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Keynote Speaker
Louis Franzese
Louis R. Franzese
Vice President, Global Employee and Labor Relations, American Express

Louis Franzese is a 1991 graduate of Seton Hall Law. After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Murray G. Simon in the Essex County Superior Court Chancery Division. He spent the next seven years practicing law at some of the largest law firms in the state, specializing in the representation of management in labor and employment matters. In 1999, he joined The Hertz Corporation and began his journey leading teams at some of the most iconic and respected companies in the world. He held positions of increasing responsibility at Hertz, culminating with his appointment as Senior Vice President, Labor Relations and Employment Practices. Lou was responsible for overseeing all of Human Resources in the Americas as well as the Labor and Employment legal function. He had over 300 Human Resources and Legal professionals reporting in to him, was responsible for over 150 collective bargaining agreements and oversaw the litigation of hundreds of matters including the now seminal case of Hertz v. Friend which resulted in a favorable 9-0 United States Supreme Court decision reversing eighty-five years of precedent and creating the standard for determining a corporation’s principle place of business for diversity purposes.

Lou next joined Verizon Communications as the Executive Director of Labor Relations with responsibility for all staff functions within the United States. He held that position until early last year when he took on the role of Vice President, Global Employee and Labor Relations at American Express. He currently oversees a global team responsible for all traditional labor matters, including those within the various European Employee Forums as well as all employment related matters affecting the over one hundred thousand American Express employees and contractors worldwide. Lou resides in Cedar Grove, N.J. with his wife – who he met while at Law School – their two sons, and a menagerie of family pets.
Dean Kathleen M. Boozang
Kathleen M. Boozang
Dean and Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Kathleen Boozang has been Dean of Seton Hall Law since July 2015. She has served in multiple administrative capacities during her tenure at Seton Hall, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for eight years and Vice Provost for two years.
Dean Boozang came to Seton Hall in 1990 as the founder of the Law School’s now top-ranked Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. Prior to becoming Dean, she also established the Law School’s graduate degrees, Division of Online Learning and global life sciences compliance training programs.
Dean Boozang teaches a variety of health law courses in person and online including the survey health law course, a course on health care fraud and corruption, and death and dying. In her scholarship, Dean Boozang has dedicated much of her career to nonprofit governance issues with a special focus on religiously sponsored hospitals. In the last several years, however, she has expanded her research and teaching to explore the legal and policy issues related to corporate compliance, with a particular focus on the global life sciences industry.

A full biography of Dean Boozang may be found here.
Mark Alexander Mark Alexander
Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Mark Alexander is a law professor at Seton Hall University, specializing in Constitutional Law and the intersection of Law and Politics. Professor Alexander writes and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Law & Politics, Criminal Procedure, and The First Amendment. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of law, politics and government and on free speech issues. Alexander is active in politics and government: he was Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, having worked on the Obama presidential campaign since January 2007. As Policy Director, he developed Senator Obama’s signature policies, built a network of policy experts and provided overall strategic guidance. Alexander also served as New Jersey State Director in the primaries, running all operations in his home state. In addition, Alexander worked on a wide variety of legal matters and political work and routinely appeared as a surrogate for the campaign. He also served on the Presidential Transition Team, reviewing the Federal Election Commission, as part of the Justice and Civil Rights Team.

Professor Alexander was General Counsel to Cory Booker and the Booker Team in the 2006 Newark Municipal elections and then for Newark in Transition, as Mayor Booker moved to assume the office. Other political work includes serving as Issues Director for the Bill Bradley for President Campaign in 1999-2000. He also worked for U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum, and he served a two-year term as an elected official in the Washington, D.C. government.

A full biography of Dean Alexander may be found here.
Professor Paula Franzese
Paula A. Franzese
Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Professor Paula Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, is one of the country's leading experts in property law as well as government ethics. She has spearheaded ethics reform initiatives on behalf of three governors, serving as Special Ethics Counsel to Governor Richard Codey, Chair of the State Ethics Commission, Vice-Chair of the Election Law Enforcement Commission and as ethics advisor to state and local governments across the country, including Mayor Cory Booker's administration in Newark. In 2014, Professor Franzese was appointed Vice-Chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions.

A full biography of Professor Franzese may be found here.
Mariellen Dugan Mariellen Dugan
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, New Jersey Resources Corporation

Mariellen Dugan is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of New Jersey Resources Corporation (NJR). NJR is a Fortune 1000 company and a member of the Forbes Platinum 400, providing retail and wholesale energy services to customers in New Jersey and in states from the Gulf Coast to New England, and Canada. Ms. Dugan is responsible for developing and directing the corporate legal function, including litigation management, general corporate and securities matters, corporate governance and compliance. She is a member of the Executive Management Committee and is involved in strategic business planning and policy-making.

