2014 and now serves as a full-time faculty member.


Andrew Kitchenman

Healthcare Writer, NJ Spotlight

Andrew Kitchenman has covered New Jersey state and local government, as well as its business community, for more than 10 years. As a reporter at NJBIZ and The Times of Trenton, he has written articles about health insurance, hospitals, and how federal healthcare laws affect New Jersey residents and businesses. At The Times, he cowrote a series focusing on the effects of toxic lead on Mercer County residents. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Anne L.H. Studholme

Of Counsel, Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill & Strauchler, P.A.
Anne L. H. Studholme is a litigator with over 20 years of experience in both trial and appellate courts at all levels, state and federal. Her practice emphasizes complex land use matters: subdivision and site plan applications, redevelopment, hearings and appeals, affordable housing and COAH, disability rights, Fair Housing Act matters, and RLUIPA (religious land use cases).She litigates environmental contamination disputes, commercial transactions, class actions, civil RICO matters, fraud, consumer fraud,  and mortgage fraud cases. She represented a nationwide consortium of disability-rights organizations as amici curiae in an appellate case of first impression, Betancourt v. Trinitas Hospital.Anne represents her clients in court and before administrative agencies, and before municipal land use boards and governing bodies statewide.

Anne was born in Princeton, New Jersey, where she currently resides with her family. She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She spent a year at Duke University as a Visiting Scholar in Constitutional Law.

Anne is an officer of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Urban Land Institute of Northern New Jersey.

Practice Areas:

  • Land Use and Environmental
  • Complex Litigation
  • Appellate Practice


  • Princeton University, A.B. 1984
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, J.D. 1992
  • Duke University, Visiting Scholar in Constitutional Law, 1992-1993

Bar Admissions: 

  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina (inactive)

  • New Jersey – Superior Court, Appellate Division, and Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Memberships:

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Princeton Bar Association


  • Director, Land Use Section, New Jersey State Bar Association (Secretary, 2013-14)
  • Advisory Committee, Urban Land Institute / Northern NJ



Damon Rich

Planning Director & Chief City Planner, City of Newark

Damon Rich is the Director of the Newark Planning Office (NPO), where he works to make Newark a prosperous, walkable, and environmentally just city. Under his leadership, the NPO’s achievements have included completing the city’s first riverfront parks, launching the Newark Public Art Program, and drafting the first comprehensive update to the city’s zoning regulations in over 50 years. Prior to this his positions included founder and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public participation in planning and design, and Chief of Staff for Capital Projects at New York City Parks. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for 2006-2007. Damon has taught architecture and planning at schools including Harvard University, Cooper Union, and Syracuse University. His architectural design work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited internationally. Damon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey.


Dana Wefer

Housing Authority Board Chairperson, Hoboken Housing Authority

Dana Wefer is an attorney and Chairperson of the Hoboken Housing Authority (“HHA”). She has served in various appointed and elected volunteer civic positions since she was 18 years old. Currently, as Chair of the Hoboken Housing Authority, Ms. Wefer is an advocate for the transparent and effective use of taxpayer dollars to provide stable housing services to low income residents in Hoboken.

In her capacity as Chair of the HHA, Ms. Wefer uncovered millions of dollars in unlawful procurements. Her whistleblowing precipitated an independent audit and HUD procurement review substantiating alarming conditions at the Hoboken Housing Authority and uncovering millions more in unlawful procurements. The almost complete breakdown in procurement practices, preventative maintenance, and inventory control led to deteriorating buildings and a multimillion dollar operating loss. Now Ms. Wefer and the HHA Board are leading the agency out of a crisis by setting policies designed to maximize transparency, secure compliance with all federal and state laws, and provide better services to residents.

As an attorney, Wefer has fought for NJ citizens’ right to political free speech. Ms. Wefer argued, and prevailed in, Mazdabrook Commons Homeowner’s Association, Inc. v. Khan before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mazdabrook established that the free speech right to post political signs in a home window is so fundamental that it cannot be waived- even in a Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions.

Ms. Wefer earned her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Rutgers University, summa cum laude, in 2004. In 2007, she earned her law degree from Rutgers University, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, associate editor of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and a member of the Moot Court Board. During her time in law school, she was selected to be a fellow with the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Ms. Wefer also studied for her M.S. in Biotechnology.

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David B. Drumeler, Esq.

Town Administrator, Town of Secaucus

Mr. Drumeler graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law and was a practicing attorney prior to becoming Chief-of-Staff to the Hudson County Executive.  Mr. Drumeler then went on to serve as Assistant County Administrator for the County of Hudson for six years.  Since 2008, Mr. Drumeler has been the Town Administrator for the Town of Secaucus.


David D. Troutt

Professor of Law and Director, Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity

David Dante Troutt is professor of law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at Rutgers law School-Newark where he also directs the Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity. He teaches tort law, intellectual property and a multidisciplinary approach to racial and economic inequality called metropolitan equity (land use, civil rights, state and local government, housing and poverty law). Troutt practiced law in California and in his native New York City before joining the Rutgers law faculty in 1995. His most recent book, The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America (NYU Press), examines six cultural assumptions that have informed legal rules and public policy across American communities to reveal how they contribute to structural inequality at a time of immense demographic change. Troutt is the author and editor of three other books, The Monkey Suit: Short Fiction on African Americans and Justice (The New Press), After the Fall: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina (The New Press), and a novel, The Importance of Being Dangerous (Amistad/HarperCollins). In addition to books and scholarly articles, he writes frequently on issues of law, race and inequality for a variety of national publications. He is the father of tremendous daughters.


David E. Dauenheimer

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Health Care Fraud Coordinator, Health Care & Government Fraud Unit, United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey

David Dauenheimer is the Civil Health Care Fraud Coordinator in the Health Care & Government Fraud Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where he is responsible for civil investigations of health care fraud offenses, including violations of the False Claims Act and other federal law. Additionally, Mr. Dauenheimer coordinates the handling of all health care qui tam (or whistleblower) cases filed in the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Dauenheimer joined the United States Attorney’s Office in March 2008, having previously served as a Senior Litigation Counsel handling appellate and class action matters in the Office of Immigration Litigation at the Department of Justice. Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 2002, Mr. Dauenheimer served for seven years with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army, where he was a criminal prosecutor, claims attorney, deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Guard, and was selected to be the Army liaison to the Department Justice’s Tort Branch where he served as a trial attorney for two years.

Mr. Dauenheimer received his JD from the University of Colorado, Boulder School of Law, and his BA in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College, Easton PA.

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David N. Kinsey, PhD, FAICP, NJPP

Kinsey & Hand, Princeton University

David N. Kinsey is planner who specializes in affordable  housing planning for public, private, and nonprofit clients. He has been active in Mount Laurel litigation and implementation since the 1970s, as a state official, special master for trial judges, expert for public interest and builder plaintiffs, municipal planner, and advocate. Kinsey has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University since 1998, where he teaches land use policy and planning, affordable housing, and planning theory. Kinsey is a co-author of Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable  Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb, awarded the Paul Davidoff Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2013. Earlier in his career, Kinsey was Director of the Division of Coastal Resources in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He holds an A.B. in Government-Architecture from Dartmouth College and M.P.A.U.P. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University


Dr. Nicky Sheats

Center for the Urban Environment, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison Sate College

Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq., is currently the director of the Center for the Urban Environment of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State College, which provides support for the environmental justice (EJ) community on both a state and national level. Among the issues he is working on are particulate matter air pollution, climate change, cumulative impacts, developing EJ legal strategies and increasing the capacity of the EJ community to address these and other issues.


