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.

St. Augustine Senior Partners with Cooper Levenson on Business Suit Drive

Atlantic City, N.J.– In an effort to give Atlantic County residents help in re-entering the workforce, St. Augustine Prep senior William Reynolds has started a gently-used business suit drive, along with the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Foundation and Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law. The initiative is part of his Caritas Project, a student-driven effort to enrich the community through meaningful service.

“When you donate a suit, you’re not just giving a piece of clothing, you’re giving someone a chance to look in the mirror and feel good,” said Reynolds.

At the start of the project, Reynolds approached Cooper Levenson to enlist their help because of the firm’s extensive charitable work. The attorneys and staff came out in full force to support the effort.

“We are thrilled to be able to help William with this important project that gives so many people a second chance,” said Kenneth J. Calemmo, chief operating officer of Cooper Levenson. “Not only will the right clothes help with first impressions in a job interview but they could give the wearer the self-confidence needed to land the job.”

Reynolds is working with the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Foundation to distribute the attire to those in need, through the Atlantic County Recovery Court and Hope One.

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.

PHOTO CAPTION

Pictured (L to R) are Kenneth J. Calemmo, Chief Operating Officer, Cooper Levenson; St. Augustine student William Reynolds; and Cooper Levenson Partners Amy E. Rudley, Esquire and Randolph C. Lafferty, Esquire.

Brittany Bonetti Presents at 1st Annual Cannabis Law Symposium

March 13 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick

Atlantic City, N.J. — Feb. 4, 2019 – As lawmakers move closer to legalizing cannabis for personal use in New Jersey, Cooper Levenson attorney Brittany A. Bonetti weighs in on the legal landscape at the first annual Cannabis Law Symposium on Wed., March 13, 2019 in New Brunswick. Bonetti is a member of the NJSBA Cannabis Law Special Committee, which focuses on the intricacies of cannabis issues from a legal perspective.

The symposium takes place at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Square, New Brunswick, N.J., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bonetti will present at 11:25 a.m. on physician obligations and patient protections and other healthcare practitioner and health institution concerns. Topics also will include real estate leases in the cannabis space, labor and employment laws, valuing businesses in the cannabis industry, how to minimize tax burdens, and the path to licensure.

The program is presented by NJICLE, and CLE credit is available to attendees. Cost is $235 per participant with discounted member rates for NJSBA. For more information or to register, visit https://tcms.njsba.com/PersonifyEbusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=1699&productId=31256314&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NJSBA.

Bonetti is an associate in the Cooper Levenson’s Healthcare, Cyber Law and Cannabis Law practice groups. She assists hospitals and health systems, medical staffs, individual physicians and physician groups in business and regulatory legal matters of all types, helping them navigate complicated healthcare regulations such as Stark, Fraud and Abuse, Anti-Kickback and state regulatory concerns. With a Master’s in Public Health concentrating in health systems and policy, Bonetti has a particular interest in the intersection of public policy and law.  She was recently named a top attorney in Health Care law for 2018 by SJ Magazine.

Bonetti resides in Haddonfield, N.J.

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 75 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. The firm also has offices in Bear, Del., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit www.cooperlevenson.com.

April 5 Deadline: Cooper Levenson Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -Cooper Levenson Foundation, Inc. is offering college scholarship grants to New Jersey high school seniors. 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 through the link below. To be eligible for a scholarship award, applications must be hand delivered or mailed, and received before 5 p.m. on April 5, 2019 at Cooper Levenson Foundation Inc., attn: Donna Vecere, Director of Marketing, 1125 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Email submissions will not be accepted.

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

2019 Cooper Levenson Scholarship Application

Cooper Levenson Partner Carmelo T. Torraca to speak at the 2019 New York PMA Bed Bug Workshop

PRESS RELEASE

January 14, 2019

Cooper Levenson Partner Carmelo T. Torraca to speak at the 2019 New York PMA Bed Bug Workshop

 Cooper Levenson Partner Carmelo T. Torraca will be a speaker at the New York Pest Management Association’s Annual Bed Bug Workshop, which will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at The Inn at New Hyde Park, 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY.

Torraca’s session is entitled, “Walking the Tightrope – Risks and Exposures in Contracts.” The session will be a discussion of the tightrope every business person walks in the never-ending quest to bring in new business and protect themselves at the same time. Session attendees will examine a case that illustrates the risks and exposure that may lurk in corporate contracts. They will also discuss possible steps that can be taken as safeguards.

