Important COVID-19 Special Education Related Services Update

To Our School Board Community:

We have been trying to anticipate and quickly respond to your questions during this time, given the unprecedented challenges presented to our Boards with COVID-19 and the school closure to students.  We have been providing guidance on how best to meet the needs of your students, staff, and community. Last week we made you aware of pending legislation regarding the use of virtual technologies to provide students with related services. The pending legislation has not been signed by the Governor at this time. However, the State Board of Education voted to allow Commissioner Repollet to sign a temporary relaxation of the rules, “Notice of Rule Waiver/Modification/Suspension.” This emergency adoption of a temporary regulation was signed and takes effect today, April 1, 2020.

The temporary regulation provides in relevant part:

  • Schools shall ensure students with disabilities are provided the same educational opportunities provided to their nondisabled peers through electronic communications, virtual, remote, or other online platforms, as appropriate.
  • Related services to students with disabilities shall be provided through electronic communications, virtual, remote, or other online platforms, as appropriate and as required by the student’s IEP to the greatest extent possible.
  • Allowing the use of electronic communications, virtual, remote, or other online platforms ensures students with disabilities are provided the services they are entitled to, as set forth by a student’s individualized education program (IEP), during extended school closures.

The provision of remote services should still be considered on a case by case basis, and should be consistent with the child’s IEP. Compensatory services may still be necessary once the current health emergency has ended. Our e-mails about recent developments are not intended to substitute for our legal advice to our clients based on your specific needs or requests.  In addition, our guidance is subject to, and can be superseded by new laws, rules, regulations, or orders.  Moreover, some directives from the Federal and State authorities can appear, and can be, contradictory or in conflict, so please contact us for assistance.

As always, please contact us with any questions. We will continue to do our best to keep you updated in the coming days and weeks.

Authored by: Kasi M. Gifford, Esq.

WEBINAR: Good News for New Jersey Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: An Overview of the NJEDA Grant and Loan Program

Presented by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce

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Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (edt)

Event Description:

Relief to New Jersey small and mid-sized businesses was announced on March 26 by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”). If this $75 million package of initiatives is followed by additional State, Federal, and philanthropic sources, it is expected to grow to more than $100 million. In this session, we will discuss what the following approved programs mean to small businesses.

Nicholas F. Talvacchia, Esq., Partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law
Jennifer B. Barr, Esq., Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law

Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program
Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program
Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund
CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program, including

  • UCEDC (United Counties Development Corp;)
  • GNEC (Greater Newark Enterprise Corp.)
  • RBAC (Regional Business Assistance Corp.)
  • NJCLF (New Jersey Community Loan Fund)
  • CBAC (Cooperative Business Assistance Corp.)

NJ Entrepreneur Support Program
Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Program
Emergency Technical Assistance Program
US Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
The federal coronavirus stimulus package

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Date Extended: Cooper Levenson Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

Deadline Date Extended: May 15, 2020

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.  March 23 , 2020 -Cooper Levenson Foundation, Inc. is offering college scholarship grants to high school seniors residing in the firm’s practice areas, including Atlantic, Cape May and Camden Counties in New Jersey. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, active involvement as a volunteer, and financial need, and must be planning to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year university.

“We believe that investing in the education of the next generation is one of the best ways to insure the continuous improvement of a community,” said Lloyd D. Levenson, chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to be able to help high school seniors who demonstrate civic responsibility and academic achievement despite challenges. These are our leaders of tomorrow.”

The application requires sections to be completed by a teacher or school administrator and a volunteer coordinator, and letters of recommendation from each. Students also must furnish an official copy of their high school transcript, proof of SAT or ACT composite score, answers to two essay questions, a Student Aid Report (SAR) report, copy of the submitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a letter of eligibility for a Pell Grant, if applicable.

Scholarship applications are available online here or through high school guidance offices in Atlantic, Cape May and Camden Counties. To be eligible for a scholarship award, applications must be hand delivered or mailed, and received before 5 p.m. on May 15, 2020 at Cooper Levenson Foundation Inc., attn: Donna Vecere, Director of Marketing, 1125 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Email submissions will be accepted. Please email to Angela Robinson at

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 67 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. The firm has regional offices in Bear, Del., and Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit

2020 Cooper Levenson Foundation Scholarship Application

Cooper Levenson Attorneys named to NJ Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists

Cooper Levenson partners William S. Donio, Randolph C. Lafferty, Lloyd D. Levenson, Russell L. Lichtenstein, and Jill T. Ojserkis were named to the 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers list, a designation awarded to just 5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

In addition, Rebecca C. Lafferty, Alexandra K. Rigden, Yolanda N. Melville, Michael L. Salad, and Jarad K. Stiles were named to the 2020 New Jersey Rising Stars list. This designation is given to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

“These attorneys consistently hold themselves to the highest professional standards,” said Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr., chief operating officer, Cooper Levenson. “We applaud the hard work and skill that helped earn them this designation.”