Sheats is a founding member of the NJ EJ Alliance, the EJ Leadership Forum on Climate Change and the EJ and Science Initiative. He has been appointed to the NJ Clean Air Council, EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and the National EJ Advisory Council. He was also a co-author of the public health chapter of the National Climate Assessment. Sheats holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University and a law degree, Master of Pubic Policy and Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University. He previously practiced law for almost eight years as a public interest attorney.


Hon William Schluter

Former Senator, State of New Jersey; Former Vice Chairman, State of New Jersey, State Ethics Commission

STATE SENATE: January 1991 to 2002

Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, Chair

Economic Growth, Agriculture and Tourism Committee, Vice Chair

Legislative Oversight Committee, Vice Chair

Ad Hoc Senate Committee on Energy & Environment, Chair (prior)

STATE ASSEMBLY: September 1987 to January 1991

Environmental Quality Committee, Vice Chair

State Government Committee, Member

Select Committee on Land Use Planning, Member

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Senate and Assembly, 1968 – 1974


County and Municipal Government Study Commission

Election Law Revision Commission

New Jersey Historical Commission

New Jersey Citizens Clean Election Commission, Chair – appointed by Gov. Codey

New Jersey State Ethics Commission, Vice Chair – appointed by Gov. Corzine; reappointed by Gov. Christie


Legislative Activities Disclosure Act (Lobby Law)

Optional County Charter Law

New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act

Uniform Recall Election Act

Developer Impact Fee (passed Senate only)


New Jersey Co-Chair- McCain for President 2000

Delegate to Government Ethics Seminar, Sophia, Bulgaria- January 1998

Candidate for Congress – 1976

Republican District Committeeman

District Delegate to 1964 Republican National Convention

Pennington Borough Councilman: 1963 – 1969


Distinguished Public Service Award, New Jersey League of Municipalities, November 2011

Sarah Fiske Award, Preservation New Jersey – 2002

Princeton Day School, Alumni Service Award – 2002

Co-founder and Co-chair: Citizens for the Public Good – 2000

Frank L. Oliver New Jersey Environmental Protection Award 1999

Distinguished Citizen Award- Geo. Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America 1998

New Jersey Agricultural Society, Trustee


Graduated from Princeton University with honors in economics, Varsity Hockey team (4 years)

VP and Founding Partner, New Jersey First, Inc., (environmental management firm, 1979-87)

Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson and Rutgers, graduate programs of public administration and

political science- 1977-81

Member, Pennington Presbyterian Church, past deacon and trustee

Married to Nancy Hurd Schluter- six children

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Hon. Burt Ross

Former Mayor of the City of Fort Lee

Burt Ross, the former Mayor of Fort Lee, is best known for turning down and losing money.  At age 28, then the youngest mayor of a decent sized town in the country, Burt was approached by the mafia and offered a $500,000 bribe to use his influence to approve a mammoth real estate development adjacent to the George Washington Bridge. Burt not only turned town the bribe, but as best as we can determine, is the only public official in New Jersey and probably the country who took the additional step of reporting the bribe attempt to the United States Attorney and offering to wear a wire, which he did on three separate occasions. His undercover work led to the conviction of seven defendants in Federal Court.

More recently, Burt was one of a handful of investors who spoke at the sentencing of Bernie Madoff. Burt has been on the cover of New York Magazine, the front page of the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has been a guest on many of the national news shows.  Burt is the subject of book appropriately called “The Bribe” which was recently reissued and can be purchased online. Over three years ago, Burt moved to Malibu, California with Joan, his wife of 32 years and the mother of their two children Kate and Isaac. Burt currently writes a humor column for the Malibu Times.

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Hon. Steven Fulop

Mayor, City of Jersey City

Steven Fulop grew up in Edison, N.J., and later worked at the family’s Newark delicatessen. After college and starting a career at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, he transferred back to New Jersey and bought a home in Jersey City.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Fulop put his job at Goldman Sachs on hold and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq. Upon his return he rejoined Goldman Sachs, and later moved to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. He continued to serve his community, eventually becoming president of both the Historic Paulus Hook Association and the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.

In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in a primary campaign against then-U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez. He drew on that experience in 2005 to make a successful run for Jersey City Council, a victory that made him the youngest elected official on the Jersey City council and the third youngest in the history of Jersey City. He was elected to a second term in 2009.

In 2013, Mr. Fulop was elected mayor of Jersey City, defeating the incumbent. Within his first 100 days in office, he initiated plans to invest nearly $6 million in city parks in 2014, tripling the annual number of parks projects. Making good on a campaign promise to create an environment that would benefit long-term residents by incentivizing development away from the waterfront and into the heart of the city, he implemented a tiered tax abatement policy, the first of its kind in Jersey City, which created a mechanism for future development into parts of Jersey City historically ignored by major developers and development projects.



James Doyle

Team Leader – New York/Caribbean Superfund Branch; Office of Regional Counsel, USEPA Region 2 Office, New York, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Since 2007, Jim has been a lead attorney in the New York Office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Regional Counsel, leading a team of attorneys in enforcement and counselling efforts for the Agency.  He has been with the Agency since 1987, working principally with matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, including pursuing judicial and administrative enforcement and cost recovery actions to settlement or through litigation. Jim participates in various national, EPA policy-making groups related to aspects of CERCLA enforcement.  Jim also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from 1997 through 2010, on a periodic detail from EPA, where he represented the United States in a variety of affirmative and defensive matters.


Jeana Wirtenberg

CEO, Transitioning to Green

Jeana Wirtenberg helps companies and organizations make sustainability a mainstream, routine business practice. She is an expert on the leadership, organizational dynamics, and psychology required to make that happen.

Jeana is President and CEO of Transitioning to Green. Her company develops individual and organizational capacity to make sustainability take root. Working with CEO’s, Presidents and VP’s of Fortune 500 companies, Jeana has helped organizations reach the highest levels of performance excellence by aligning with business strategy.  She has a proven track record of bringing about new levels of organization and individual capability, leadership, cultural transformation and business success.

Jeana is a co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University and teaches at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program. She has held senior organizational, professional, and leadership development positions in major companies–AT&T and the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), as well as in the Federal government at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the National Institute of Education.

Jeana was lead editor on The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together, published in 2008. She was a lead author of Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends and Possibilities, 2007-2017. She has many other publications and studies to her credit.

Jeana graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the City University of New York and earned a Ph.D. in psychology with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Jeanne Herb

Associate Director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jeanne Herb is the Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University where she oversees projects related to environmental policy and sustainability.

