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Christopher Keating '14 awarded scholarship by ABOTA

Summer clerking experience affirmed his interest in becoming a trial attorney

Christopher Keating ‘14 was recognized at the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)’s annual scholarship dinner. ABOTA is an association dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the trial process by working to improve the ethical and technical standards of practice. They further aim to ensure that individual litigants receive effective representation by providing education and training for trial advocates.

Christopher_Keating_ABOTA_ScholarshipThe Northern New Jersey chapter of the organization annually awards scholarships to one Seton Hall student and one Rutgers-Newark student who have demonstrated an interest in becoming civil trial lawyers and have developed exceptional skills in that area. This year, the dinner was held at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, where Keating noted that they enjoyed a “perfect view of New York City.” Keating is pictured with Brian G. Steller '82, Past President of the ABOTA Northern NJ Chapter and National Board Member and Karen A. Sokol, Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services.

Keating was a Law Clerk at Keefe Bartels, LLC this past summer, where he focused on consumer fraud related class action work and product liability suits stemming from defective medical devices. At Keefe Bartels, Keating gained a solid understanding of what it is like to be a trial attorney and affirmed his interest in that career path. When asked what sparked his interest in trial advocacy, Keating responded, “The trial process seems both challenging and exciting. I look forward to making sure that my clients get their day in court and are heard by a jury of their peers.”

After graduation, Keating will clerk for The Honorable Lisa M. Vignuolo, Superior Court, Family Division, Middlesex County. Keating says, “I hope to one day become a very effective trial advocate, and to specifically serve Northern New Jersey and its surrounding community.”

- Contributed by Samantha Fasanello '15