Reserve Your Place at the Captain’s Table – February 27, 2020

Tickets now on sale. Sponsorships available.

You’re invited to an evening of unique culinary tastings and decadent desserts from more than 20 acclaimed chefs and restaurants, complemented by an assortment of fine spirits, live entertainment, auctions and more at the sixth annual Captain’s Table event on February 27, 2020, 6-9 PM, during the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The Captain’s Table event is hosted by Let Us Eat Please, Inc. and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch to help raise awareness and financial support for the summer feeding program that provides groceries to local families whose children receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. More than 25,000 children in Atlantic County meet the federal criteria. The summer feeding program serves nine school districts, providing 30 lbs. of groceries to each eligible family every two weeks.

“One in seven children in New Jersey face hunger every day,” noted Renate Taylor of the Community Food Bank, “and when they don’t have enough to eat their physical and mental development suffer.”

Some of the children who have benefited from the summer feeding program are giving back by creating items to be sold at the event with all proceeds being donated for the cause.

Tickets are $125 per person and are available online here.

“One of the great things about this event is that the price of the ticket also includes admission any time that day to the Boat Show that features luxury motor and sailing yachts, sport fishers, performance boats and watercrafts. We encourage everyone to come early to take advantage of all that is available while supporting a great cause,” said Ken Calemmo, President of Let Us Eat Please, Inc.

For more information, please contact Ken Calemmo at kcalemmo@cooperlevenson.com or Renate Taylor at rtaylor@cfbnj.org.

WARNING ICON ADDED TO MEDICARE/MEDICAID “NURSING HOME COMPARE” WEBSITE

Searching for an appropriate nursing home for your loved one just got a little easier.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last month that they will display a warning icon for nursing homes with abuse citations on their consumer “Nursing Home Compare” web page.

Nursing homes that have received a citation for abuse will be identified with an icon of an open palm surrounded by a red circle.  Officials will update the icons monthly along with the facilities overall inspection results.

This marks an improvement over the old system that required consumers using the web page to await quarterly updates.  In addition, consumers will know instantly if the nursing home has had a recent citation for abuse.  Also available at the “Nursing Home Compare” web page will be the results of the CMS five star system that rates each nursing home on a variety of categories including staffing and quality measures.

Unfortunately, the new icon will only be present until the next inspection if the nursing home remedies the issues that caused the abuse citation; meaning the new system does not provided an historical account of abuse findings.  To date, nearly 5% of the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes have received the icon.

An informed consumer makes the best decisions.  This improvement at the CMS website helps us all be better consumers for our families and friends that need long-term nursing care.

 

Cooper Levenson Holiday Cards Feature Student Artwork

Cooper Levenson Holiday Cards Feature Student Artwork

Firm Supports ‘Let Us Eat, Please’ in Lieu of Corporate Holiday Gifts

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Dec. 02, 2019 — Four area schoolchildren will see their artwork professionally published in holiday cards sent by Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law. The annual holiday art contest encourages students to engage in the arts, and underscores Cooper Levenson’s support of charities in the communities it serves. The cards will be sent to 4,000 clients and friends of the firm.

Winners were chosen from the hundreds of entries submitted:

  1. Kenya McReynolds, an eighth grader from the Egg Harbor City School District
  2. Jenna Vivadelli, a fifth grader from the Hammonton Public School District
  3. Joana Andujar, a fifth grader from the Pleasantville Public School District
  4. Maya Krijt, a seventh grader from the Evesham Township School District

Students receive a $50 gift card and a cupcake party for their classes. The students’ teachers also receive a $100 gift card to use for art supplies. Both students and teachers will be honored at upcoming Board of Education (BOE) meetings.

The holiday cards noted that, in lieu of corporate gifts, the Atlantic City office will contribute to “Let Us Eat, Please,” an organization which feeds hungry families in the region.

