News & Events

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.

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.

Members of the SPSK Women's Initiative


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. 


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


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

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.                                                       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.” 


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

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 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.

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.



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.



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.