1 18 Lawyers as 206 N.J.L.J. 126 Celebration producer Robert Steinbaum, publisher of the New Jersey Law Journal. and T he New Jersey Law Journal produced its fifth biennial Celebration of Lawyers in the Arts on September 14 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Eighty-five lawyers and law students from Atlantic to Sussex counties participated as actors, orchestra members, dancers, cocktail pianists and visual artists. More than 450 lawyers, judges, legal service vendors, family and friends attended the visual arts exhibit, dinner reception and production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in NJPAC s Victoria Theater. The event generated $35,000 for the nonprofit New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Inc., the seven-year-old organization that grew out of the first Celebration of Lawyers in the Arts. It arranges for attorneys from around the state to provide free services regarding arts-related legal issues to artists and arts and cultural organizations, particularly low-income artists and nonprofit organizations. Readers who are interested in participating in NJVLA should contact Executive Director Tracey Batt at or PHOTOS BY CARMEN NATALE Mark Friedman, Honorable John Bissell, Thomas Clarke and Mark Vespole sang in their barbershop quartet, aptly named Courting Disaster, (shown here in 2005 Celebration.) Three cocktail pianists performed during the reception: (clockwise) Eric Jaso, counsel at Stone & Magnanini in Short Hills; Richard Eittreim, retired partner from McCarter & English in Newark; and Joseph Davis, a Short Hills solo practitioner. (Jaso and Eittreim are shown playing in the 2009 Celebration.) Nick Stevens, outgoing president of NJVLA and partner in the Roseland Firm of Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, (above right) with Julien X. Neals, Newark s business administrator ( above left) perform with Nick Pablo Thang, a jazz ensemble directed by Stevens and including nonlawyer Paul Noser (left).
2 206 N.J.L.J. 127 NJVLA Executive Director Tracey Batt Stage and Musical Director Rozanne F. Sullivan, a former bankruptcy attorney, masterminded the performance, as she had for The Pajama Game and Bye Bye Birdie and the two prior variety show Celebrations of Lawyers in the Arts. Paul McRae, assistant director of the New Jersey Ballet, veteran of three prior Celebrations (and a non-lawyer) choreographed and directed. 19 Daniel Brintz (left), with Breslin & Breslin in Hackensack, as Pseudolus, bartering for freedom with his master, Hero, played by Jeffrey Stephens of Kroll Heineman in Iselin (right). The 17-piece orchestra. Front row, left to right: Mark I. Salvacion, senior counsel with PNC Bank in Philadelphia and an NJVLA director (bass clarinet), Frances Kim Salvacion, a non lawyer (clarinet), Rozanne Sullivan (piano, conductor, stage and musical director), Daniella Fischetti, 3L at Rutgers Law School - Newark (violin); and Craig Levine, senior counsel and policy director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (percussionist). Back row: Richard H. Maurer, Law Offices of Richard H. Maurer, Philadelphia (cello); John Whipple, partner with Pashman Stein in Hackensack (trumpet); John Gagnon, associate with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland (violin), Bruce Hector, former president of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and a mediator (guitar), Tom Bachman, assistant Essex County counsel (violin); Thomas Abbate, partner with DeCotiis FitzPatrick & Cole in Teaneck (trombone); Michael Oxman, associate with Becker Meisel in Livingston (trombone); Jay Lavroff, partner with Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper in Westfield (clarinet and alto saxophone); Robert Kaufmann, food industry consultant (saxophone); Frank Kolodzieski, assistant prosecutor in Somerset County (clarinet and tenor saxophone); David Joyal, patent attorney with Greenberg Traurig in Florham Park (trumpet); and David Gold, associate with Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard in Hackensack (double bass). Pictured from right to left: Peter Skolnik as Senex, Daniel Brintz as Pseudolus, Mark Pfeffer as Hysterium and Jeff Gardner, a solo practitioner in Hawthorne, as Marcus Lycus, performing in happy harmony Everybody Ought to Have a Maid. Slaves Lee Zimet, married to Rozanne Sullivan and a director at Deloitte Tax, LLP in New York City, Curtis Michael, VP and Assistant general counsel for Hartz Mountain Industries, in Secaucus, and Mark Friedman who works in the Appellate Section of the New Jersey Public Defender s Office, lug baggage at their master s bidding. Daniel Brintz as Pseudolus, confusing Mark Pfeffer, partner with Goldenberg, Mackler, Sayegh, Mintz, Pfeffer, Bonchi & Gill in Atlantic City, as Hysterium.
