The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council’s “Day of Prayer,” on October 9, was intended to create a space for New Jerseyans from all walks of life to enjoy an hour of music, prayers, meditations, songs, interfaith service and inspiring speeches from community leaders. The event was spearheaded by Community Access Unlimited (CAU), an Elizabeth-based human services agency that has been supporting people who are marginalized in New Jersey. One of the speakers was Schenck Price’s Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, who said, "This event is actually being held in my hometown of Scotch Plains and I truly believe in the idea of unity. I think this is something that is important, especially in this day and age. It's important that we look at how we can come together more than how we are separated. I think events like this bringing people together of many different faiths to pray together and hear each other's prayers and hear each other's thoughts on how we can come together in a time where we were being pulled apart ... are very important."
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP was a Gold Sponsor of the Morris County Chamber Women in Business Luncheon with Kristine Johnson, CBS News New York, held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, New Jersey.
Not pictured: Sean Monaghan, SPSK Partner and Member, Board of Directors, Morris County Chamber of Commerce.
Schenck Price’s Sharmila Jaipersaud, as President of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, presided over the organization’s 5th Annual Gala, on September 13 at The Marigold.
Sharmila Jaipersaud, President of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, attended the SABA North American conference.
On June 1, 2018, Sharmila D. Jaipersaud attended the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) 21st Annual Gala.
Gary Werner, SPSK Managing Partner, presented scholarships at the Garden State Bar Association's 43rd Anniversary Scholarship & Awards Gala to two students -- Diana Felipe, a student at Rutgers School of Law, and Kimberly Lindenmuth, a student at Seton Hall University School of Law.
On June 3, 2018, Sharmila Jaipersaud was a co-organizer and panelist on a program regarding India’s partition in 1947 and the effects on society today. The event was co-sponsored by a number of organizations, including the Sikh American Veterans Association (SAVA), South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ), New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (NJMLA) and the New Jersey Leadership Program.
For the second year, the SPSK Diversity Committee recognized Holi, a Hindu festival to celebrate the arrival of spring. Attorneys and staff were invited to mark the occasion by wearing bright and vivid colors.
In what is now becoming an anticipated annual event, on May 2, 2018, the firm’s Women’s Initiative held a well-attended networking event at the Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park. It was an enjoyable opportunity for women from a wide variety of professions to reconnect with existing business associates and to make new contacts.
Rutgers' Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association's (APALSA) 16th Annual MELA was held in the law school's lower atrium in Newark on March 29, 2018. Approximately 150 guests were in attendance at this year’s event.
Mela, meaning “gathering” in Sanskrit, is a school-wide event that welcomes new and returning students to the Rutgers Law community and commemorates Asian-Pacific American achievements in the legal field.
Among the honorees this year was Sharmila D. Jaipersaud (Rutgers Law '02) a Partner in Schenck, Price, Smith & King's Health Care Law Practice Group as well as the Corporate Practice Group. Ms. Jaipersaud was acknowledged for her achievements in law and her support in the South Asian community.
During Women’s History month this past March, the SPSK Women’s Initiative and the Central & Northern NJ Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners held a joint networking event at SPSK’s Florham Park office. The attendees were asked to donate handbags for Dress for Success Northern NJ.
Pictured: Connie Pizarro, CSA (NAWBO President-elect); Meredith L. Grocott, Esq. (head of SPSK Women’s Initiative); Susana Fonticoba (NAWBO President); and Willa Edgerton-Chisler (Steps2Success Coordinator, Dress For Success).
SPSK’s Sharmila D. Jaipersaud, President of the South Asian Bar Association, co-moderated a panel discussion on “Gun Control in America,” presented by the South Asian Bar Association and TV Asia. The program was a debate featuring different viewpoints in the South Asian community on the contentious issue of gun control.
The program was nationally televised on TV Asia and was also broadcast on Facebook live. Ms. Jaipersaud’s co-moderator was Rohit Vyas, a well-known television personality in the South Asian community.
Panelists : Roshan Shah, Counsel at Scarinci Hollenbeck, Ehsan Chowdhry, founder of EFC Law Practice, Senator Vin Gopal, Monmouth County, Rajiv Parikh, partner at Genova Burns, and Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi, known for pioneering the effort to allow Sikh Americans to wear turbans and have beards while on active duty. Also pictured is HR Shah, president of TV Asia.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SPSK Women’s Initiative is committed to the advancement of women in the workplace.
The SPSK Diversity Committee hosted a Holi celebration to celebrate the arrival of spring.
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.
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.