The Cooper Levenson attorneys named to the 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers list are:

William S. Donio is the chair of the Education Law practice group, representing New Jersey school districts in special education matters, discrimination claims of all types, construction matters, open public records claims and more. Donio is an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law – Camden, and a faculty member of the SRI-ETTC at Stockton University.

Randolph C. Lafferty is a partner in the firm and chair of the Personal Injury practice group. He is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Lafferty has been included on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list each year since 2006. Lafferty is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Personal Injury and General Litigation.

Lloyd D. Levenson is Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Levenson and chair of its Casino and iGaming Law practice group. Levenson and the attorneys in his group are at the forefront of the newest developments in online or Internet gaming (iGaming) law, sports wagering legal matters, mobile gaming matters, and more. Levenson is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Casino and Gaming Law.

Russell L. Lichtenstein, is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a partner in the firm, and chair of the Employment & Labor and Hospitality & Casino Industry Defense Litigation practice groups. 2020 marks the 16th consecutive year that Lichtenstein has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyer list. Lichtenstein is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Labor Law, Employment Law and Litigation.

Jill T. Ojserkis is a partner in the firm and chair of the Healthcare Law practice group and a member of the Cannabis Law and Tax groups. She represents hospitals, health systems, medical staffs and health information organizations in a variety of matters. Ojserkis is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Health Law and Tax Law and has been included in the List each year since 2012.

The Cooper Levenson attorneys named to the 2020 New Jersey Rising Stars list are:

Rebecca C. Lafferty is an associate in the firm and a member of the following practice groups at Cooper Levenson: Gaming and Casino Law; Land Use, Zoning and Planning; Commercial Litigation; and Governmental Services. She is based in the firm’s Atlantic City office and focuses her practice on all aspects of the gaming industry; land use issues, including commercial development, redevelopment, and real estate; representation of various municipal entities; and various types of commercial litigation.

Yolanda N. Melville is an associate in the firm’s Atlantic City office and a member of the firm’s Land Use/Zoning and Planning, Education Law, and Cannabis Practice Groups.  Outside of her practice, Yolanda serves in many community roles, including serving as President of the NAACP NextGen Alumni Leadership Council and as a member of the Legal Committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

Alexandra K. Rigden is an associate in the firm and is based in the firm’s Cherry Hill office. She dedicates her practice on family law matters.  Rigden is an Associate Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Family Law Section.

Michael L. Salad is a partner in the firm’s tax practice group. He concentrates his practice on business transactions, tax matters, and estate and business planning, including cyber risk management issues and management plans. Salad holds an LL.M. degree in Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Jarad K. Stiles is an associate in the firm’s tax practice group. He holds a J.D. / LL.M. and assists clients with estate and business succession planning, corporate tax planning, elder law, special needs trusts, tax litigation, bankruptcy, and related matters.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

Cooper Levenson Attorney Camille McKnight named as Top 40 Under 40 Honoree

Cooper Levenson is pleased to announce that Camille L. McKnight has been named to the 2020 Atlantic City Weekly’s  Top 40 Under 40 list.

“We are very proud of Camille and her achievements,” said Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, “We are very glad to have her as part of the Cooper Levenson team.

Camille is an Education Law attorney with Cooper Levenson. The attorneys is this group guide New Jersey public school district officials through the widely varied aspects of education law that impact schools on a daily basis.

Camille serves on the Rutgers Law School Alumni Board of Trustees, has worked with the Rutgers Minority Students Program, and serves on the Atlantic County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division Board. Her community services efforts through these groups includes mentoring law students, hosting community events for children in Camden, pairing up with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Let Us Eat – Please, Inc. to pack boxes for a summer feeding program, and hosting holiday parties for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Camille has volunteered as a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Camille graduated from Syracuse University and Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.

Cooper Levenson’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Our clients, colleagues, and contacts are our primary concern as we continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation. We want to assure everyone that we are working diligently to maintain a healthy environment for our employees and contacts, and that we expect to continue to provide timely and quality legal services to our clients.

Cooper Levenson is committed to following the directions provided by the health authorities. Given the cautions that we are all hearing about social distancing, we encourage our clients to speak with their attorney(s) about meeting remotely through conference calls or video-conferencing whenever possible. We want to reassure you that our firm is fully prepared to work remotely and can continue to serve your legal needs in a timely fashion regardless of any potential closures or quarantines.

