10 attorneys join NJSBA Leadership Academy fellows

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July 20, 2016
Contact: Kate Coscarelli 732-937-7548 or [email protected]
The New Jersey State Bar Association welcomed 10 attorneys as the second class of fellows to its Leadership Academy.
The selected attorneys represent all corners of the legal community, belonging to large and mid-size firms to government service to solo practices, and hailing from all parts of the state.
“The association is excited to welcome another class of fellows to the Leadership Academy. As we saw with our inaugural class, this year will offer the fellows a rich learning opportunity that will help them become the next generation of diverse and inclusive leaders, who will be available for leadership and service to the association; state, federal and local entities; other bar associations and groups that make up the fabric of our society,” said NJSBA President Thomas H. Prol.
In the coming year, they will be required to take part in several interactive programs that will explore how to craft a strategic plan, how to effectively communicate, the issues facing the legal profession, and how organizations and government entities work. They will also work on a special project to be presented at the culmination of the year in the spring.
The academy begins its work next month.
“The practice of law can be a stressful and overwhelming, especially for young lawyers. One thing that helps reduce that stress is knowing that there is a community of lawyers who have been in the same place and have dealt with the stress, found success, and elevated themselves to leadership positions within the practice as well as used these leadership positions to benefit not only their own legal practice but to benefit the legal community as a whole,” said Cheyne R. Scott, one of the fellows who practices at Chasan, Leyner & Lamparello. “I want to learn from this group of leaders so that I can become one of them and later help others to navigate this profession within the context of this community.”
Fellow Diana N. Fredericks, who is the incoming president of the Hunterdon County Bar Association, said she wanted to build relationships in the legal community.
“I am excited for the opportunity to study and hone leadership skills through this program, which I can take back to our local community to address concerns facing the legal profession,” she said.
In addition to the programming, the fellows are also expected to participate in a state bar association section, committee or group, or in a bar-related or community group. Each also must agree to act as a mentor to future fellows for at least two years.
The association established the academy last year, under the leadership of Immediate Past President Miles S. Winder III, to help less-experienced lawyers attain the skills to become the next generation of bar and community leaders. A core goal of the academy is to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
The Leadership Academy fellows are:
Onome N. Adejemilua
McCarter & English, LLP

Alnisa Bell
Sefarth Shaw, LLP
France H. Casseus
City of Newark
Diana N. Fredericks
Gebhardt & Kiefer PC
Christina M. Fulton
Musulin Law Firm LLC
James J. LaRocca
Gibbons, PC
Nicole McFarland
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Sharie A. Robinson
Norrie & Associates
Maritza Rodriguez
Rodriguez Law Firm LLC
Cheyne R. Scott
Chasan, Leyner & Lamparello