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 2019-2020. She will be installed at the Association’s 22nd Annual Gala on Thursday, June 13, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.
Arellano, who also served on the Board from 2018-2019, helps increase awareness of issues concerning the Asian-Pacific-American community, both inside and outside the legal profession, and helps to develop programming to engage future bar leaders by holding events with law students, and collaborating with other bar associations. She also serves on the Association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee and as an APALA delegate to the Supreme Court Committee for Women in the Courts.
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 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. 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.