The day is filled with sessions focusing on the regulations and issues in pest management, treatment techniques and demonstrations, and culminating with the Credentialized Bed Bug Inspector Exam.

The registration fee for this workshop is $125.00 for NYPMA members and $165.00 for non-members. For more details and complete schedule, please visit www.newyorkpma.com/events.

Carmelo (Tony) Torraca, a partner of the firm, is a seasoned attorney with experience in the defense of catastrophic and significant injury litigation arising from passenger and commercial vehicle accidents, boating and marina accidents, construction defects and accidents, and more. Niche markets of focus include cyber liability insurance claims, negligent security cases, and pest management and bedbug liability defense.

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 70 attorneys and offices in New Jersey, Delaware, Florida and Las Vegas. For  more information, visit www.cooperlevenson.com.

Cooper Levenson Partner Lynne Levin Kaufman to speak: American Bar Association Webinar Panel “The Post Murphy v. NCAA World of Sports Betting: What Lawyers Need to Know”

Cooper Levenson Partner Lynne Levin Kaufman will serve as a panelist on an American Bar Association webinar session discussing the recent United State Supreme Court Case, Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, on Thursday, November 8.

This webinar discussion, “The Post Murphy v. NCAA World of Sports Betting” is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Development and will discuss what practitioners need to know about the rapidly evolving landscape of sports betting. With NFL ratings up in 2018, many say legalized sports betting is increasing interest and is expected to be a billion dollar industry for media and data companies.

The program will include a review of existing regulations, a discussion of recent developments in the gaming industry as it has prepared for this day, and a look at how online developments will impact sports betting.

Joining Lynne Levin Kaufman, will be Andrew Brandt, the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, Christopher Soriano, Partner, Duane Morris LLP, and Carl Sottosanti, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Penn National Gaming Inc.

To register, go to https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/342621634/

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 70 attorneys and offices in New Jersey, Delaware, Florida and Las Vegas. For  more information, visit www.cooperlevenson.com.

Amy Houck Elco and Kelli Prinz to present on Special Education Law Dec. 4-5 in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, N.J. — Nov. 22, 2017 –The course will be offered at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hotel on Dec. 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This seminar will present the essential requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more.

Houck Elco will present on Tuesday, Dec. 5 on Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students (10:15-11:15 a.m.). This session will cover the legal rules governing removal or expulsion, providing services during disciplinary removal, handling disciplinary changes in placement, and multiple suspensions and denial of FAPE (a free appropriate public education).

Prinz will present on Tuesday, Dec. 5 on Bullying and Special Education Students (1:15-2:15 pm). This session will cover when bullying is a denial of FAPE, the legal considerations of moving bullied students to safer environments, addressing bullying through IEPs and 504 plans, and legally appropriate school policies and staff training.

Houck Elco will also present on Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes (3:30-4:30 pm). The session will provide a due process overview and address statutes of limitations. It also will cover notice requirements and timing issues, informal dispute resolution including mediation, resolution sessions and negotiation, how to prepare for a due process hearing, and appealing decisions.

Houck Elco is a partner with Cooper Levenson, P.A, in the firm’s Education Law practice group. She is presently the lead attorney for numerous schools and school districts in New Jersey, representing them on every aspect of education law. By providing educators with continued support, training on new laws and requirements and developing policies and procedures together as a team, she equips school districts with effective, proactive measures to identify and resolve many potential issues before they reach litigation.

Prinz, an attorney in the Education Law practice group, focuses on matters of all types for school boards and administrators, employment and labor issues, contractual matters, student discipline, public records and privacy, Board policy drafting and compliance, Board property issues and transfers, and alleged incidents of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, the defense of claims of violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and injury and negligence claims.

The seminar is designed for school administrators, superintendents, principals, school board members, school psychologists, counselors, teachers and attorneys. Eligible attendees will receive 14.4 NJ CLE credits. New Jersey teachers will receive 12.0 continuing education credits. Tuition is $575 for the first registrant and $565 for each additional registrant. The two-day program also will be offered on Dec. 6-7 in the Cherry Hill area. For more information, or to register, visit www.nbi-sems.com.

Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 75 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. The firm also has offices in Bear, Del., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev.