Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak at 2010 Family Law Symposium

Posted on January 11th, 2010

January 11, 2010

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
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Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak at 2010 Family Law Symposium

Bridgewater, NJ (January 11, 2010) – Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and its Matrimonial Group, will speak at the 2010 Family Law Symposium sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. The topic for the symposium will be “Arbitrating Family Law Cases in Light of the Fawzy v. Fawzy Decision.” The symposium will be held on Friday, January 29, 2010, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.

The recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Fawzy v. Fawzy allows parents to select arbitration as a means of resolving custody and parenting disputes. Clients now have an alternative to litigating these difficult cases in family court, as well as a say in the selection of the decision maker. However, arbitration poses some challenges – while it may be cheaper than litigating and may feel more empowering to clients, the right of appeal is limited. Moreover, the arbitrator does not have to be an attorney as he or she can be a family member, friend or other professional, provided the parties agree to the selection. The Symposium is for family law practitioners and will cover how to counsel clients on the pros and cons of arbitration, as well as the rules and procedures surrounding the arbitration process, if clients decide to go this route. For more information or to register, visit their web site at or call (732)214-8500.

A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney and a Family/Divorce Mediator, she has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship advice, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through these difficult personal matters.

To complement the breadth of her matrimonial, divorce and family law practice, Lawrence involves herself in various professional engagements outside the firm. She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars, and she has been admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County. She spends her spare time as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County. Lawrence is Trustee of the Somerset County Bar Association and Somerset County Bar Foundation. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Somerset County Bar Association. She was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group, as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section. Lawrence also chairs the Mock Trial Committee, which is responsible for the Somerset County Mock Trial Competition, an annual competition of high schools to represent the county in the Regional Competitions. She is currently a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. She is also a member of the NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee.

Recently, Lawrence was granted Fellowship to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the preeminent family law association in America. She was also selected as the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the preeminent award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status of Women. She has been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40. She has also been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40. For several years, she has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers®, which rates her among the top 5 percent of New Jersey lawyers. She has also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers® for 2009, as well as Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers® in 2008 and 2009. In 2007, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. Lawrence has received Certificates of Appreciation from 1998 to 2008 from the Somerset County Superior Court in recognition of her valuable contributions.

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