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Director of Communications and Media Relations

Association Names New Director of Communications

NEW BRUNSWICK – The state’s premiere lawyers group today announced that veteran legal affairs reporter Kate Coscarelli joined the New Jersey State Bar Association as the new Director of Communications and Media Relations.

She joins the association after working for over a decade at the Newark Star-Ledger, the largest daily newspaper in the Garden State. She began with the association on Oct. 27 and will oversee news content, media relations and speechwriting.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kate to the association,” said Executive Director Angela C. Scheck. “Her background as the state’s preeminent legal reporter will be an asset to the NJSBA and its membership as she has a deep understanding and knowledge of issues affecting lawyers and the legal profession.“

Coscarelli added: “After years of covering the legal world, I am pleased to have a chance to work on some of the issues that matter most to the state’s lawyers and citizens. I am excited to work for the New Jersey State Bar Association which strives to guarantee the public’s right to access the justice system and ensure there is fairness in the process.”

The addition enhances the NJSBA’s communications efforts and broadens the focus to include traditional and electronic media, Scheck added.

“We want to ensure that we communicate with our members as thoroughly and efficiently as possible,” she said. “Kate will focus on traditional print media and be our liaison to the press, and I am pleased to announce that Barbara Straczynski will expand on our initiative to focus on digital and electronic communications as our Director of New Media Communications and Promotion.”

At The Star-Ledger, Coscarelli was a prize-winning legal analyst and journalist. She covered everything from town council meetings to the fatal Seton Hall dormitory fire and the New Jersey Supreme Court. She also worked for the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick and The New York Times in Trenton. She is a graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

She now lives in Springfield with her husband and two daughters.

The New Jersey State Bar Association is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public and to reforming and improving the legal system. It encourages involvement in voluntary pro bono activities and supports the fair administration of justice. Incorporated in 1899, it is the state’s largest lawyers group. Visit the Association’s website at