Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. has announced that Galit Kierkut was sworn in as president of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) and Theodora McCormick was sworn in as NJWLA’s chief financial officer. Ms. Kierkut, Ms. McCormick and the other executive board members were sworn in by U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Goodman at a private ceremony at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ on July 12. Ms. Kierkut previously served the organization as president elect, and Ms. McCormick previously served as the organization’s chief financial officer.
Ms. Kierkut is a member of the Sills Cummis & Gross' Employment and Labor Practice Group. Her practice is concentrated on employment litigation and counseling. She conducts human resources audits, performs management and employee training in all areas and counsels clients regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws. She also reviews and drafts employee handbooks, social media policies and employment contracts. Her employment litigation practice is primarily focused on resolving claims in the areas of discrimination, sexual harassment, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing and employment contract disputes in state and federal courts and before the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. McCormick is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and is co-chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Women’s Group. She focuses her practice on representing health care institutions, dietary supplement companies and pharmaceutical corporations in a variety of matters, including breach of contract, licensing disputes, class action defense, consumer fraud, unfair competition and false advertising under the Lanham Act. Ms. McCormick has also represented clients in complex adversarial proceedings with the FDA and FTC relating to the adequacy of substantiation of advertising claims.
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Johnmack Cohen, a first-year student at Rutgers School of Law – Newark, has been selected as the Sills Cummis & Gross 2012 Charles J. Walsh Scholar. In 2006, Sills established the Scholarship Fund on behalf of the family, friends and colleagues of the late Judge Charles J. Walsh, who, prior to his appointment to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, was a valued member of the firm for 17 years. Judge Walsh was also an adjunct professor at the law school.
Mr. Cohen was chosen for his scholarship, leadership qualities and commitment to using the law to help others. Mr. Cohen’s decision to practice law “is rooted in an intrinsic desire to separate right from wrong.” Mr. Cohen received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Rutgers Business School (New Brunswick) in 2011.
The Charles J. Walsh Scholar Fund will provide financial and other assistance to Mr. Cohen in the form of scholarship support, summer internship stipends, mentorship during law school and career guidance.
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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. hosted a field trip at its Newark headquarters for students of the NJ Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP) Summer Law Institute on July 12, 2012. NJ LEEP is a community-based organization that empowers urban youth in grades eight to 12 from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey to perform at high academic levels by building skills through law-related, mathematic and other educational programs, developing the habits necessary for lasting success and community leadership, and offering exposure to role models who have achieved academic and professional success. The Summer Law Institute is for ninth graders; they participate in a five-week criminal law course taught by law students from the Seton Hall University School of Law and other law schools. During their field trip, approximately 40 students met with Sills Cummis & Gross attorneys from different practice areas, who described the nature of their work to them.
The Summer Law Institute serves as an introductory course for students to become exposed to NJ LEEP. Upon finishing the summer session, students are encouraged to apply for NJ LEEP’s four-year college bound program.