Prior to joining NJR, Ms. Dugan was a member of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, first as Chief of Staff and then as First Assistant Attorney General. A veteran litigator, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and was of counsel to the law firm of Marino & Associates in Newark, New Jersey.
Ms. Dugan received her juris doctor degree from Seton Hall Law School in 1991. From 1991 to 1992, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise, United States District Judge, D.N.J. Ms. Dugan has taught as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School and served as Vice Chair of the SHL Board of Visitors. She is a member of the Legal Committee of the American Gas Association.

Paul Lacaruba

Paul LaCaruba
Manager of Public Affairs, National Hockey League

Paul LaCaruba is the Manager of Public Affairs at the National Hockey League (NHL). In this capacity, Paul is involved in the League’s corporate social and environmental responsibility efforts, government affairs and partnerships. Paul is a graduate of New York University and Seton Hall University School of Law.
Edwin Stern The Honorable Edwin Stern
New Jersey Appellate Division Judge (ret.); Of Counsel, Gibbons P.C.

Edwin H. Stern joins Gibbons as Of Counsel upon completing his temporary assignment to the New Jersey Supreme Court from September 8, 2010 until his mandatory retirement in June 2011.

Mr. Stern began his judicial career in 1981 when he was appointed to the bench by then-Governor Brendan T. Byrne. He served in the Superior Court Law Division in Hudson County and Essex County before he was elevated to the Appellate Division in 1985. In 1998, Judge Stern became a presiding judge in the Appellate Division and then, in 2004 became the Presiding Judge for Administration of the Appellate Division.

Over the course of his judicial career, Judge Stern authored more than 3,000 opinions including more than 400 published opinions. He was on many Supreme Court committees including serving as the judicial representative on the New Jersey Sentencing Commission and the Commission on Professionalism in the Law. He taught at the New Jersey Judicial College since 1974; gave the Weintraub lecture at Rutgers Law School - Newark in 2008; gave lectures at various law schools; and has written many articles including law review articles in the Rutgers Law School - Newark and Camden Law Reviews.

In the mid-1970s, Mr. Stern chaired the Supreme Court’s first Task Force on Juvenile Justice and was a member of the committee that drafted the present Rules of Evidence. From 1988 to 2011, he chaired the Criminal Practice Committee. On the national stage, Mr. Stern is a member of the Council of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeal (CCJSCA). He was chair of the CCJSCA Administration of Justice Committee and a member of its Executive Committee. He is a qualified mediator included on the roster of court-approved mediators in New Jersey. Mr. Stern is currently a member of the New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board and the American Law Institute. He is also a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Mr. Stern was in private practice and served as First Assistant and Acting Prosecutor in Hudson County. He also served as Director of Criminal Practice and Assistant Director for Legal Services in the Administrative Office of the Courts and worked in the Department of Law and Public Safety, where he became Deputy Attorney General in charge of Appellate Litigation in the Division of Criminal Justice and was actively involved in the drafting and implementation of the Code of Criminal Justice (Title 2C).
Peter Verniero The Honorable Peter G. Verniero
Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (Ret.); former New Jersey Attorney General; Chair, Corporate and Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups, Sills, Cummis & Gross P.C.

Peter G. Verniero is chair of the Corporate Internal Investigations and Appellate Practice Groups at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
He joined that firm in 2004 after a decade of service in senior positions within the executive and judicial branches of state government, including chief counsel to New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, the governor’s chief of staff, Attorney General of New Jersey and associate justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
As justice, Mr. Verniero authored and signed 124 judicial opinions on a wide array of civil and criminal law questions. His opinions have been cited by courts throughout the country, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and courts at different levels in California, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Alabama and Hawaii.

Since returning to the private sector, Mr. Verniero has served on numerous committees. For example, he formerly served as chair of the Professional Responsibility Rules Committee, appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court; the New Jersey Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education, appointed by that same Court; and the Judicial Advisory Panel, appointed by Governor Christopher J. Christie.
Since 2010, Mr. Verniero has served as the author and annotator of the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey, a widely used reference guide for the legal profession, published by Gann Law Books.
He earned his law degree, with honors, from Duke University School of Law and his undergraduate degree, with highest honors, from Drew University.
Michelle Schaap Michelle Schaap
Member, Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi

Michelle Schaap represents a varied client base that ranges from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, closely held businesses. She practices primarily in the areas of corporate law, construction law, technology law, commercial transactions and franchising.