Jeanne’s projects include analyzing public policy outcomes of Hurricane Sandy,  providing support to a diverse range of community and state level recovery and policy efforts post-Hurricane Sandy,  developing sustainability, vulnerability, and resiliency planning guidance for communities in New Jersey and New York, assessing effective online strategies and mapping of environmental health data to support community level planning and decision-making in New Jersey, and engaging stakeholders and state level policy makers to support efforts in the Mid-Atlantic for coordinated coastal and ocean planning.

Jeanne worked more than 20 years for the State of New Jersey, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner of Policy, Planning and Science for the Department of Environmental Protection.  She oversaw the agency’s science support programs including work related to environmental health and implementation of the federal Environmental Public Health Tracking Program.  She oversaw multidisciplinary efforts related to Environmental Justice, climate change mitigation and adaptation policy, smart growth including state planning efforts, coastal management and environmental aspects of statewide energy policy.  Jeanne was the founding director of the New Jersey Office of Pollution Prevention and has worked closely with statewide coalitions to craft statutes and regulations related to industrial toxics, climate change, and protection of the New Jersey Highlands.


Jeff Brindle

Executive Director, New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission

Jeffrey M. Brindle’s experience as a regulator, as well as in various governmental and electoral capacities, allows him to bring a rare and broad-ranging perspective to the position of Executive Director.

Executive Director Brindle has authored 20 in-depth, analytical white paper reports on campaign financing and lobbying, many of which had a major influence on legislation. He also has published more than 70 articles in newspapers, magazines, and periodicals, including “Campaigns and Elections,” “The New York Times,” “Politickernj.com,” “NewJerseyNewsroom.com” and “The Star-Ledger.”

As Executive Director, Brindle has worked to reduce the backlog of outstanding enforcement cases and speed up enforcement efforts.

He started the ELEC-Tronic newsletter in 2009 to help expand the agency’s public profile, and has been a major contributor to the 58 issues that have appeared through April 2014.

Brindle has taken several initiatives to enhance ELEC’s basic mission of disclosure. He instituted a database of local political contributions, making New Jersey one of the few states in the nation that provides access to such information. He greatly expanded the number of analytical press releases published on a regular basis by the agency. He also saw to it that more than 400 press releases prepared between 1983 and 2005 were made accessible on the ELEC website.

Annual reports, minutes and advisory opinions dating back to the agency’s creation in 1973 also have been made available to the public through the agency’s website, which, in 2010, was recognized as “Best Official New Jersey Web Site” by the Documents Association of New Jersey.

As Deputy Director, Brindle authored the report on the Clean Elections Pilot Program, prepared several Cost Analysis Reports, and wrote a major report on the Commission’s technological needs.

He also oversaw budgetary and personnel planning and development, participated in public policy development, and engaged in legislative and press relations. He also guided the Commission’s transformation from a manual-based operation to a technological-based one; an effort begun in the 1990’s.

The Executive Director managed governmental offices at various levels and branches of government and brings experience in electoral politics to the position. His academic credentials include a B.A. degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and an M.A. degree in political science from Villanova University. He is also affiliated with the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) as an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department.

Prior to coming to ELEC in 1985, Brindle had been the Director of the Public Information Office at the State Department of Community Affairs, a Legislative Staff Director, Somerset County Deputy County Clerk, New Brunswick Public Information and Complaints Director, and Executive Director of the Union County Chapter of the March of Dimes.

He has also been a candidate for Assembly and a Municipal Chairman. Brindle and his wife Karen have four children.


John D. Fanburg

Managing Member & Chair, Health Law Practice, Brach Eichler LLC

John Fanburg has more than 25 years of experience in health and hospital law, with an emphasis on corporate, transactions and regulatory matters for physicians and health care institutions. His broad experience representing major hospitals, diverse medical groups and statewide physician specialty organizations provides him with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the practice and business of healthcare. He assists health care providers to position themselves to deal with the constantly evolving medical marketplace, particularly health care reform. This includes advising clients about mergers and acquisitions, other business ventures and different health care business arrangements. John provides counsel on strategic alliances and transactions relating to ACOs and medical homes. He also offers guidance on regulatory compliance, corporate compliance, HIPAA, litigation and government investigations.

John received his B.A. from Washington University in 1979 and his J.D., cum laude, from New England School of Law in 1983. He is admitted in New Jersey, New York and before the United States Supreme Court.

His experience includes:


  • Establishing outpatient health care offices, diagnostic imaging facilities and ambulatory surgical centers.
  • Overseeing the establishment and purchase/sale of physician practices, hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Representation of clients in managed care contract negotiations.
  • The development of Medicare and Medicaid corporate compliance programs for physician practitioners.
  • Structuring nonprofit health care providers.
  • Development of managed care networks.
  • Handling fraud and abuse counseling and representation, licensing issues and third-party payment issues.
  • Representation of physician specialty organizations and advantageously using federal reimbursement policies and appeals.


Representation of dental practices, and developing and negotiating dental practice employment agreements. John is the Managing Member of Brach Eichler and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He was noted in Chambers USA in 2012 as “an extremely gifted attorney, particularly in dealing with all of the complexities of the current healthcare situation.” He was also noted for excellence in transactions, perseverance in deal-making and strength in corporate and regulatory matters. He has been selected by his peers as among The Best Lawyers in America and as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. John was also named as the “Newark Area Best Lawyers Health Care Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 and 2012. In 2010 and 2011, John was a finalist for NJBIZ magazine’s “Executive of the Year.” In addition, he has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell. He was named a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. John was appointed in April 2004 by former NJ Governor James McGreevey to serve as a member of New Jersey’s Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Commission.


Jonathan Cloud

Executive Director & Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Serial entrepreneur and nonprofit executive, designer/builder, conservation and renewable energy expert.

Jonathan has been helping catalyze action toward sustainable development in municipalities, communities, and businesses since the early 1970’s. He consults to corporations of all sizes, nonprofits, municipal, state, and national governments, and colleges and universities. His expertise and interests include energy and environmental technologies, community financing mechanisms, local food systems, and renewable energy systems, along with sustainable innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and transformational leadership for social change. Jonathan has been an entrepreneur, consultant, educator, community organizer, policy analyst, journalist and researcher in several fields of environmental and social change. He worked for the Canadian Government in policy, research, program management, and evaluation on energy and environmental issues. Jonathan ran a solar design and construction firm pioneering green building techniques, urban agriculture, and other areas of sustainability, in both Canada and the U.S.

Jonathan is founder of the Sustainable Business Accelerator and serves on the boards of several nonprofits. He is a member of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from York University in Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a dual citizen who has lived and worked in multiple countries under a range of socioeconomic circumstances.

Jonathan is also responsible for developing and proposing legislation regarding small hydro in New Jersey, promoting energy aggregation and PACE programs, and consulting to businesses, communities, and nonprofits on sustainability. He has authored a number of articles and web sites addressing a range of topics, from the science of climate change to the development of new currencies and new communities.


Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr.

