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SPSK Womens' Initiative Collects Donations for JBWS

The Charity Committee of the SPSK Women’s Initiative collected over $1,500 in donations for Jersey Battered Women Service (“JBWS”), which provides housing and emotional and financial support to women and children in the Morris County area.  JBWS is a full service, private, nonprofit domestic violence agency.  In addition to housing, JBWS provides counseling, intervention, and legal assistance.

Pictured:  Helen LeFrois, Vice President, Development for JBWS and SPSK attorneys Sandra Calvert Nathans, Valerie Vladyka, and Meghan Hoppe.

Morris County NAACP’s 86th Anniversary Gala

Clifford Dawkins served as Master of Ceremonies for the Morris County NAACP’s 86th Anniversary Gala, held at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Guests included Mayor Timothy Dougherty of Morristown, national representatives from NAACP and local leaders of various organizations.



“United For Justice: A Collaborative Conversation”

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud was a panelist at the November 3, 2017 Minority Student Program Fall Reception held at Rutgers University-Camden School of Law.  The topic was “United For Justice: A Collaborative Conversation.”

Sharmila Jaipersaud


"Having Our Voices Heard"

Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr., was a speaker, representing both Schenck, Price, Smith & King and Rutgers Law School, in a program, "Having Our Voices Heard," in which attorneys and members of the Congressional Black Caucus discussed how lawyers and politicians can support and partner with one another.  The program, held on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and leading universities, including Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Howard, George Washington and Cornell.

Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.

Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.


SABA-NJ 4th Annual Gala

On September 14, 2017, SABA-NJ held its 4th Annual Gala.  The event was held at the Marigold in Somerset, where incoming President, Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, also served as the Gala co-chair.  SABA-NJ is comprised of over 200 members throughout the State.  SABA-NJ is a voluntary association of attorneys and professionals dedicated to the needs, concerns, and interests of the South Asian community in New Jersey.  The event was attended by various business, political and legal pillars in the South Asian community, with close to 200 attendees.


SPSK Attorneys Divya Srivastav-Seth, Crystal West Edwards, Meghan Hoppe, Sharmila Jaipersaud, Raajen Bhaskar and J. Nicole Knox


Community Roundup

On June 29, 2017, SABA-NJ President-Elect Sharmila D. Jaipersaud  was interviewed on Community Roundup for TV Asia.  Community Roundup is hosted by Aditi Lamba.  Aditi interviewed the current SABA-NJ President, Bhaveen Jani, and Ms. Jaipersaud, regarding the membership, the programs, and activities SABA-NJ provides for the South Asian community.  The interview aired on July 7, 2017.   

View the TV Asia Interview


SPSK Scholarship

Melanie Morales, Rutgers Law School, Class of 2018, was the recipient of the SPSK scholarship.  The scholarship was presented at the Garden State Bar Association 42nd Anniversary Scholarship & Awards Gala in Atlantic City by SPSK Managing Partner Gary Werner and Partner Crystal West Edwards, Past President of the Garden State Bar Association. 

GSBA Scholarship

Clifford Dawkins, Crystal West Edwards, Melanie Morales,
John DeMarco, Gary Werner, Raajen Bhaskar
GSBA Scholarship 2

Clifford D. Dawkins, Grammy nominee,
Angie Stone and Crystal West Edwards


SABA President-Elect Supports Diversity Organizations

In her role as President-Elect of the South Asian Bar Association - New Jersey and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Sharmila Jaipersaud has attended a number of events, including the Outstanding 40 Asian Americans in Business Awards and the annual galas of the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association.

SDJ Outstanding 40

At the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards


At the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association annual gala, with Chris Neeman, President of APALA-NJ and Denise Sharperson, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer of the NJSBA

SDJ Crystal West Edwards

At the APALA event with Crystal West Edwards, Immediate Past President of the Garden State Bar Association


Gubernatorial Candidate’s Forum

Clifford Dawkins was the moderator for a gubernatorial candidate’s forum in Morristown sponsored by a number of local organizations.  Five candidates, or their representatives, addressed the audience about issues faced by, and policies affecting, the disabled, minority, LGBT, Muslim, Jewish, working class, young adult and elderly communities.