Michelle represents entities in multimillion-dollar acquisitions and sales, and also counsels small enterprises in the growth and development of their businesses. She also negotiates employment agreements, separation agreements and restrictive covenants.
Michelle also devotes much of her practice to the negotiation of complex construction-related agreements, including construction management, architect and design-build agreements. Her experience includes extensive projects, including a multimillion-dollar biotech research facility, design-build agreements for various amusement rides, and working with various clients to develop form agreements for planned expansion. To complement her extensive experience in this field, Michelle recently earned her construction project management certification. Complementary to Michelle's construction work is her experience in negotiating solar power agreements on behalf of both property owners and installers. She also regularly handles the negotiation of software licensing and development agreements and represents application service providers (ASPs) and software developers. In addition, she counsels clients in protecting their intellectual property portfolios.

A logical outgrowth of Michelle’s corporate, construction and technology practice is her growing franchise practice that includes working with numerous franchisees, guiding them through the complexities of franchise documents and helping small businesses explore franchising as a means to grow their enterprises.
Michael Reuter Dr. Michael Reuter
Director, Leadership Institute, Seton Hall University

Professor Reuter is the Director of the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, a unique program to develop students’ competencies in leadership, that is ranked # 1 nationally among educational leadership programs. Prior to joining the Stillman faculty, Professor Reuter was an executive coach and mentor and implemented many successful organizational change management initiatives in major corporations. He writes a weekly blog, Three Minute Leadership, for a broad spectrum of business leaders, students and people he coaches and mentors, which addresses various topics on the subject of leadership. Professor Reuter is a thought leadership writer for American Entrepreneurship Today® and a keynote speaker on leadership at various events. He is the founder of the Seton Hall Leadership Forum dedicated to bringing Seton Hall University to national prominence as a recognized institute for leadership development and learning. Professor Reuter is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Advocacy Association (USHAA), and serves as the Board’s Ambassador for Leadership. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for WitnessHOPE, former Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raise Hope Foundation and a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Institutional Advisory Board. He is President of Michael M. Reuter and Associates, LLC, a leadership consulting firm.
Jeremy Farrell Jeremy A. Farrell
Corporation Counsel, City of Jersey City, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

On July 1, 2013, Jeremy A. Farrell was appointed Corporation Counsel for the City of Jersey City. Mr. Farrell heads the Department of Law, which represents Jersey City in all legal matters and advises the Mayor and City Council on legislation and policy initiatives.
Mr. Farrell is a 2003 graduate of McGill University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Development. He received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2007. While attending Seton Hall Law School, Mr. Farrell was a Chancellor Scholar and Distinguished Scholar. He also served as a member of the Seton Hall Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and a Student Bar Association Senator.

Upon graduating from law school in 2007, Mr. Farrell joined McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP (“McElroy”), one of New Jersey’s prominent law firms. In 2008, he left McElroy to serve as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Dennis M. Cavanaugh, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey. He returned to the firm in the fall of 2009. At McElroy, Mr. Farrell practiced Commercial Litigation, Municipal Law, Condemnation Law, Construction Litigation, and Bankruptcy.
Luke Iovine Luke P. Iovine
Partner, Paul Hastings

Luke Iovine is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Iovine’s practice is primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters, where he represents public and private companies in mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, and a variety of other joint venture and business combination transactions. He has represented numerous companies in the telecommunications, media, financial services, pharmaceutical, software, real estate, and biotechnology industries.
Miles Winder Miles S. Winder, III
The Law Office of Miles S. Winder, III

Miles S. Winder, III born Neptune, New Jersey March 2, 1947, admitted to bar 1972 Colorado and New Jersey, 1983 Florida.
Education: Oberlin College AB 1969, University of Denver JD 1972.