Partner, Maraziti Falcon, LLP

Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr., is a Partner at Maraziti Falcon, LLP. He represents both public and private sector clients in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters having local and national significance involving environmental and redevelopment issues. With more than forty years of experience in legal issues related to infrastructure and the environment, Mr. Maraziti is an active leader and driving force in the redevelopment arena and he has been awarded CRE (Counselor of Real Estate) membership. Mr. Maraziti previously served as Chairman of the New Jersey State Planning Commission, which adopted the State Development and Redevelopment Plan in March 2001. In this role, he worked with the Governor’s Cabinet, Counties, local communities and the private sector to ensure that development and redevelopment in the State of New Jersey enhances the quality of life for all citizens. Mr. Maraziti has also testified before subcommittees of the United States House of Representatives as well as Committees of the New Jersey Senate on various redevelopment topics.

Kevin J. Slavin

President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System

Linda J. Schwimmer, JD

Vice President, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

Linda Schwimmer is the Vice President of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The Quality Institute is a non-profit foundation focused on improving the quality and affordability of health care in New Jersey.

Linda is also a member of the board of the Leapfrog Group, a national hospital safety advocacy group that issues the Hospital Safety Score.

Prior to joining the Quality Institute, Ms. Schwimmer was Director of Strategic Relations & External Affairs at Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. There, Schwimmer was on the leadership team that brought Accountable Care Organizations and the largest Patient Centered Medical Home program to New Jersey.

Ms. Schwimmer also served in State Government as Director of Legislation and Policy for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, where she represented the Department’s position before the State Legislature and worked with State and federal officials on priority legislative initiatives impacting the Insurance, Banking and Real Estate industries. Ms. Schwimmer’s experience in State government also includes policy and counsel positions with the Senate Majority Office, where she staffed the Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

Schwimmer also has experience in the federal government, having clerked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and worked as an attorney at the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. For over a decade, Linda was a lawyer in private practice, specializing in bankruptcy and commercial law.

Ms. Schwimmer received a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Lisa Swain

Council Member, Borough of Fair Lawn

Extensive and diversified experience in government, fund raising and event management, and human resources. Background includes:

  • Serving as Mayor, Fair Lawn Council, President of Trustees, Maurice Pine Library and Board member, Fair Lawn Planning Board
  • Organizing and managing national and local fund raising events;
  • Designing, marketing and promoting new products and campaigns.

BOROUGH OF FAIR LAWN, 2008 to present.
Currently serving as Mayor. Served as Deputy Mayor, 2008 to 2010. Accomplishments include negotiating the labor contracts with Police Dept, starting the Green Team, serving on the Planning Board and bringing the first development with solar panels into the borough and overseeing a $45 million budget

RIDGEWOOD YMCA, 2000 to present
Swim instructor and Assistant to the Aquatics Department. Teaching swimming to children and adults. Assist in the scheduling of classes and developing and promoting new programs for swimmers, triathletes and young adults

Manager of Community Campaigns and Events, responsible for $750,000 through national and local events, volunteer activities and individual contributions. Duties included liaising with fund raising groups, individuals, and professional organizations.

Managed a fitness and event management-consulting firm. Served as a National Director for the Save the Children Relay, a series of 20 fund raising relay events held across the country and produced by local volunteers. Also designed and implemented individual and group exercise programs.

FITNESS SYSTEMS, 1989 to 1990
Senior Exercise Specialist, responsible for implementing systems and procedures for corporate fitness centers, including, Citibank and NBC. Duties included: testing and evaluation; designing exercise programs; and supervising group and individual workouts.

SWAIN & SWAIN, INC. , 1987 to 1989 and 1981 to 1985.
Vice President for outplacement consulting programs. Also responsible for designing and implementing promotional campaigns and new business development


M.A., Sport and Fitness Management, New York University 1990

B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester, 1980

Luba Shagawat

LCSW F-NAP, Director of Legislative Affairs, NJSCSW- CSW Guild 49

Luba Shagawat has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in  practice in Wayne, NJ for almost 30 years.  However, clinical social work is not her first profession.  In her late twenties, she ran an import/export business soon after President Nixon opened trade with China.  This is where she first learned about the intricacies of business, international affairs, marketing and economics.

In the 80’s, Luba decided that social work was her calling, but also saw the value of multidisciplinary approaches to treatment, gained an understanding of the legal systems that govern different settings and recognized, first hand, the importance of coalition building.

Nationally, she represents the Clinical Social Work Guild (CSWG) at the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), which is a Washington, DC based national organization composed of representatives from fifty six (56) national organizations. This group focuses on national legislation that impacts all areas of mental health and its delivery


2011: The Luba Shagawat – Clinical Social Work Scholarship Award was created in honor of the advocacy provided to protect and advance the profession of clinical social workers

2001: Lifetime Achievement Award – presented by the NJ Society for Clinical Social Work

2000: Advocate of the Year – presented by the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work

1998: Dedicated service award – presented by the Clinical Social Work Federation
Pertinent Achievements:
2013: Nominated and inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP)

2012: Filed legal action against Magellan Health Care Services, Inc. due to the violation of a NJ statute.  The oral arguments were heard September 20, 2012 at the appellate court of NJ.

2012: As Director of Legislative Affairs for the NJSCSW, is currently in the process of developing a coalition to address the issue of “medical necessity”.

2011: Succeeded in lobbying for A-132 in New Jersey.   This bill passed and forces insurers to honor the patient’s request to honor the assignment of benefit directly to the clinician.

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Mark J. Magyar

NJ Spotlight

bio coming soon


Matthew Boxer

Partner & Chair, Corporate Investigations and Integrity Practice, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

As Chair of Lowenstein Sandler’s Corporate Investigations and Integrity practice, Matt Boxer applies his public service experience in representing private clients in government and internal investigations. Matt is widely recognized for his impressive track record of leading fair and effective government investigations while serving for six years as New Jersey State Comptroller.

As New Jersey’s first independent State Comptroller, Matt oversaw a staff of more than 130 employees responsible for auditing government finances, examining the efficiency of government programs, investigating misconduct by government officers, scrutinizing the legality of government contracts and recovering improperly expended Medicaid funds. In that role, Matt and his staff produced a steady body of work that uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in waste of taxpayer funds. The work of the office resulted in multiple new remedial state laws and was applauded by media outlets throughout the state.

Matt also has extensive litigation experience, having tried numerous cases to verdict and as a Federal prosecutor led the successful prosecution of numerous public officials on corruption charges. Among them were the “Monmouth 11,” a group that included three sitting mayors, four sitting councilmen and a police commissioner, making it one of the largest single-day corruption takedowns in state history.

Prior to his 2008 appointment as State Comptroller, Matt spent two years directing the state Authorities Unit, where he monitored independent agencies including the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Economic Development Authority. From 2001 to 2006, as a federal prosecutor, Matt served in the terrorism unit, the criminal division and the special prosecutions division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prior to his public service roles, Matt spent four years as an attorney with Lowenstein Sandler, litigating criminal and complex civil cases with an emphasis on securities fraud.

