CEDAR GROVE, N.J., April 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 700 distinguished guests attended the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association's sold out 9th Annual Women's Initiative and Leaders in the Law (WILL) Platinum Gala at The Grove in Cedar Grove on Tuesday, March 22nd. The NJWLA awarded five extraordinary women from the bench and bar with the WILL Platinum Award, an honor bestowed upon women for their outstanding achievements in the legal profession and their sustained contributions to gender equity challenges and other issues unique to women in the legal profession.
This year's WILL award recipients were the Honorable Lois H. Goodman, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey, the Honorable Harriet E. Derman, (Retired) Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division and Of Counsel at Di Francesco, Bateman, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer & Flaum, P.C., Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, NJWLA Past President and The Law Office of Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, P.C., Michellene Davis, Executive Vice President For Corporate Affairs at Barnabas Health, and the Honorable Carolyn A. Murray, Acting Essex County Prosecutor. The evening began with a heartfelt tribute recognizing the accomplishments of New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Marie Garibaldi. The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.
The NJWLA was very proud to spotlight its 2015 Grant Recipients, who received grants totaling over $25,000. The 2016 Grant Recipients are: Partners for Women and Justice, the Alice Paul Institute, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and The New Jersey Law & Education Empowerment Project. Scholarships were awarded to three female law students from Seton Hall University School of Law and Rutgers School of Law, who wrote poignant essays that appeared in the 2016 Gala Journal.
The NJWLA is an independent association of approximately 1,500 attorneys, law students and judges in New Jersey. Its mission is to retain women in the legal profession through education and activism; promote its members to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions; and endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary. More information about the NJWLA, including membership materials, can be found at www.njwla.org.
Colleen Skinner, Executive Director
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SOURCE New Jersey Women Lawyers Association