Professional Affiliations: Municipal Court Judge, Bernardsville, NJ 2012 - 2015; Member New Jersey Supreme Court Municipal Practice Committee 2013 to date, President 2015-16, President Elect 2014, First VP 2013, Second VP 2012, Treasurer 2011, Secretary 2010, Member of Executive Committee New Jersey State Bar Association 2010 to date, Trustee 2003-2009 NJSBA, Trustee New Jersey State Bar Foundation 2009-present, Member Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee NJSBA 2009-2010, 2014 to date, Consultor 1987-present, Chair 1992 Board of Consultors Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section of New Jersey State Bar Association; Delegate American Bar Association House of Delegates 2014-present; Member, Trustee and past President 1999 Somerset County Bar Association; Member New Jersey, Florida, American and Somerset County Bar Associations; Member Predeath Planning Committee Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section ABA; listed in Who's Who in American Law; Chair District XIII Fee Arbitration Committee, 1989; Chair District XIII Ethics Committee, 1993; Special Master for Complex Ethics Matters New Jersey Supreme Court, 1995-present; Counselor Joseph Halpern David Furman Inn of Court; Municipal Prosecutor, Bernards Township, 1972-1978, Peapack & Gladstone 1974-1984, Far Hills 1974-1984, Bernardsville 1994 – 2012, Shared court Bedminster, Bernardsville, & Peapack Gladstone 2016, Dunellen 2009-2013, Deputy Municipal Prosecutor Green Brook 2006 to 2013, Montgomery 2009 to 2011; Tewksbury Township Board of Adjustment Attorney, 1974 to March 2007.
Bar Association Committees: Legislative Committee, Judicial Administration Committee, Trustee Liaison Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, Paralegal Committee, Land Use Committee, Member Section Committee Taskforce, Chair Finance and Operations Committee, Member of the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission 2006, Planning Committee 2005 Board of Trustees Retreat, Chair Infrastructure Committee 2007, Co-Chair Meetings, Arrangement and Programs Committee 2008-2011; Member, Ethics Diversionary Program Committee 2009-2011; Member Special Civil Part Committee 2009-2011; Member Insurance Benefits Committee 2009-2012.

Community Commitments: Professor, Raritan Valley Community College Legal Assisting Program, 1995-present; Member Advisory Board Raritan Valley Community College Paralegal Program, President Community Chest Somerset Hills/United Way 1991, Vice-President Bernardsville Library Board, Somerset Art Association Trustee 2008. Practice Specialties: Estate Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Estate Planning and Administration, Contracts, Real Estate, Commercial, Ethics.

Firm Affiliations: Wharton, Stewart & Davis 1972 - 1979 Associate; Partner 1979 - 1986; Ozzard Wharton Partner 1986 - 1994; sole practitioner 1994 - present. Publications: New Jersey Estate Administration, New Jersey Practice West, 1994; Special Editor with Peggy Sheahan Knee New Jersey Lawyer Magazine April 1996. Lecturer: ICLE Municipal Court Practice Annual Drunk Driving Seminar, Trust and Estate Practice; Middlesex County Bar Association Annual Drunk Driving and Municipal Court Seminar
Resident Borough of Bernardsville 1978-date; office located 12 Quimby Lane, Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Joseph Sheridan Joseph Sheridan
President and Chief Operating Officer, Wakefern Food Corp.

Joe Sheridan serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. He joined Wakefern in 1976 as a Warehouse Selector and worked in numerous logistics, finance, procurement and management positions in the Grocery, Direct Store Delivery, Bakery, Health and Beauty Care, Non Foods and Pharmacy divisions.

In 1991, Joe was promoted to Vice President of Direct Store Delivery and the following year to Vice President of HBC, Non Foods and Pharmacy. He was named Senior Vice President of Marketing in 1994 and then, in 1996, he was promoted to the role of Executive Vice President. He held that position for 15 years before becoming Wakefern’s President and COO in 2011.

Joe served as Board Chairman for the National Grocers Association (NGA), a trade association representing independent retail and wholesale grocers, from 2012 through 2014, and he currently sits on the Board and Executive Committees of both the NGA and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). He is a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for GS1, a nonprofit organization that designs and manages a global system of supply chain standards, and he was named Chairman of GS1’s Finance and Audit Committee in 2012.
That same year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association presented Joe with its Collaboration Leadership Award for his work in fostering significant cooperation among trading partners to better serve the industry and consumers.
In June 2015, Joe was recognized by Kean University for his outstanding achievements in business and philanthropy when he received the school’s prestigious William Livingston Award. He serves as Chairman on the Board of Advisors for Kean University’s College of Business and Public Management (Union, NJ) and is on the Board for the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business (South Orange, NJ). He was also elected to the Seton Hall Board of Regents.

Joe was acknowledged at the 2014 New Jersey Food Council Night of Distinction, an event highlighting industry professionals who have made a meaningful contribution to the food industry, and he received the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award for his work in advancing the industry.

Joe is a past Embrace Kids Board member and was honored in 2013 by the Embrace Kids Foundation for his work with the foundation, which supports families of children battling cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. He’s also received the President’s Award from the Hillsborough Educational Foundation and the Breath of Life Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In 2009, Supermarket News named Joe its Marketer of the Year.
A graduate of Kean University (formerly Kean College of New Jersey), Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science. He and his wife, Joan, reside in Hillsborough, NJ; they have three children.