Representative Experience

  • Matt’s accomplishments as New Jersey State Comptroller include the following:
  • Conducted audits and investigations throughout New Jersey, across all levels of state, county and local government.
  • Led audits and investigations that found more than $100 million in Medicaid fraud each year in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and pursued and achieved recovery of those funds for taxpayers.
  • Identified cases throughout the state in which local governments wrongfully included contractors in the state pension system. In response to the report, Governor Christie, in August 2013, signed an executive order to create a Pension Fraud and Abuse Unit.
  • Led an audit that uncovered $43 million in waste at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The audit found, for example, public toll dollars being used to pay for an employee bowling league and for unnecessary employee bonuses such as for shoveling snow and for working on a birthday.
  • Oversaw an audit that focused on four government entities and found that none had properly evaluated their options for health care coverage and that, had they done so, they would have saved more than $12 million.
  • Discovered that more than 20,000 inmates in New Jersey’s jails and prisons were improperly paid nearly $24 million in benefits from government programs over a 22-month period.

Other Distinctions

  • Included in Politicker NJ’s “Power List” of the “100 most powerful political players in New Jersey” (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Recipient of the Byron M. Baer Memorial Award for public service (2011)
  • Member, Gubernatorial Transition Team, Governor-Elect Chris Christie (2009)
  • Board Member, NJ Transit (2006 – 2007)
  • Received commendations for his work as a federal prosecutor (2001-2006) from several federal agencies, including the FBI and the IRS
  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee (2000 – 2001)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Citizens Campaign Call to Service: Jersey City Summit, June 14, 2014
  • Speaker, “Ethical issues that Arise in Internal Investigations,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association Spring Reception, May 20, 2014
  • Speaker, “Current Issues in Government and Internal Corporate Investigations”, IIA Fraud Conference, May 14, 2014
  • Matt has been a keynote speaker, lecturer or panelist at dozens of events and seminars sponsored by such organizations as the Citizens Campaign, the New Jersey Society of Public Accountants, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government and Rutgers University.
  • Matt has also appeared as a featured guest on television shows such as “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” (Fox News), “Good Day NY” (Fox) and “New Jersey Now” (WOR), as well as on radio stations such as WCBS 880 and NJ101.5.


  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1995), Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Princeton University (B.A., 1992), Politics, magna cum laude

Articles/Interviews Featuring Matthew Boxer

  • Matthew Boxer was quoted in Inside Counsel regarding the need for companies to establish credibility with regulators and maintain an effective compliance program. Inside Counsel, July 24, 2014
  • Former NJ Comptroller Matthew Boxer Rejoins Lowenstein Sandler to Lead Corporate Investigations and Integrity Practice January 27, 2014
  • In Bloomberg News, Today’s General Counsel, New Jersey Law Journal, Wall Street Journal, The Star Ledger, PolitickerNJ, NJBiz, Law360 and The National Law Journal, Matthew Boxer is mentioned as rejoining Lowenstein Sandler LLP. Bloomberg News, Today’s General Counsel, New Jersey Law Journal, Wall Street Journal, The Star Ledger, PolitickerNJ, NJBiz, Law360, The National Law Journal, January 2014
  • Editorial on Matthew Boxer: New Jersey’s alpha watchdog Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 2014
  • Editorial on Matthew Boxer: Matthew Boxer, who uncovered millions in waste and corruption, leaves today Newark Star Ledger, January 17, 2014
  • Editorial on Matthew Boxer: A taxpayers’ TKO from this Boxer South Jersey Times, January 10, 2014
  • Editorial on Matthew Boxer: N.J. Comptroller Matthew Boxer deserves praise for outstanding investigatory work Trenton Times, December 26, 2013
  • Matthew Boxer quoted in, Agency finds overbilling in Shore cleanup. Philadelphia Inquirer, September 11, 2013
  • Matthew Boxer mentioned in, Tax Shift in Jersey City; New Mayor Aims to Attract Development to Less Saturated Neighborhoods Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2013
  • Matthew Boxer mentioned in, State unit to investigate pension, disability fraud The Star-Ledger, August 8, 2013
  • Matthew Boxer profiled in, N.J. Comptroller Matthew Boxer not afraid to take on the state’s power brokers The Star-Ledger, July 28, 2013


  • “Federal Circuit Court Clarifies the Scope of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Corporate Investigations,” Matthew Boxer, Steven Llanes, Corporate Investigations and Integrity Client Alert, July 8, 2014
  • “Federal District Court Limits the Ability of Companies to Preserve the Confidentiality of Findings of Internal Investigations Not Conducted by Counsel,”       Matthew Boxer, Nari Wang, Corporate Investigations and Integrity Client Alert, April 9, 2014
  • “Protecting the Integrity of Local Planning Decisions,” Matthew Boxer, New Jersey Municipalities, May 2013
  • “Best Practices for Awarding Service Contracts,” Matthew Boxer, New Jersey Municipalities, June 2010
  • “Boosting Efficiency at All Levels of Government,” Matthew Boxer, New Jersey Municipalities, October 2008
  • “Circuits Split over the Reform Act’s Impact on Scienter Requirement in Securities Fraud Cases,” Matthew Boxer, New Jersey Law Journal, 1999
  • “Congress Nails Door Shut on State Court Securities Class Actions,” Matthew Boxer, New Jersey Law Journal, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Matthew Testa

LEED AP, Director of Construction, Bijou Properties

Matt Testa manages all aspects of building design and construction for Bijou Properties. He is the organization’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional, helping anchor the company’s focus on sustainable development practices. He also coordinates the firm’s marketing and networking initiatives. Since graduating from Lehigh University in 2002 with a B.A. in architectural design and a minor in graphic communications, Mr. Testa has worked across all facets of the real estate management industry, including project supervision, construction management, and design development, most recently as a project executive for the Fields Development Group.


Maura E. Blau

Counsel, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP

Ms. Blau counsels clients on a broad range of environmental and energy related matters. Her work encompasses environmental assessments and due diligence for complex real estate transactions and public-private partnerships, regulatory interpretation and compliance under ISRA and other environmental statutes, air and water permitting requirements, contaminated site remediation and brownfield redevelopment under New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act and LSRP program, and underground storage tank issues. She works closely with environmental consultants and engineers to identify potential environmental risks, and in the preparation of technical reports and regulatory submissions.

Ms. Blau has a longstanding interest and particular practice focus with respect to alternative energy, sustainable building initiatives and climate change issues. Her experience includes solar energy and cogeneration/combined heat and power (CHP) projects. She closely follows related legislative and regulatory developments at the state, federal and global levels, and played a role in crafting the New Jersey Energy Master Plan as an engineer with the former NJ Department of Energy.

Ms. Blau has degrees in environmental science and mechanical engineering as well as law, a background which enables her to understand environmental and energy related issues, building operational systems and the tools of sustainability from the technical detail perspective.  She assists clients with the task of interpreting complex technical data and is able to coordinate the efforts of multidisciplinary teams to achieve project objectives.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted University Counsel at Montclair State University in the evaluation of environmental issues and associated environmental contract provisions related to the University’s development of a new cogeneration facility and the cessation of existing cogeneration operations.