About ‘Let Us Eat, Please’

‘Let Us Eat, Please’ was created by the late James L. Cooper, founding partner of Cooper Levenson. Just after his 82nd birthday, he formed the organization after he learned from his daughter, a teacher, about the effects of hunger on the one in five children who regularly attend school hungry. Last summer, through this grassroots, volunteer-driven effort and area schools, 810 families and their 2,300 children received a 30 pound box of groceries every two weeks, at no cost.

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with offices in New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Nevada, and New York. For more information, visit www.cooperlevenson.com.

Lieberman Presents on Financial Changes to Divorce at NJICLE

(Iselin, N.J.) – Ronald G. Lieberman Esq., a partner at Cooper Levenson and chair of the Family Law Practice Group, will present “The Financial Aspects of Divorce in 2019 and Beyond: Strategies for a Whole New Ballgame.” The session is part of the day-long New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) program held at the Marriott Delta Hotel, 515 U.S. Highway 1 S. Iselin, N.J. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 from 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Last year’s Tax Cut and Jobs Act, coupled with the 2014 alimony reform, has forced family law attorneys to revisit their approaches to achieve satisfactory financial settlements for their clients,” noted Lieberman. “It requires a nuanced understanding of how these changes interact to impact the financial outcomes in family law cases.”

Lieberman understands the intricacies of matrimonial and family law, and appears regularly before the Family Court in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. He also practices before the Superior Court – Appellate Division. He has litigated on virtually all aspects of family law including property settlement agreements, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, custody, college expenses, and counsel fees.

In addition, Lieberman is involved in positions of leadership in the Camden County and New Jersey State Bar Associations. He serves as the Executive Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer and as a Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee. He serves regularly as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Burlington and Camden Counties. He is certified in matrimonial law as set forth by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

At the NJICLE program, Lieberman will serve as moderator for a panel discussion featuring the Hon. Lawrence R. Jones, JSC (ret.), Cheryl E. Connors, Esq., Robert A. Epstein, Esq. and Thomas J. Hoberman, CPA/ABV/CFF.

Cost for the program is $265. CLE credit is available. To register, call (732) 214-8500 or visit https://tcms.njsba.com/personifyebusiness/njicle/CLEPrograms/NJICLEEventsCalendar/MeetingDetails.aspx?productId=47805326&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NJSBA.

Home ownership focal point of new Chelsea Economic Development Corp.

“The exact reasons people don’t want to buy — taxes, political instability, etc. — are why they should…”said Ken Calemmo, Chief Operating Officer of Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law and Trustee of the Chelsea Economic Development Corp.

Read the entire story through the link below: https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/home-ownership-focal-point-of-new-chelsea-economic-development-corp/article_2e8d7141-8c94-597d-9ca9-0326fca72183.html?fbclid=IwAR1sQxGTg3v4tJx48g0HD8cjjzXMQ1FufjtnKLleMYnqBNrEDDjpgxGgTkQ

Brian D. Barr to speak at South Jersey Claims Association on Nov. 13

Cherry Hill, N.J.- Brian D. Barr, a Partner of Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law and a member of the firm’s Defense Litigation Practice Group, will speak at a Continuing Education (CE) class to be held at the South Jersey Claims Association meeting on Wed., Nov. 13 at the Hotel ML in Mount Laurel, NJ. Barr will discuss the topic “The Affidavit of Merit Act and Claims Against Licensed Professionals.”

The class will carry credits for:

Adjusters & Producers: 3 General Insurance CE Credits – NJ, PA & DE
Accountants: 3 CPA Credits – NJ, PA & DE
Attorneys: 3 Regular Legal CLE Credits – NJ, PA & DE
CPCU: 3 Credits

Fees for the class are:

$0.00 – There is no charge for Insurance Company employees, TPA employees, Agents & Brokers
$20.00 – All other SJCA Members
$50.00 – All Non-members

To register for the class, click here.

