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Moderators
  Craig Livermore, Esq.
Executive Director, NJ LEEP &
Adjunct Professor of Law,
Seton Hall Law School

Mr. Livermore holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Mathematics, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He worked for several years at Legal Outreach, Inc., in New York City, where he directed law-related and college preparation programs for low-income urban youth. In 2006, he founded NJ LEEP, the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project, in partnership with Seton Hall Law School, to bring the Legal Outreach model to urban New Jersey.

Mr. Livermore was the founding board chair of Newark Legacy Charter School and is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School where he teaches Education Law. In addition to work on religion, ethics and public policy, Mr. Livermore has published articles on urban educational management, and educational policy and its effects on racially equitable educational outcomes. Mr. Livermore's most recent articles include:
Mr. Livermore was the founding board chair of Newark Legacy Charter School and is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School where he teaches Education Law. In addition to work on religion, ethics and public policy, Mr. Livermore has published articles on urban educational management, and educational policy and its effects on racially equitable educational outcomes. Mr. Livermore's most recent articles include:

Racial Complexity and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 26 J. Civ. Rights & Econ. Dev. (2011)

Centralized Standards and Decentralized Competition: Suggested Revisions for No Child Left Behind to Create Greater Educational Responsiveness Toward Disempowered Minority Groups, 33 Seton Hall Legis. J. 433 (2009)

Shavar Jeffries  Shavar Jeffries, Esq.
Member, Newark Public Schools Advisory Board &
Associate Professor of Law,
Seton Hall Law

Professor Jeffries’s work focuses on impact civil-rights scholarship, advocacy, and litigation, focusing on education and housing inequities affecting urban communities. Professor Jeffries has represented thousands of urban children in education-reform litigation, including children denied free, after-school tutoring services under the No Child Left Behind Act, and thousands of Newark children attending public-charter schools who were denied equitable instructional and facilities funding. Professor Jeffries has also represented individuals and community associations in a variety of housing cases, including tenants facing unlawful rent-increases in subsidized housing units, and individual victims of mortgage fraud and predatory lending.

From 2008 to 2010, Professor Jeffries took a leave from Seton Hall Law to serve as Counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram. In that role, Professor Jeffries had oversight responsibility for several divisions of the office, including the Division on Civil Rights, the Juvenile Justice Commission, and the state’s multi-state litigation and advocacy portfolio. Professor Jeffries also managed a range of special initiatives, including the state’s mortgage-mediation program and several initiatives design to grant greater protection to domestic-violence victims.

A full biography of Shavar Jeffries may be found here.

  Bill Baroni, Esq.
Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey &
Adjunct Professor of Law,
Seton Hall Law

Panelists
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Isabel Machado, Esq.
Founding Partner, Machado Law Firm

Isabel is the founding partner of the Machado Law Group and has devoted her distinguished legal career to the practice of education law. By listening and asking the right questions, Isabel has developed a unique ability to truly partner with clients on creative problem solving. Her collaborative approach fosters understanding and identification of goals and potential obstacles to achievement.

Isabel’s practice involves all aspects of education law, including litigation at all levels of state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has an in-depth background in special education law, board policy, and administrative matters. Isabel focuses primarily on counseling and litigating on behalf of school districts with respect to employment and contract matters, labor negotiations, and special education.

Isabel is a dynamic and sought-after author and public speaker, who routinely conducts workshops and in-service programs for board of education members, school administrators and staff, and industry organizations, including the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), Seton Hall University’s Superintendent Study Council and LRP Publications, Inc.

In 2008, Isabel was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal and NJBIZ as one of its “40 Under 40” and a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Isabel is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York. Isabel also holds a Certificate of Eligibility as a School Business Administrator.
   
 martin_robert Robert J. Martin, Esq.
Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law


Professor Robert Martin focuses on major policy areas involving the operation of state and local governments. He has concentrated on issues impacting land use, education law, state constitutional law and legislation. Several of his law review articles have been excerpted and appear in leading law school textbooks.