Uniquely NJ

  • Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Section
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Special Committee on Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Climate Change
  • Member, NJDEP Site Remediation Program Steering Committee
  • Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of Essex County, Inc.
  • Former Editor, New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Section newsletter
  • Former Treasurer, Women Lawyers of Union County
  • Former Master, Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court

Paula A. Franzese

Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Professor Paula Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, is one of the country’s leading experts in property law as well as government ethics. She has spearheaded ethics reform initiatives on behalf of three governors, serving as Special Ethics Counsel to Governor Richard Codey, Chair of the State Ethics Commission, Vice-Chair of the Election Law Enforcement Commission and as ethics advisor to state and local governments across the country, including Mayor Cory Booker’s administration in Newark. In 2014, Professor Franzese was appointed Vice-Chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions.

The author of numerous publications, her scholarship in the area of Property Law includes critical examination of common interest communities, homeowners associations and the dilemma of privatization, the law of servitudes, exclusionary zoning, affordable housing, adverse possession doctrine and takings law. She joined in the submission to the U.S. Supreme Court of an amicus brief in the Kelo Case, and has written and presented on takings law reform. She has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a highly coveted honor, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Sir Thomas More Medal of Honor, the YWCA Woman of Influence Award, the Women Lawyers Association’s Trailblazer Award, and the State Bar Foundation’s Medal of Honor. Most recently, in 2013 she received the Woman of Achievement Award from the NJ Federation of Women’s Clubs.  In 2011, she was presented with the National Council on Governmental Ethics Laws(COGEL)Award, the highest form of recognition conferred by the organization, in honor of her “significant,demonstrable and positive contributions to the fields of campaign finance, elections, ethics, freedom of information and lobbying over a significant period of time.” Amongst her groundbreaking initiatives in those arenas, she and Justice Daniel J. O’Hern promulgated the Uniform Ethics Code, a pioneering statutory achievement and a model for national replication.

Professor Franzese is the creator of the acclaimed Short and Happy Guide book series (West Publishing) and is the author of A Short and Happy Guide to Property (2d ed.), A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student and A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student. Excerpts from A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student and A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student can be found at ShortHappyGuide.com. She is the author of Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Property (Aspen), is a contributor to the books America’s Second Gilded Age? Perspectives on Law and Class Differences (NYU Press), The Affective Assistance of Counsel: Practicing Law as a Healing Profession (Carolina Academic Press), and Reaction and Reform in New Jersey (Hall Institute). She co-authored Property Law and the Public Interest (with Callies, Mandelker & Hylton), which expansively explored the public interest dimensions of Property law. She serves on the editorial board of the Land Use and Environmental Law Review, a prestigious peer-reviewed scholarly journal. She has published extensively on the anatomy of ethics reform of state and local government, and in the areas of law teaching and attorney professionalism.

Nationally renowned for her excellence in law teaching, a new book names Professor Franzese one of only 26 “best law teachers in the United States.” The book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013), profiles in detail the pedagogical approach that renders her a “dazzlingly effective model of rigor, hard work, creativity and humility.” Professor Franzese is the unprecedented ten-time recipient of the Student Bar Association’s Professor of the Year Award, has been named “Exemplary Teacher” by the American Association of Higher Education and was ranked the Top Law Professor in New Jersey by the New Jersey Law Journal. She has demonstrated and deconstructed her pedagogical expertise on teaching as both art and science at workshops and colloquia across the country. She is the Gilbert’s “Legend of the Law” in Property (CD series, Lexis) and the national Property lecturer for the BAR/BRI bar review course. She is the past Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods and serves as Vice-Chair of the Legal Education Section of the American Bar Association.

Professor Franzese was a litigator with Cahill, Gordon, and Reindel in New York City, where she also served as a member of the New York Housing Court Reform Project and the Governor’s Task Force on Life and Law. She clerked for Justice Alan B. Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was awarded the Bryson Prize, Alpha Zeta Fellowship, Marion Churchill White Prize, Davidson-Foreman Foundation Award and Barnard Alumnae Fellowship, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was an International Fellow, Teaching Fellow and recipient of the prestigious Rosenman Prize for excellence in public law courses.


Rachel D. Godsil

Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Rachel D. Godsil is the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Professor Godsil’s teaching and research interests include property, land use, environmental justice, education, and race.  Her recent property work focuses on the mortgage crisis and eminent domain as well as the intersection of race, poverty, and land use decisions.  After serving as the convener for the Obama campaign’s Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee and an advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development transition team, Professor Godsil co-directed a report to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan entitled “Retooling HUD for a Catalytic  Federal Government.”

Professor Godsil is a co-founder and research director for a national consortium of social scientists and law professors focusing on the role of implicit bias in law and policy.  She is currently working on the link between stereotype threat and the success of students of color in law.  Professor Godsil also wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the National Parent Teacher Association in the Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District litigation at the Supreme Court.  She is the co-editor of AWAKENING FROM THE DREAM:  CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER SIEGE AND THE NEW STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL JUSTICE (Carolina Academic Press, 2005).

During law school, Professor Godsil served as the Executive Article Editor of the Michigan Law Review, was awarded the Henry M. Bates Memorial Award, and elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she clerked for John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Professor Godsil was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  She was an Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on environmental justice, as well as an associate with Berle, Kass & Case and Arnold & Porter in New York City.

She joined Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000 and has been recognized for her teaching by being nominated for Professor of the Year in 2002 and 2003.  In 2003-2004, she was awarded the Researcher of the Year in Law by Seton Hall University.  During fall of 2007, Professor Godsil was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she taught property at New York University Law School in spring 2009.


Renee Steinhagen

Executive Director, New Jersey Appleseed

Ms. Steinhagen has been NJA’s Executive Director since 1998, during which time she has established herself as one of the State’s leading public interest advocates. Prior to New Jersey Appleseed, Ms. Steinhagen was a plaintiff labor lawyer for the firm Ball, Livingston & Tykulsker (New Jersey), and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard (New York), where she became familiar with workers compensation, unemployment insurance, labor, and discrimination law. She previously worked at the law office of Shulte, Roth and Zabel (New York), the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Community Service Society in New York. Ms. Steinhagen was appointed in 2003 by the Governor to the Department of Banking and Insurance’s Healthcare Coverage Task Force, committee on the Uninsured, where she participated in a year-long examination of the health and economic needs of the uninsured in the State, and analyzed various policy options designed to address them. Ms. Steinhagen is also Chairperson of the New Jersey Citizens Coalition on Implementation of the Help America Vote Act, representing over thirty concerned groups. Ms. Steinhagen is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, and has a Masters Degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Government at Princeton, where she focused on housing and tax policy. She received her BA from Williams College.


Rev. Eric Dobson

Staff Outreach Coordinator, Fair Share Housing Center

Rev. Eric Dobson joined Fair Share Housing Center as Staff Outreach Coordinator in 2012. Eric is an ordained minister, a community organizer, outreach specialist and social entrepreneur. He holds a B.A. in Theology from the North Carolina School of Theology and studies community psychology at Rutgers University. He has extensive experience working with diverse audiences and communities and specializes in interfaith outreach. Eric is the Co-Founder of Open Communities LLC, a racial integration consultant firm that works to resolve simple and complex conflicts of race, ethnicity and socio- economics. He also founded a non-profit focused on youth development and education, Planting Seeds of Hope, and in 2008 served as the PA Clergy Outreach Director for the Obama Campaign.


