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Symposium 2016

Circuit Review hosted its annual Symposium entitled  “Leading with Integrity: Lawyers as Leaders."

The Seton Hall Circuit Review’s 2016 Symposium, entitled “Leading with Integrity: Lawyers as Leaders,” began with Dean Boozang’s remarks, exclaiming "Seton Hall lawyers are leaders." Throughout the three panels, themes and wisdoms about leadership emerged. The first panel was moderated by Seton Hall Law and Paul W. Rodino Professor Paula Franzese. Professor Franzese captured the attention of the room with an inspirational anecdote, reminding attendees to always be aware of who they are, both in legal practice and in one’s personal life. The Honorable Edwin H. Stern, Of Counsel, Gibbons P.C., member of the first panel, illuminated the importance of the people you meet along your career journey. Judge Stern found leadership to be about 4 C’s: commitment, competence, credibility and compassion.

Panelist, Professor Michael Reuter, M.B.A., Director , Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, Seton Hall University, shared a video depicting a coach encouraging his top player to crawl with another player on his back, blindfolded, down the entire length of the football field when the player thought he could not go more than thirty yards. Building on the message of the video, Mr. Reuter said leadership is about “extraordinary results” and “extraordinary being,” “being” meaning who you are. Panelist, Michelle A. Schaap, Esq., Member, Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, P.C. shared, "society has decided that lawyers are leaders," supported by compelling statistics showing how many of our country’s leaders are lawyers.

Dean Mark Alexander, Associate Dean for Academics and Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law and moderator of the second panel, prompted panelists to speak about their experiences in the public and private sectors. Esteemed panelist, The Honorable Peter G. Verniero, Member, Sills, Cummis & Gross P.C.; Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (ret.); former New Jersey Attorney General, talked about the importance of the ability to build consensus to be an effective leader.

Luke P. Iovine, Esq., Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP and Seton Hall Law graduate, reminded everyone that a leader makes decisions and does not just provide advice. There was a positive spirit of learning felt throughout the program as attendees heard that leaders are decision makers who are not afraid to make mistakes. The President of the New Jersey Bar Association, Miles S. Winder, III., Esq., The Law Office of Miles S. Winder, III encouraged attendees to join the bar association as one way to develop leadership skills. Panelists also urged the audience to develop their own leadership style and to be true to themselves.

As attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Newark Club, Noel Thomas, editor in chief of the Circuit Review Journal, introduced the Symposium’s keynote speaker. The keynote address was delivered by Louis R. Franzese, Esq., Vice President, Global Employee and Labor Relations, American Express. Mr. Franzese’s inspirational message was to allow your values to guide your leadership as you practice the law.

The third and final panel was moderated by Mariellen Dugan, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, New Jersey Resources Corporation. The dynamic panel consisted of Joseph Sheridan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Wakefern Food Corp., Jeremy Farrell, Esq., Corporation Counsel, City of Jersey City, and Paul LaCaruba, Esq., Manager of Public Affairs, National Hockey League. Attendees hung on every word spoken by each of these accomplished panelists. The prevailing message from the panel was how leadership can be used to influence an organization.

Mr. LaCaruba, also a Seton Hall Law graduate, emphasized the importance of networking. Attendees were amazed to learn from Mr. Farrell, that the budget of Jersey City exceeds $1 billion. Mr. Farrell’s assent to his position as Corporation Counsel for Jersey City spoke of the power of one’s dedication to public service and how hard work is recognized and rewarded. This very interactive panel included a spirited Q & A, which allowed attendees to learn about the inner workings of a professional sports organization, a large New Jersey city and a large private corporation. With thanks to the Circuit Review Symposium’s editor and architect of this incredible program, Olivia Licata, the Symposium concluded.

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