NJSBA Welcomes Two New Staff Members for Legislative and Diversity Efforts

For Immediate Release

Kate Coscarelli
Sr. Managing Director, Communications

The New Jersey State Bar Association, the state’s leading organization of judges, lawyers and legal professionals, recently added two key members to its Legal and Government Affairs Department. 
Denise Sharperson has been named Assistant General Counsel and Director of Diversity Initiatives. Sharperson is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, and practiced civil litigation in the public and private sectors for 10 years. She returns to the NJSBA a decade after working in the organization’s legislative program before relocating out of state. She will oversee the association’s work to foster diversity and inclusion efforts, and provide legal guidance on various matters. 
“For the first time, the association has a dedicated staff member devoted to advancing our commitment to diversity, which we view as a critical step toward ensuring all of our members can fully participate in the association and in all aspects of the profession,” said NJSBA Executive Director Angela C. Scheck. “Denise will be principally responsible for coordinating the efforts of the NJSBA’s various entities with outside organizations, specifically county and specialty bar associations, to carry out initiatives, implement policy objectives and promote opportunities to bolster our diversity and inclusion efforts.” 
Sharperson said she is thrilled to be a part of the NJSBA family. 
“I am honored to return to the association and look forward to focusing on this important work,” said Sharperson. 
Lisa Chapland also joined the association as the Director of Government Affairs this month. She will lead the organization’s lobbying program and seek to advance legislation and policy changes of importance to the profession in Trenton. A Seton Hall Law graduate, Chapland spent seven years in private practice at firms including Hill Wallack and Genova, Burns & Giantomasi. Prior to that, she spent 11 years as a political consultant developing campaigns and messaging for candidates at all levels of government. She is also active with the Women’s Political Caucus and has been a guest lecturer at the Center for American Women and Politics, a part of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute. 
The NJSBA’s over 18,000 members will benefit greatly from Chapland’s expertise in running the legislative advocacy program, said Scheck. 
“Lisa brings a unique set of skills, insights and experiences that will help us ensure that our voice in the halls of Trenton is a strong one,” said Scheck. “Lisa is well-known and well-regarded in New Jersey’s political circles and, having practiced law, she understands the issues our members face in their day-to-day lives.” 
Chapland said she looks forward to working with members on legislative matters and gatherings such as the upcoming March 9 Town Hall Advocacy Day in Trenton.  
“This is a terrific opportunity, and I am thrilled to have the chance to blend my legal skills with my passion for politics and government affairs,” she said.