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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Fifty Women in Business||NJBiz||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Associate||McCarter & English, LLP||1986 - 1993|
|Judicial Law Clerk to Chief Judge Vincent J. Commisa||United States Bankruptcy Court||1985 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Supreme Court of New Jersey, District X Fee Arbitration Committee||Secretary||1999 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Morris County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Bankruptcy American Inn of Court||Master||N/A|
|In re: De La Concha Tobaconnist||Confirmed Chapter 11|
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|New Jersey Lawyer - The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar Association||IRAs: Who Gets the Money?||2005|
|New Jersey Lawyer - The Magazine of the New Jersey Bar Association||What Every Practicioner Should Know About Bankruptcy Before One is Filed?||1999|
|Section 363 Sales - Strategies and Pitfalls Seminar, Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence Section||Authority for Sales and Related Statutory Provisions||1997|
|Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence Section||Litigating Real Estate Disclosure Issues in Non-Dischargeablility Actions||1996|
|Essex County Bar Association, Debtor / Creditor Committee and Equity Jurisprudence Section||Effectiveness of Writ of Attachment Upon the Filing of a Petition in Bankruptcy||1994|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Vanderbilt University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Columbia University||N/A||MA - Masters||1977|
|Educational Legal Clinic||Bankruptcy||2012|
|New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education||Collection Practice Made Easy||2004|
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