CDD Moderator Group

From left to right: President of NAACP; President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; President of Black Lives Matter Morristown; State Senator Ray Lesniak (Candidate); President of Young Democrats of Morris County; Assemblyman John Wisniewski (Candidate); Tenafly Borough Council President Mark Zinna (Candidate); Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.; Activist and former firefighter Bill Brennan (Candidate); Representative for Pastor Seth Kaper-Dale (Candidate); President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Reverend William Rogers of The Church of God and Christ; and President of Action Together New Jersey


SPSK Attorney Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.


SPSK Participates and Sponsors MECHA Golf Outing

MECHA Golf Outing

Pictured from left: Michael Downes, TD Bank; Thomas L. Hofstetter, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP; Craig Sinon, Magyar Bank; Tom Thompson-Republic Bank.

Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP was a sponsor and participated in Mercer County Hispanic Association, Inc. (MECHA’s) 15 Annual Golf Outing held Mountain View Golf Course on May 22, 2017.


SPSK In-House Immigration Law CLE

In-House Immigration Law

Pictured from left; Steven Flore, Susan W. Scheer, Esq., Asma Warsi, Esq., SPSK Moderators: Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, Esq. and Michael K. Mullen, Esq.

On May 23, 2017, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP conducted an in-house Immigration Law CLE.  The panelists were both prominent immigration attorneys: Susan W. Scheer, Esq., with a focus on immigration issues from a business owner’s perspective, and Asma Warsi, Esq., with a focus on individual immigration issues.  The panel was moderated by SPSK attorneys, Michael K. Mullen, Esq., and Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, Esq.  The CLE was presented to broaden our lawyers’ understanding of immigration law, particularly in light of significant national developments and related changes in Immigration Law and related procedures.


SPSK Women’s Initiative hosts Second Annual Networking Reception

More than 100 women attended the event at the Park Savoy Estate on May 3, 2017 for a fun evening of networking with friends, both new and old.

Park Savoy Estate Event

Pictured are Crystal West Edwards, Meredith L. Grocott, and our guest speaker, Kate S. Tomlinson.  
Ms. Tomlinson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of New Jersey Monthly.  Ms. Edwards is the Chair 
of the Firm’s Diversity Committee and Ms. Grocott heads the Women’s Initiative.

The SPSK Women’s Initiative is committed to the advancement of women in the workplace.

SPSK Women's Initiative Members

Members of the SPSK Women's Initiative

Shirley Whitenack and Kelly Piacenti

Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq. and 2016 
Guest Speaker Kelly Piacenti


SPSK Celebrates Holi “Festival of Colors”

The SPSK Diversity Committee hosted a Holi celebration to celebrate the arrival of spring. 

Holi Celebration

SPSK attorneys and staff participate in the Holi "Festival of Colors"

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SPSK Women’s Initiative Wear Red in Support of Women’s Heart Health

Women's Initiative Members

Women’s Initiative members wore red in support of American Heart Month and to raise awareness of women’s heart health. On behalf of the Initiative, SPSK made a donation to the American Heart Association.


Paulette Brown Addresses SPSK Attorneys in Diversity & Inclusion Training

SPSK welcomed Paulette Brown, Esq., Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association, on Monday, January 30, 2017 to conduct a firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Training Workshop.

Paulette Brown, Esq.
Workshop 2
Paulette Brown, Esq. with SPSK Attorney Crystal West Edwards, Esq.


Garden State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division’s 2017 kickoff event: “New Year, New Friends Soiree.” 

GSBA 2017 Kickoff

Photo of SPSK attorneys at the Garden State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division’s (GSBA-YLD) 2017 kickoff event entitled the “New Year, New Friends Soiree.”  Pictured from left to right: Clifford D. Dawkins Jr., SPSK Associate, event host , and GSBA-YLD Co-Chair; Crystal West Edwards, SPSK Partner & President of the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA); J. Nicole Knox, SPSK Associate and GSBA Membership Committee Member.