Please take care of your health and that of your family. We are monitoring the COVID-19 public health experts and urge you to do the same.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. State Department

New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH)


Captain’s Table Reception at Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show Raised Dollars to Help Feed Atlantic County Schoolchildren

Atlantic City, New Jersey (March  , 2020) — “Let Us Eat, Please” and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey hosted the 6th annual Captain’s Table Reception at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show on Thursday, February 27. Guests enjoyed the creations of more than a two dozen chefs from South Jersey’s most acclaimed restaurants, sipped spirits,  enjoyed live music, and toured the boats, yachts and other watercrafts at the exhibit.

This fundraising event was held for the benefit of 22,000 schoolchildren in Atlantic County who depend on free or reduced-price meals in school and are left without food when school is not is session.  The ‘Let Us Eat, Please’ program started when Jim Cooper, a retired attorney and founding partner of the firm, now known as Cooper Levenson, learned from his daughter that her students sometimes go hungry during the summer because they don’t have the benefit of free or reduced-price meals at school during summer break.  Cooper found this unacceptable and decided to do something about it.  Starting with just one school district three years ago, the ‘Let Us Eat, Please’ program expanded each year to include additional school districts. Every two weeks over the course of the summer, families, identified by the school as needing assistance, receive a 30 pound box of groceries, valued at more than $40, at no cost to them. It’s made possible by the dedication of Jim and his many friends and supporters, including the new ‘Let Us Eat, Please’ Chairman of the Board, Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr., Chief Operating Officer of Cooper Levenson. Calemmo conceived and spearheaded the Captain’s Table fundraiser at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show in 2015, which has now grown to an attendance of nearly 700. The event raised more than $65,000.

Bringing food, help and hope, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been fighting hunger and poverty for over 30 years through feeding programs, employment training, nutrition education, and food distribution. More than 40 million pounds of food and groceries is distributed annually to nearly 1,200 partner charities in New Jersey.. These charities include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, temporary shelters, and programs for seniors and children in need including, Let Us Eat – Please. Both organizations rely on the generosity of supporters to help feed those who would otherwise go hungry. To read more about Let Us Eat – Please, Inc. and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey,  go to and

National Wear Red Day for AHA at Cooper Levenson

Atlantic City, N.J. – Cooper Levenson employees saw red at noon on Fri. Feb. 7 as part of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day.

“We are very pleased to support the American Heart Association and excited to see what the Cooper Levenson Wellness Committee has planned in the way of educational, awareness, prevention – and fun – programs not only in February, Heart Month, but each month leading up to the annual Heart Walk in May on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Wearing red today is just the beginning,” said Lloyd D. Levenson, Chief Executive Officer.

In the photo (rows front to back, L to R): Lloyd D. Levenson, Angela Robinson, Mark Schwartz, Donna Vecere, Tracy Kipp, Maria Ferragame, Rick DeLucry, Jeff Terris, Alaysia Roberts, Kristin Somers, Nicholas Talvacchia, Ingrid Clark, Kerry Kopervos, Louis Niedelman, Arthur Korth, Kevin Thornton, Mark Soifer, Tracy Eckert, Maureen Speirs, James Savio, Jennifer Barr, Antoinette Formica, Jill Ojserkis, Amy Rudley, Elizabeth Lihn, Amy Houck Elco, Yolanda Melville, William Donio, Kasi Gifford, Carla Noble, Gina Corbin.

Cooper Levenson Announces Event to Benefit the Community Food Bank of NJ and Let Us Eat – Please, Inc.


The Community FoodBank of New Jersey- Egg Harbor Township along with its member charity, Let Us Eat – Please, Inc., is again hosting an evening of delightful food, cocktails, desserts, and fun at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show.  The event will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6-9pm.  The Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey will bring 20 local outstanding chefs to serve their most popular dishes.

Attendees will enjoy entertainment while sampling signature menu items from some of the area’s top restaurants, along with tastings from area distilleries, wineries, and breweries.

Tickets will also allow guests to see and shop 500 boats – for every budget and lifestyle – from center console sportfishers and motoryachts to tricked out wakesports boats and personal watercraft. The floor will feature eight-and-a-half football fields of this year’s newest boats, plus thousands of accessories and fun for the whole family.

All proceeds will be equally shared by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey- Egg Harbor Township and Let Us Eat – Please, Inc., to support local hunger relief efforts. It’s a great way to indulge in a night of cruise-worthy celebration and give to a wonderful cause.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Egg Harbor Township is the state’s largest provider of donated foods to over 300 partner charities in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

Let Us Eat – Please, Inc. is a summer feeding program created by Cooper Levenson founding partner James L. Cooper, designed to ensure that underprivileged children get enough to eat during the summer months, while out of school.

Tickets are $125 per person, which includes admission to the Progressive Insurance AC Boat Show on Thursday, February 27th. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information please contact Renate Taylor at Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Egg Harbor Township 609.383.8843 or or Ken Calemmo, Cooper Levenson, or 609.572.7500.

The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show runs February 26-March 1 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. For more information visit or @acboatshow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.