3 20 The House of Marcus Lycus Dancers (left to right): Raylene Robinson, RutgersNewark 2L; Kristina Hon, Seton Hall 3L; Janet Molnar, attorney advisor with the Social Security Administration ODAR in Newark. Dorothy Kenney, RutgersNewark 3L; Hon Victoria Pratt, Wanda Moore, Diana Duda Mongo, in-house with GUARD Insurance Group; Deborah Fennelly, senior attorney with Legal Services of New Jersey in Edison, and Luisa Fuentes, staff attorney with Essex-Newark Legal Services. Miles Gloriosus soldiers, played by David Noble, Curtis Michael, vice president and assistant general counsel for Hartz Mountain Industries in Secaucus, and Clay Paterson, assistant general counsel with Johnson & Johnson, announce his arrival to dancing courtesans Diana Duda Mongo, Penny Moy, a paralegal with the Law Office of David S. Mulchinock in Princeton; and Wanda Moore, while Deborah Fennelly admires Daniel Brintz s Pseudolus. Dancing courtesans Nicole Barna, an associate with Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenweig & Wolosky in Manhattan, and Raylene Robinson, Rutgers-Newark 2L, as the Gemini, mirror each others movements. 206 N.J.L.J. 128 Hon Victoria Pratt, Newark Municipal Court judge, as Vibrata dancing for Pseudolus, played by Daniel Brintz. Singing courtesans Alison Accettola, staff attorney in Middlesex County Public Defender s office, Lisa Spiegel, special projects director at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and Rebekah Heilman, pool attorney for the Office of the Public Defender, Office of Parental Representation, look on as soldiers Maria Pedraza, staff attorney in Middlesex County Public Defender s office, Tiffany Heineman, Seton Hall 3-L, Nora Kallen, assistant corporation counsel with Jersey City, Dianna Fuller, supervisor in the Family Law Unit at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, Jessica Jansyn, associate with Laddey, Clark & Ryan in Sparta, and Sara Walsh, senior staff attorney with Central Jersey Legal Services, threaten Hysterium, played by Mark Pfeffer. Jodi Rosenberg, a solo practitioner in Millburn, as Domina (third from right), commands the attention of her household, including husband Senex (second from left), played by Peter Skolnik, son Hero (center), played by Jeffrey Stephens, and slaves Mark Pfeffer (far right), as Hysterium, Nora Kallen (second from right) and Dianna Fuller (far left).
4 206 N.J.L.J. 129 Singing courtesans Alison Accettola, Rebekah Heilman and Lisa Spiegel admire Jonathan Peck, an associate with Patton Boggs in Newark, as Miles Gloriosus. Philia, played by Laddy Clark and Ryan s Lauren Fraser, woos her hero, Hero, played by Jeffrey Stephens. 21 Peter Skolnik, partner with Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland and president of the NJVLA, as Senex, searches for Philia, who he mistakenly thinks is his new maid. The loving couple, Senex played by Peter Skolnik, and his wife Domina, played by Jodi Rosenberg. Mark Pfeffer as Hysterium, following Pseudolus orders... Comic and entertainment lawyer, Joey Novick (right) as Erronius, searching for his long lost twins, believes Dan Brintz to be the soothsayer he requested; all part of Pseudolus plan. A comedy tonight and fun had by all, during this show-stopping number performed by the entire cast. Jonathan Peck with Joey Novick, Daniel Brintz, Kristina Hon, Raylene Robinson, Nicole Barna, Dorothy Kenney, Deborah Fennelly, Wanda Moore, Penny Moy, Sara Walsh, Louisa Fuentes, Jeff Gardner and Mark Pfeffer.