From 1985 to 2008, Professor Martin served in the New Jersey State Legislature, the last fifteen years as a state senator representing portions of Morris, Essex and Passaic Counties. As a legislator, he was the prime sponsor of more than a 100 laws, including the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, the Open Public Records Act, the Comprehensive Educational Improvement and Financing Act, and the Act to Repeal the Death Penalty in New Jersey.

A full biography of Robert J. Martin may be found here.
 
Osborne  Jennifer Osborne, Esq.
Partner, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C

Jennifer A. Osborne is a partner in the firm of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook and Cooper. Her practice is primarily devoted to representing boards of education in a variety of areas, including personnel matters; labor and individual contract negotiations, and student issues. Jennifer presents at various education workshops on school law issues and provides mandated legal training to school administrators and staff. Her practice also consists of Probate Litigation, including Will contests and claims of undue influence. Prior to joining Lindabury, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Miriam N. Span, J.S.C., Presiding Judge – Chancery Part, General Equity and Probate Division. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law where she was a Centennial Scholar and member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board.


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Arsen Zartarian serves as Deputy General Counsel of the Newark Public Schools, the largest school district in the State of New Jersey, with approximately 37,000 students. Mr. Zartarian regularly appears in administrative court on employee discipline and special education matters, and he also frequently appears in the Appellate Division and United States District Court.

In addition to his litigation responsibilities, Mr. Zartarian provides daily legal advice to school administrators who supervise a work force in excess of 7,000 employees. He routinely administers preventive counseling and training regarding all aspects of state and federal education and labor/employment law. He also is a frequent presenter at statewide school and employment law seminars, and regularly moderates the “Administrative Law Forum” and “Representing School Employees and Boards of Education in Employment Law Cases” programs for the New Jersey Institute of continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

Mr. Zartarian is President of the New Jersey School Boards Association School Attorneys, and an officer within the New Jersey State Bar Association’s School Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Administrative Law Sections. As a result of a survey of legal practitioners, he has been listed on multiple occasions in New Jersey monthly as one of the State’s top education attorneys.

Mr. Zartarian graduated in 1990 from Villanova University School of Law, in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where he was Case & Comment Editor of the Villanova Law Review and a national moot court competitor. He is a 1987 graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, where he majored in English and history and was Sports Editor of The Daily Targum. He is also an avid sports and music fan, and moonlights as a mediocre ice hockey goaltender.


 Davy_pic Lucille Davy, Esq.
Senior Advisor, James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Education
Leadership and Policy

Lucille E. Davy currently serves as a Senior Advisor for the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Education Leadership and Policy. At present, she is focused on implementation of the Common Core State Standards, a joint effort of 46 states and the District of Columbia, as well as other education reform initiatives.

From September 2005 until January 2010, she served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, where she worked collaboratively with the state’s pre-K to12 education stakeholders, higher education, and the business community to implement innovative programs and education reforms. Under her leadership, the department: expanded high quality early childhood education programs and established preschool learning standards; improved early literacy and mathematics programs which resulted in narrowing the achievement gap as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress; crafted a student weight-based school funding formula that was deemed constitutional by the New Jersey Supreme Court; increased high school graduation requirements to prepare all students for postsecondary education and careers; revised core curriculum standards to reflect workplace and life skills; raised performance benchmarks for proficiency on statewide assessments; implemented a student-level database for preschool to grade 12; developed and implemented a school district monitoring system focused on continuous improvement and support for low-performing districts; expanded the number of charter schools; instituted standards for pre-service teacher preparation programs; and created school-based professional learning communities and teacher leadership models. During her tenure, she also served on the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Education Workforce Committee and Math and Science Education Task Force.

Prior to that, she worked in the Office of the New Jersey Governor as Special Counsel for Education Policy, and as an education policy researcher and advisor. Davy has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and holds a juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She is a certified math teacher, has taught mathematics at the secondary and collegiate levels, and also practiced law for 15 years.