Robert Hennelly

Investigative Reporter, City and State, WBAI (Pacifica Radio in NYC,) WhoWhatWhy

Bio to come.


Ron Hine

Executive Director, Fund for a Better Waterfront

Executive Director Ron Hine, a founding member of FBW, currently serves as its Executive Director. He helped lead the successful 1990 and 1992 Hoboken waterfront referenda that defeated an ill-conceived development scheme for Hoboken’s South Waterfront. He then led the organization as it developed its own plan for the waterfront, the centerpiece of which is a continuous, public waterfront park that is today largely built. He has been instrumental in forming a number of other nonprofit organizations including People for Open Government in Hoboken. His work over the last four decades includes extensive experience working with nonprofits, government agencies and community based organizations throughout Hudson County, New Jersey and in New York City. He began his working career in the 1970s as a community organizer.


Ron Shiffman


Ron Shiffman is a city planner with over 50 years of experience providing architectural, planning, community economic development and sustainable development assistance to community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

In 1964, Ron Shiffman co-founded the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development [PICCED], which is today the oldest continuously operated university-based community design and development center in the United States.

He sits on the boards of a number of local, national and international organizations committed to equitable and sustainable planning and development efforts such as The Center for the Living City, Sustainable Long Island, the Center for Social Inclusion, and Shared Interest, a loan guarantee fund established to assist Black South Africans.

Ron Shiffman is the recipient of numerous awards from community-based organizations and national advocacy groups, including local and national awards from ADPSR [Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility], the local chapters of the AIA and AICP. He has authored a number of articles on urban planning, low- and moderate-income housing, sustainable development, environmental and social justice and community economic development. He was lead editor of “Beyond Zuccotti Park- Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space.”

He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners [AICP] since May 1985 and in April 2002 became a Fellow of the AICP. He was honored by the NYS American Institute of Architects in the fall of 2005 when honorary AIA membership was conferred upon him. He recently received two prestigious lifetime achievement awards: Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Planning Association’s National Planning Pioneer Award. The Planning Pioneer Award is presented to individuals who have made personal and direct innovations in American planning that have significantly and positively redirected planning practice, education, or theory with long-term results.

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina he worked with ACORN, Tulane and Cornell Universities to organize planning professionals and educators to assist low-income communities in New Orleans in response to the devastation that occurred. He is presently organizing Pratt Institute School of Architecture’s coordinated effort to assist in the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Sandy entitled “Rebuild, Adapt, Mitigate and Plan” and has forged cooperative relationships between RAMP and the affected communities.

He is a tenured professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture where he chaired the Department of City and Regional Planning from 1991 to 1999. He was appointed to the NYC Planning Commission by David Dinkins and served on the Planning Commission from 1990-1996. He retired as Director of PICCED in July 2003 and is now a full time faculty member in Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute. This spring the Institute named him Professor Emeritus.

Ruth Perry

Ruth E. Perry, MD

Executive Director, Trenton Health Team

Ruth E. Perry, M.D. is Executive Director of the Trenton Health Team, a community based health improvement collaborative, dedicated to improving the access, quality, cost and infrastructure of health care for the citizens of Trenton, New Jersey. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Health and Product Stewardship for the Rohm and Haas Company. Dr. Perry was the Director of Occupational Health and Attending Physician of the Emergency Medicine Department for Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia from 1985 to 1992. During these years, she was Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University Hospital and served on the Albert Einstein Medical Center Bio-ethics Committee.

Dr. Perry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Swarthmore College, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine in at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Perry is a Diplomat of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Perry serves on several National Quality Forum Board task forces , Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Council, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Bio Technology Advisory Council, and is a member of the Trinity Cathedral Choir of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey. She is a classical pianist, amateur photographer, and a gardener.


Stephanie Greenwood

Program Officer, Victoria Foundation and Mayor’s Policy Adviser on Sustainability, City of Newark

Stephanie Greenwood recently joined the Victoria Foundation as a Program Officer. From 2010 to August 2014, she served as Newark’s Sustainability Director, managing policy, project, and partnership work with a focus on projects that strengthen economic, social, and environmental health in Newark.  She was the lead author and project manager for Newark’s Sustainability Action Plan and served as the co-chair of Mayor Baraka’s transition team committee on Sustainability & the Environment. She will continue to serve as a Policy Adviser on Sustainability for the Newark Mayor’s office. Prior to joining the Sustainability Office, Stephanie worked for three years in Newark’s Housing & Real Estate Division where she coordinated the city’s foreclosure prevention efforts, led the Newark/Essex Foreclosure Taskforce, and helped attract $21 million to Essex County, NJ in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She grew up in Montclair, NJ and since 2007 has lived in Newark’s East Ward.


Thomas Daniel McCloskey

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Tom’s practice involves a broad range of complex commercial litigation as well as business and real estate matters with an emphasis on:

  • arbitrations and alternate dispute resolution
  • building/construction
  • COAH approvals and exclusionary zoning litigation
  • commercial and residential real estate development
  • corporate and business disputes
  • chancery practice
  • disaster recovery and rebuilding/consultation services
  • insurance coverage litigation
  • land use matters
  • mortgage and land financing
  • planning
  • planned real estate and condominium development
  • trials (both jury and non-jury) and appeals in state and federal courts
  • zoning


Beyond Fox Rothschild

Tom is a past member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has served as a trustee for the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and on its President’s Advisory Council. Tom is also co-founder and former Executive Producer/Co-Race Director of the New Jersey Shore Marathon and formerly served as an active member of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Hunterdon County.


In addition, Tom serves as President of the Readington Township Junior Baseball League, Inc. (previously serving a 2-year term as the Executive Vice President of League Operations). He is also a Certified Youth Baseball Coach under the Babe Ruth League/Cal Ripken Youth Coaching Certification Program, and is an active travel baseball and basketball manager/coach in his hometown sports programs.

Tom is a Certified Spinning Instructor and serves as a Fitness Instructor/Indoor Cycling at the Hunterdon County YMCA (Deer Path Branch).


Professional Accomplishments

Tom’s professional accomplishments include:

  • Included in a list of Top-Rated Lawyers in Land Use and Zoning by Martindale-Hubbell (2013)
  • Included in a list of “New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Inside Jersey Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger for his practices in Business and Commercial Law and Zoning and Land Use (August 2012)
  • Numerous published decisions to his credit from the appellate courts of New Jersey
  • Serving as lead counsel and special litigation counsel to major New Jersey and national builder/developers
  • Serving as consultant, lead counsel, and special litigation counsel to several out-of-state builder/developers in the prosecution, defense, and successful settlement of defective fire-retardant treated (FRT) plywood roof sheathing claims, both statewide and nationwide


Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated
  • Recipient of the 2001 Walter T. Wittman Award for Legal Writing from the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys for article entitled, “Public Bidding Alert: Beware of the Trip-Wires in New Jersey’s New PWCR Act,” published in the New Jersey Municipal Law Review, Vol. 24, Number 2, June 2001

Thomas F. Collins, Jr., Esq., PP

Partner, Vogel, Chait, Collins, and Schneider

THOMAS F. COLLINS, JR., born Newark, New Jersey, April 7, 1953. Education: College of the Holy Cross (B.A. magna cum laude, 1975) (Phi Beta Kappa); Rutgers University Graduate School (Master of City and Regional Planning 1979); Rutgers Law School (J.D. 1979). Admitted as a Member of the New Jersey Bar in 1979; admitted to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1981; admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1983.

