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  • Jul 17, 2019Janice Arellano Appointed Member of the ABA Section of Litigation Social Media Committee

    Janice V. Arellano, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation’s Social Media Committee for the 2019-2020 bar year.

    Arellano, who served as Co-Chair of the Section’s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee from 2017-2019 bar years, will help the Social Media Committee generate content highlighting articles and events for the Section, bring helpful benefits to members, and apply strategies of the Section’s Strategic Plan to achieve the ABA’s goals.

    Arellano concentrates her practice in general litigation with an emphasis on tort claims defense, employment, and civil rights in both state and federal court. She represents colleges and universities, businesses, hospitals, and medical providers in a wide range of matters.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Arellano was an associate at a New Jersey-based insurance defense firm, gaining experience in employment law, personal injury defense, and school board and special education matters. Before law school, she was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., and taught for three years in West Philadelphia charter schools through Teach for America. Arellano currently serves in leadership roles for non-profit boards and professional committees. She also works with Hispanic/Latino and Asian Pacific American Organizations to increase diversity and inclusion and has been on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey since 2018. She earned her J.D. in 2014 from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law and Public Policy Scholar and obtained a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation. She completed her M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.

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  • Apr 29, 2019Janice Arellano and William Menard to Present “Best Practices Serving Immigrant Families Impacted by Special Education and Immigration Laws”

    Janice V. Arellano and William C. Menard, Associates at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Best Practices in Serving Immigrant Students and Families Impacted By Special Education and Immigration Laws,” from noon – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.  The presentation, sponsored by Teach for America, will be part of New Jersey’s First Annual Homecoming event, a two-day celebration of community service, alumni induction, and workshops.

    The two-part presentation will include an overview of laws impacting immigrant families navigating the education system, such as Plyler v. Doe, and review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and English Language Acquisition legislation. Menard will also discuss his work in removal defense, family-based immigration, and corporate immigration. Additional topics will include how children and schools in New Jersey are affected by immigration laws and executive policies, local and state sanctuary city orders, deportation proceedings in mixed-status households, workplace immigration raids, and deportation proceedings in mixed-status households. The event, to run from 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, will feature workshops led by teachers, public and charter school administrators, school district leaders, and community organizations; a networking breakfast and happy hour, an alumni induction luncheon, and more. Registration is free to the public, but educators and community organizations in the Newark/Paterson area are especially encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Arellano concentrates her practice in general litigation with an emphasis in tort claims defense, employment and civil rights, both in State, and Federal court. She represents colleges and universities, businesses, hospitals and medical providers in a wide range of matters.  Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Janice was an associate at a New Jersey-based insurance defense firm, gaining experience in employment law, personal injury defense, school board and special education matters. Before law school, Janice was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., and taught for three years in West Philadelphia charter schools as a part of Teach for America. Janice currently serves in leadership roles for non-profit boards and professional committees. She is also active in efforts to increase diversity and inclusion with Hispanic/Latino and Asian Pacific American organizations.  She earned her J.D. in 2014 from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law and Public Policy Scholar and obtained a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation. She completed her M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law, and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Menard has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals, and has conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also represented clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, and presenting petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has also represented clients from countries in six continents, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Menard earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009.  In law school, Menard was selected to join the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society, earning the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and being twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.

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  • Jun 04, 2018Janice Arellano Elected to APALA-NJ Board of Directors

    Janice V. Arellano, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) Board of Directors for 2018-2019.  She was installed at the association’s 21st Annual Gala on Friday, June 1 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

    APALA-NJ represents one of the fastest-growing minority populations in New Jersey and focuses on ensuring greater representation of Asian Pacific American attorneys in various sectors of the legal profession, as well as in government and the State’s judiciary.

    Arellano has experience defending private and public entities in employment law, personal injury and education matters in state and federal court as well as the Office of Administrative Law.

    Arellano earned her J.D. in 2014 from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law and Public Policy Scholar and obtained a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation.  She completed her M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.

    Before law school, Arellano was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow and taught in public education in West Philadelphia. In addition to APALA-NJ, Arellano is co-chair of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation and assists with the Hispanic Bar Association of NJ’s bi-annual Abogados newsletter.

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  • Dec 20, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes Associate to New Jersey Office

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Janice V. Arellano as an Associate.   She joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, concentrating in the areas of labor & employment, education, public entity law, tort claim defense, and civil rights.

    She has experience drafting pleadings, motions, petitions, interrogatories, and trial materials for cases defending private and public entities in employment law and education matters in state and federal court, including employment discrimination, retaliation, School Ethics Commission matters, and special education cases before the Office of Administrative Law.

    Arellano served as law clerk for the Honorable Kevin M. Shanahan in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division-Family Part, in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.  She also served as an AOC mediator, successfully conducting settlement conferences in both English and Spanish for family part matters.

    Arellano earned her J.D. in 2014 from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law and Public Policy Scholar and obtained a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation.  She completed a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and her B.A. in Philosophy in 2007, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.  She completed judicial internships with the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro and the Honorable M. Faith Angell of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  She was a summer law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission-Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, D.C.  She also represented indigent clients through the Temple Legal Aid Family Litigation clinical program and supported lobbying efforts as a Frankel Legislative Fellow for the ACLU of PA.  Arellano was a Judge William M. Marutani Fellow and 2011 Hispanic Bar Association of PA Scholarship Recipient.  Before law school, Arellano was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division and the National Education Association.  Additionally, she taught in public education for three years under the auspices of Teach for America in West Philadelphia.

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