About the Speaker:
Brian D. Barr is a partner in the firm’s Defense Litigation practice group, working out of the Cherry Hill office. He focuses on matters involving insurance defense litigation, bringing to the table extensive experience in all related issues, such as personal injury defense, insurance coverage, environmental and toxic torts, construction litigation and professional malpractice. He is a sought after speaker nationwide on these issues due to his extensive background in such litigation.

Barr has tried multiple cases involving claims for traumatic brain injuries, construction defect litigation, insurer bad faith and consumer fraud. He has successfully defended claims against construction companies/general contractors for defects and consumer fraud establishing favorable law in the Appellate Division for these claims. He also prepared a joint Appellate Brief and successfully argued issues in chemical exposure cases helping establish important warning/labeling law for hazardous materials and federal preemption.

A graduate of Gettysburg College (B.A., 1986) and Rutgers Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1989), he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1989, United States District Court for the Districts of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania in 1990, and United States District Court for the District of Western Pennsylvania in 1996.

Ronald Lieberman and Alexandra Rigden to speak on “Hot Tips in Family Law” Seminar on Nov. 11

Ronald G. Lieberman and Alexandra K. Rigden, attorneys in Cooper Levenson’s Family Law Practice group, will speak at a New Jersey Institute Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) program presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section. The program is a webinar entitled Hot Tips in Family Law” and will air on Nov. 11  from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

NJICLE’s Hot Tips in Family Law is described as “fast-paced advice from some of New Jersey’s leading matrimonial lawyers and retired judges.  Featuring 45 highly-respected matrimonial experts who are ready to share their top tips with you, this year’s program will explore complex ethical issues that are seemingly ever-present in a family law practice, including the topics you asked for like conflicts and referrals, confidentiality and privilege, candor towards the tribunal, and zealous advocacy in the matrimonial law setting. Our distinguished panel will also share their collective knowledge/experience, strategies, and proven “best practices” to avoid or overcome complicated ethical dilemmas in specific family law situations, providing you with practical, thoughtful tactics that you can use in your practice immediately.

Attorneys will earn the four ethics credits needed for the CLE cycle. The program agenda can be found at https://tcms.njsba.com/personifyebusiness/njicle/CLEPrograms/NJICLEEventsCalendar/MeetingDetails.aspx?productId=40235805

Cooper Levenson’s Education Attorneys speaking at the New Jersey School Board Association’s (NJSBA) Workshop Oct. 22-23

Cooper Levenson attorneys William S. Donio, Amy Houck Elco, Kasi Gifford, and Camille McKnight will speak at the 2019 New Jersey School Board Association’ Workshop and Exposition, scheduled from Mon. Oct. 21 – Wed. Oct. 23 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Donio and Gifford will also speak at the Legal Forum, be held on Thursday Oct. 24 at the same venue.

William S. Donio and Amy Houck Elco will speak on Tuesday Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 320 of the Atlantic City Convention Center. The session’s topic is “The Ins and Outs of Board Meetings. This session will explore what can, can’t, and shouldn’t be discussed in the public portion of your board meeting. With real world examples, the attorneys will discuss board member’ behavior, comments, and interactions with the public.

Kasi M. Gifford and Camille L. McKnight will speak at 2:00 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 23 in the Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office Learning Lab on the exhibit floor. This session is entitled “Let the Sunshine! Board Meetings After Kean and Wall.” This session will include a discussion of the Open Public Meetings Act, including the definition of adequate notice, when to send Rice notices, what public discussion of employees really means, and appropriate closed session discussions. The attorneys will also discuss the notice requirements applicable to superintendent and other administrative contracts.

Donio and Gifford will also present on Thursday Oct. 24 at Workshop 2019’s Fall School Law Forum, a day of sessions for attorneys and school district officials to explore the issues facing public school districts. Their session will cover the topic of cyber security.

Cooper Levenson, founded in 1957, is a full service law firm with 70 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. The firm also has offices in Bear, Del., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev., and New York, N.Y.

Register for Workshop 2019 here.