Morris County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

MLK Event

Photo of SPSK attorneys with Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen at the Morris County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.  Pictured from left to right: Crystal West Edwards, SPSK Partner & President of the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA); Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ); Clifford D. Dawkins Jr., SPSK Associate, holding his son, Angelo M. Dawkins.


Sharmila D. Jaipersaud has been named President-Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey

Sharmila Jaipersaud has been named President Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ), a voluntary association of attorneys and professionals dedicated to the needs, concerns and interests of the South Asian community in New Jersey.  The organization supports the professional development and advancement of its members through networking opportunities, educational events, mentoring and advocacy.

Ms. Jaipersaud is a member of  Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s Health Care Law and Corporate practice groups.  She practices primarily in health care transactional matters, working with hospitals, health care systems, physicians, practice groups and other health care professionals.  She has extensive experience with general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, employment matters, real estate, software licensing, EMR agreements, day-to-day operations and other transactional matters.

Sharmila Jaipersaud

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud


SPSK Womens' Initiative Collects Donations for Hope House

The Charity Committee of the SPSK Women’s Initiative collected over $1,500 in donations for Hope House in Jersey City.  This allowed the Committee to purchase gift cards for the 20 women and their children currently residing at Hope House to help brighten their holiday season.

Hope House is an emergency shelter for homeless women with children that helps families become self-sufficient by giving them an opportunity for decision making and for assuming responsibility for improving their situation under the supervision, support, and guidance of shelter staff.  Housing up to 20 mothers and their children, the program offers short-term supervised residence, including three meals a day, assessment/planning, case management, housing, education, food, and clothing.

Hope House

Lillybeth Ramirez, Hope House and Sandra Calvert Nathans, Attorney, SPSK


Crystal West Edwards, Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr. and J. Nicole Knox attended the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.’s Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Edwards, Dawkins and Knox


Edwards, Dawkins and Knox


Crystal West Edwards has been sworn in as President of the Garden State Bar Association

Crystal West Edwards

Crystal West Edwards has been installed as President of the Garden State Bar Association. The Garden State Bar Association is the largest professional organization for African-American judges, lawyers and law students. The organization seeks to improve the administration of justice in the State, the elimination of discrimination based on race and ethnicity, and advance the economic well-being of all the State’s residents.   
An attorney with Schenck Price since 2010, Ms. Edwards focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy, estate planning and estate administration.   Ms. Edwards is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA Accredited National Elder Law Foundation. She is Immediate Past President of the New Jersey chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a member of the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

GSBA Event       GSBA Event 2

GSBA Event 3


Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s Women’s Initiative Networking Reception

Women’s Initiative Networking Reception

More than 100 women were in attendance at a networking event hosted by the Firm’s Women’s Initiative held at the Park Savoy Estate on May 4, 2016.  Pictured are Meredith Grocott, Esq., Guest Speaker, Kelly Piacenti, and Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq.

Ms. Piacenti was named a 2015 Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother Magazine.

Ms. Piacenti has become an advocate in both her personal and professional life for individuals with special needs and their families.  Ms. Grocott and Ms. Whitenack are Partners at the Firm.

The SPSK Women’s Initiative is committed to the advancement of women in the workplace. 


SPSK Women’s Initiative Hosts Food Drive for “Brown Bag Buddies”

Women's Initiative Food Drive

On June 24, 2015, the Schenck, Price Smith & King Women’s Initiative hosted a networking event with the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (“NJAWBO”) at the Firm’s Paramus office.  The event was the culmination of the Firm’s six-week food drive to support “Brown Bag Buddies,” a program headed by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County to provide breakfast and lunch to children from low-income families in Bergen County during the summer when school is out.  A total of 575 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Center for Food Action for distribution to the children.  Shown, from left: Farah Ansari, Attorney SPSK, Erica West, Director of Corporate Engagement, Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc., Meredith Grocott, Attorney SPSK and William Jim James, Regional Manager, Center for Food Action.