Mr. Collins is recognized statewide in land use, environmental and municipal law. A substantial part of Mr. Collins’ practice is devoted to land use, environmental, and real estate matters, “Mt. Laurel” cases, the New Jersey Highlands Act, and municipal law. Mr. Collins handles major environmental matters for the firm’s private clients and is involved in all environmental cases for our municipal clients. Mr. Collins has extensive experience reviewing Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments, and in counseling clients on environmental compliance and due diligence. Mr. Collins has studied “Form-Based Codes” with Rutgers University and the Form-Based Codes Institute and is experienced with all types of zoning and land use ordinances.  Mr. Collins has extensive experience in land use and environmental law matters for licensed telecommunications companies and residential and non-residential developers.  His planning background provides an added dimension to his legal expertise in land use law. Mr. Collins is a Licensed Professional Planner. He currently serves as Municipal Attorney for the Township of Byram. He is the Planning Board attorney for Bedminster Township, Bridgewater Township, Hardyston Township and Sparta Township.  Mr. Collins served as Special Counsel for numerous municipal clients for land use and environmental litigation and administration matters.  These include Bedminster Township, Frankford Township, Hardyston Township, The Towns of Newton and Morristown.  Mr. Collins served as Attorney to the Morristown Housing Authority. In 1979 and 1980, Mr. Collins served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey on the Joint Federal/State Toxic Waste Task Force which investigated and prosecuted civil and criminal cases involving toxic and hazardous wastes and pollution.

Mr. Collins has extensive experience in all land use and environmental approvals and permits. He has extensive experience with State Plan, Highlands Regional Master Plan, COAH matters, NJDEP Wastewater Management Plan, and Sewer Services Area issues.

Mr. Collins was Chairman of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey Bar Association during 1991-1992 and was a Trustee of the Section. He is a member of the Institute of Municipal Attorneys in whose Municipal Law Review he published an article entitled “The Revised Chapter 199 Individual Subsurface Disposal Regulation – The State’s Largest Land Use Regulator Strikes Again” (December 1989). He also co-authored Chapter 42 “Municipal Land Use Law” of New Jersey Practice, West Publishing Co., 1995. Mr. Collins is a Member of the Morris County, Sussex County, New Jersey State and American Bar Associations. Mr. Collins lectures extensively on land use, municipal, and environmental law matters, including lectures for Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), The New Jersey State Bar Association, Law Seminars International, the National Business Institute, the New Jersey Planning Officials, and the Institute of Municipal Attorneys


Wardell Sanders, Esq.

President, New Jersey Association of Health Plans

As President of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, Ward leads the state trade association that represents the major health plans in New Jersey, including four Medicaid health plans. He became President of NJAHP in October of 2006.

Ward is a recognized expert on health care policy, speaking to national and regional audiences and is a frequent commentator on TV. In 2014, Inside New Jersey and Star Ledger writers named Ward one of New Jersey’s 100 most influential residents. He also has been named on a number of other New Jersey power lists. Ward has been a frequent commentator on television and a speaker at national and state conferences.

Prior to coming to the NJAHP in 2006, Ward served for 15 years in State government positions. He was the Executive Director of the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program Board and the New Jersey Small Employer Health Benefits Program Board, the two State agencies charged with regulating the individual and small group health benefits markets, which then covered about one million New Jersey residents. Ward began his State service as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Division of Law.

As President of the NJAHP, Ward was appointed by Governor Corzine to both the Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Commission and the Health Care Access Study Commission, and by Senate President Codey to the Medical Care Availability Task Force.

Ward is a 1991 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where he was an editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and was the student commencement speaker. Ward is also a 1984 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he received his BA in Government. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars the New Jersey Bar Association, is a member of the Bar Association’s Insurance Benefits Committee.

From 1984 to 1988, prior to earning his law degree, Ward worked in Washington, D.C. for the International Center, a human rights and foreign policy research organization.

Ward lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, with his wife and two children. Ward was elected three times to Lambertville’s City Council and has served since January 1, 2008. He also has served on a number of local bodies, including the Planning Board, the South Hunterdon Regional High School Municipal Work Group, the Cable Advisory Commission, the Police Merger Work Group, and the Environmental Commission. Ward is also involved in the Lambertville Basketball Association, serving as a volunteer coach and referee for youths since 2005.


William F. Harrison

Partner, Genova Burns

William F. Harrison, Partner in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Practice Group and Director of the firm’s Environmental Law and Land Use & Approvals Practice Groups.

Mr. Harrison served as Policy Director and Chief Counsel of the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth, Department of Community Affairs, from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Harrison served over twenty years as Assistant Director of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. He has been a member of the Montclair Township Zoning Board of Adjustment since 1984, and has chaired the Board since 1987. He was elected to the Montclair Charter Study Commission in 1978.

Mr. Harrison is a member of NAIOP’s Regulatory Affairs’ and Legislation Committees. He has been a frequent speaker on land use, redevelopment and environmental law. Mr. Harrison was previously a member of the New Jersey Real Estate Advisory Board that worked closely with the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth and other State Departments to encourage economic development and revitalization across the state.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented developers in obtaining local approvals for major residential, commercial and mixed use projects.
  • Represented developers in obtaining approvals from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation.
  • Represented developers in obtaining approvals in the Pinelands and Highlands areas.
  • Represented developers in negotiations with municipalities concerning redevelopment plans and agreements.
  • Assisted in the drafting of environmental and land use legislation and regulations.

As an American Bar Association member, he belongs to the State and Local Government section, the Energy and Resources section, and the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section. As a Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, he belongs to the Environmental Law section, the Land Use Law section, Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Climate Change Committee and the Local Government Law section. Mr. Harrison is also a member of the Essex County Bar Association.

Mr. Harrison received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1974, and his Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1971.



William G. Russell

Principal, Transitioning to Green

Mr. Russell is a Principal with Transitioning to Green, LLC, providing sustainability management consulting and training services including sustainability profitability modeling and opportunity assessments and implementing sustainability plans and programs. While leading the environmental practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was an expert witness for asbestos and property value diminution litigation cases and helped clients develop brownfields properties. He is currently working with Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities) to support Stamford 2030 and promote the business case for sustainability and implementing energy efficiency projects. For Morristown and Leonia, NJ he helped develop Sustainability Master Plan elements.


He is co-editor and author of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook and works with Columbia and Fairleigh Dickinson University as an Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Rutgers

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