5 N.J.L.J. 130 VISUAL Leslie L. Phiefer, a solo practitioner and parttime per diem attorney, pictured here with her photograph, Family Picture. Anna Lascurain is employed in government service. She showcased a small sculpture Earth Mother, and an ink picture, Medusa 2. A landscape by Hon. Faith Hochberg, United States District Judge. Jon Polevoy s mixed media and photography piece Lost In Iran. His private practice focuses on real estate, construction, government contracts and environmental law. Susan Herman, an assistant deputy public defender, Office of Parental Representation, Northern Region, and a member of the Visual Arts Steering Committee, exhibited three photographs from her series, Wildwood, taken with a Diana plastic camera. Michael Meisel, pictured here with his sculpture, heads the litigation department at Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard in Hackensack and is a member of the Visual Arts Steering Committee and a director of NJVLA. Patrick Budd is the assistant director of Central Jersey Legal Services Inc., and manages the Mercer County office. This is his photograph Fear. Nicholas Kant works for the government. He exhibited an acrylic painting, Color Zebra. Janet Hallahan, exhibited a pastel on paper, Hydrangea Sun. She has worked in several Philadelphia law firms and is active with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Jay Greenblatt s photograph of lobster traps. He is a partner in Vineland s Greenblatt & Laube and former president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Two pastels on paper, Cappadocia Landscape and Near Erfoud by Peter O Malley, an attorney with the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney s Office in Newark, and former Celebration performer. Stephen Barcan exhibited two photographs, Black and Red and Men Playing Cards. He is the administrative partner for Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Woodbridge.
6 206 N.J.L.J Joseph Waks is director of municipal services for the city of Bayonne, and a member of the Visual Arts Steering Committee. He exhibited two oil and mixed media on canvas pieces. He has had several solo exhibitions and has an upcoming show in Philadelphia in Sledding on Orange Mountain, oil painting by former chief justice James R. Zazzali, now counsel to Gibbons PC and Zazzali Fagella Nowak Kleinbaum & Friedman in Newark. Regis Fernandez is an immigration attorney/solo practitioner in Newark. He specializes in deportation defense and was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the National Law Journal. Until this year, he hadn t painted since he was 10 years old. Jacqueline Pivawer is a matrimonial lawyer with Helfand & Associates in Whippany. Her painting, Montana Truck, was done on a huge cattle ranch in Lodge Grass, Montana 20 miles from the nearest store. Gregory Haworth joined the board of NJVLA this year and is a partner in the Newark office of Duane Morris, where he practices commercial and business litigation, including bankruptcy and banking litigation. This is his acrylic and oil, Abstract 3 and Abstract 2. Mel Bergstein is a partner in the Roseland firm of Walder Hayden & Brogan, a certified trial attorney and a New Jersey Law Journal editorial board member. Bergstein s photographs come from the 2011 New York City Gay Pride Parade, and has photographed previous Gay Pride Parades for the last three years. The stained glass lamps seen here were created by Willard Geller, a solo practitioner in Kendall Park. He has been creating stained glass pieces for the last 30 years. Cara Parmigiani is a 3L student at Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a self-taught graphic designer pictured here with her digital art, Cart Carnage. Paul Massaro s watercolor, The Arts Festival Harvey Cedars NY, is shown here. He is a general practitioner in Clifton. Joseph Aronds exhibited a colored cartoon, High Dive. Aronds is assistant vice president of Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. and president of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.
7 N.J.L.J. 132 Benjamin David Novak, an associate in Lowenstein Sandler s Corporate Department, exhibited his photograph Crabs. Mixed media collages by Allyn Z. Lite, chairman, Visual Arts Steering Committee and partner in the Newark firm of Lite DePalma Greenberg and an NJVLA director. Cool Jazz, by Robert Peckar, founding partner of Peckar & Abramson of River Edge. Daniel Belardinelli is a partner at McGlone, McGlone & Bellardinelli in Boonton, primarily practicing in criminal defense and civil litigation. He has been painting for more than 22 years and is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe. This is a painting/mixed media piece. SIS1003Corp10.125x :SIS1003Corp10.125x /24/10 6:58 PM Page 1 See how wide our focus is. The name you trust for judgment searches can also be counted on for nationwide corporate and UCC searches and filing. Charles Jones has been one of the most trusted names in judgment searches for almost a century. But did you know that we also focus on corporate and UCC searches and filings? See how clearly the Charles Jones experience, quality and customer service can make even your most complex transaction simple and more cost-effective. For more details, call or visit signatureinfo.com Home of Charles Jones & Data Trace NJ/PA products and services Charles Jones and Signature Information Solutions are registered trademarks of Signature Information Solutions LLC. Data Trace is a registered trademark of Data Trace Information Services LLC Signature Information Solutions LLC. All rights reserved.