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June 7, 2010

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
721 Route 202-206
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
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(908) 722-0700 x4224
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Jeralyn Lawrence Participates on Panel Discussing Collaborative Divorce

Bridgewater, NJ (June 7, 2010) – Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will participate in a program entitled “Collaborative Divorce: An Essential Primer for All Family Law Practitioners,” sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). The seminar will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2010, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza in Edison, New Jersey.

The often bitter and costly nature of divorce proceedings has led many family law professionals to explore new avenues like collaborative divorce for resolving dissolution cases. Started in Minnesota, collaborative divorce utilizes lawyers from both sides, as well as clients and neutral professionals, in a cooperative and joint effort to resolve differences in divorce. The process is client driven and uses a number of negotiation and settlement techniques to achieve the best outcome for both parties. Clients and lawyers agree not to initiate any litigation while the process is underway and there are guidelines for participation, withdrawal and any subsequent litigation.

The seminar will teach family law practitioners about the innovative process of collaborative divorce, why it is growing in popularity, and how it can help their family law clients. The panel will cover the following topics: What Collaborative Divorce Is and What It Is Not; Why Use Collaborative Divorce - How it Differs From Other Alternate Forms of Dispute Resolution; The Role of the Attorney and Ethical Issues; The Role of the Financial Expert; The Role of the Mental Health Expert and Other Specialists; Case Studies/Models; and The Growth of Collaborative Divorce Nationwide. The program is being offered for Continuing Legal Education credit for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and Matrimonial Law Certification. To register or for more information, visit the NJICLE website at www.njicle.com.

A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law. Certified as a Family/Divorce Mediator and, by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, she has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship advice, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through these difficult personal matters.

To complement the breadth of her matrimonial, divorce and family law practice, Lawrence involves herself in various professional engagements outside the firm. She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars, and she has been admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County. She spends her spare time as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

Lawrence serves as Secretary of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and Treasurer of the Family Law Section of the Somerset County Bar Association. She was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group, as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section. Lawrence also chairs the Mock Trial Committee, which is responsible for the Somerset County Mock Trial Competition, an annual competition of high schools to represent the county in the Regional Competitions. She is currently a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. She is also the Associate Managing Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer. She is also a member of the NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee.

Recently, Lawrence was granted Fellowship to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the preeminent family law association in America. She was also selected as the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the highest award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status of Women. She has been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40. She has also been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40. For several years, she has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers, which rates her among the top 5 percent of New Jersey lawyers. She has also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2009, as well as Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2007, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. Lawrence has received Certificates of Appreciation from 1998 to 2008 from the Somerset County Superior Court in recognition of her valuable contributions.


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