 

Steven Fogarty, Esq.
Owner and Attorney, Fogarty and Hara Law Offices

STEPHEN R. FOGARTY, a partner in the law firm of Fogarty & Hara, is an attorney whose practice includes the representation of management in education law, municipal law and labor relations matters including defense litigation. Mr. Fogarty’s firm represents more than 65 public, private and charter schools state- wide. He a member of the New Jersey Bar, the United States Supreme Court Bar, the New York Bar and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Subsequent to his graduation from law school, Mr. Fogarty served a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Eugene L. Lora, a Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Mr. Fogarty has given presentations on a variety of topics before the New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Association of School Administrators, New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, Rutgers University, William Paterson University and Caldwell College. Mr. Fogarty is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, and New Jersey Association of School Attorneys.

 
  Dr. Michael D. Kuchar, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools, Bergenfield Public Schools

Dr. Michael Kuchar has dedicated his life to public service in the field of education. After twenty-six years of service as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and principal, in 2005, he was appointed Superintendent of Schools of the Bergenfield School District. As the leader of one of Bergen County’s largest and most diverse school districts, Dr. Kuchar spearheaded a remarkable transformation that led to national and local attention.

A full biography of Dr. Michael D. Kuchar may be found here.

 
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Senator Jennifer Beck
State of New Jersey, 11th Legislative District

Senator Beck was born and raised in Erie, PA. She attended Boston College, where she majored in Physics and Mathematics. She also was a walk-on for the BC track team where she was named co-captain her senior year. She then got her Masters in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

She started her career as Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Joe Azzolina, before leaving for the private sector, where she ran the Trenton office of MWW, New Jersey’s largest public affairs firm.

Before serving in the Senate, Jennifer served one term as an Assemblywoman. She also served two terms on the Red Bank Borough council, getting elected and re-elected in a town in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a significant margin. She was the only elected Republican on the council during her tenure.

Jennifer has received accolades from multiple organizations during her political career, including receiving the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award in 2008, presented by WPC – NJ/PAC, an honoree for the Forty Who Make a Difference presented by 4074 Magazine and the Millicent Fenwick Award for Public Service by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women. In 2008, the Senator was also honored when she was one of 24 elected public officials across the country selected to receive the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.

Senator Beck is President of JAB Marketing, a media relations and marketing firm. She is also a trustee with the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a member of the Red Bank Womans Club and formerly was a rape crisis counselor at what is now 180/Turning Lives Around.

She is an avid runner and participates in road races and triathlons all over the United States.

Senator Beck is married to Dan Shields.

 
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Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Jr., Esq.
State of New Jersey, 18th Legislative District

Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., represents the 18th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly. The district includes, East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Metuchen, South Plainfield, South River and Highland Park, all located in Middlesex County. He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001 and was re-elected to his sixth term in 2011.

Assemblyman Diegnan currently serves as Deputy Speaker and Parliamentarian of the General Assembly. He is Chairman of the Education Committee and is a member of the Regulated Professions and Consumer Affairs Committees. Assemblyman Diegnan has been the prime sponsor of over 100 pieces of legislation that have been signed into law. He is recognized as an advocate for education and children. He was the prime sponsor of the bill to save the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Rewards (NJ Stars) Program. This program provides merit-based scholarships to qualified NJ high school students to attend county college free-of-charge. Recently, he has made news with legislation that gives residents the ability to approve the establishment of a local charter school through voter referendum. Last summer, Diegnan wrote the landmark legislation that reformed New Jersey’s teacher tenure law by bringing increased accountability while balancing the protection of due process for our principals and teachers.

Assemblyman Diegnan has also spearheaded initiatives to protect student athletes. He sponsored a bill that requires school districts to develop policies to address the issue of concussions in model legislation that is being adopted throughout the country. Also in 2010, he shepherded legislation to address another important student health issue: hypercardiomyopathy, which is a heart condition that has struck down numerous student athletes in New Jersey.

Born in South Plainfield on March 19, 1949 to Irish immigrants, Assemblyman Diegnan has been involved in numerous community service efforts in his hometown. He is a former member of South Plainfield’s Board of Adjustment, Environmental Commission, and Senior Citizens Advisory Commission which he chaired. The Assemblyman also has served as president of the Sacred Heart Parish Council.

He has won numerous honors, including the 2010 YMCA NJ State Alliance Friend of the YMCA award, the 2011 Presidential Award from the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, the 2011 Roscommon Man of the Year from the Roscommon Society of New York and the 2012 Hubert H. Humphrey Friend of Labor award from the Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council. He also has served as president of the Sacred Heart Church Parish Council.

An attorney in private practice in South Plainfield for his entire professional career, Assemblyman Diegnan has been a member of the New Jersey Bar Association since 1974. He has also served as general counsel to the Middlesex County Democratic Organization.

Assemblyman Diegnan is a former instructor of law and accounting at Middlesex County College.

A graduate of South Plainfield High School, Assemblyman Diegnan was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Seton Hall University. The Assemblyman and his wife of 35 years, Anita, have two daughters: Heather married to Frank Paragano and Tara, and granddaughters Vanessa and Alexa.
   
Mila-Jasey  Assemblywoman Mila Jasey
State of New Jersey, 27th Legislative District

Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey was first elected in 2007, and is serving her third term representing 14 towns in Essex and Morris Counties. She is Vice-Chair of the Housing & Local Government Committee and a member of the Education Committee. Prior to joining the Assembly, Ms. Jasey served as a Member of the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education for three terms, including two years as President.

During the Assemblywoman’s tenure, more than 25 bills in which she has been a lead sponsor have been signed into law by three governors. These measures address the prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury among student athletes, creation of the TBI Task Force, the NJ HERO Act promoting organ donation, the Mortgage Stabilization and Relief Act, the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Act, creation of solar renewal energy programs, the Traders to Teachers Act, the Vet-Teach Act, the PMI/PSI Act to address the shortage of math and science teachers in N.J. and the NJ HERO Act promoting organ donation. She is also a lead sponsor of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, the strongest in the nation, and the Interdistrict Public School Choice Law.

The Assemblywoman initiated a competitive internship program to encourage students to become aware of and involved in the issues facing the district and learning the intricacies of the Legislature. She has built a reputation as a leader in the area of education. Her efforts have been recognized by the N.J. School Boards Association, the NJEA, Teach for America, the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education and the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission. Mila has an extensive record of community service, including the League of Women Voters, the ACHIEVE Tutoring Program, the South Orange Civic Organization, the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund and the Community Coalition on Race.

Assemblywoman Jasey received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her master’s degree from the Pace University School of Nursing. Mila is married to Neil Jasey, Esq., and they are the parents of three adult children and two grandchildren. She is a former public health nurse.
   
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Senator Kevin O’Toole, Esq.
State of New Jersey, 40th Legislative District

Senator O’Toole was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1995 and served until May 2001. He then served in the State Senate from May 2001 until January 2002. Senator O’Toole was elected again to the General Assembly in 2001 and re-elected twice. He was elected to the State Senate in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Born in Cedar Grove on October 5, 1964, Mr. O'Toole attended Cedar Grove High School and earned his bachelor's degree in political science and public administration in 1986 and his juris doctorate in 1989 from Seton Hall University. He passed the bar exam in 1989 and served a clerkship in the office of the state attorney general.

Mr. O'Toole served a college internship in the office of former Congressman Joseph Minish; as a legislative aide to Assemblyman John V. Kelly; and is former Chairman of the Essex County Republican Committee.

Senator O'Toole also served on the Cedar Grove Town Council from 1989 to 1996 and as Mayor in 1990, 1993 and 1995.

Senator O’Toole has sponsored laws to strengthen domestic violence, enhance penalties for home invasions that put lives at risk, increase penalties for crimes committed during a State of Emergency, and strengthen laws to protect the safety and welfare of children from predators. The Senator sponsored legislation that created the State’s first pre-paid college education expense program (NJBEST 529). He has also sponsored legislation implementing a two percent property tax cap, public employee pension and health benefits reform, and teacher tenure reforms.

Mr. O'Toole and his wife Bethany have two children, Kevin Jr. and Ryan Marie.