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Peggy Sheahan Knee Named President-Elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Peggy Sheahan Knee, a Hackensack attorney and Glen Rock resident, will be installed as president-elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) on May 17, 2007 at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlantic City. Ms. Knee is in line to serve as president of the NJSBA in 2008, will be the sixth woman to hold that office, and will be the first NJSBA president who practices in the field of elder law. She also serves as trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the NJSBA’s philanthropic arm.
An NJSBA member for more than 20 years, Ms. Knee was honored on April 5, 2005 by the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section with a special recognition award for work in enacting revisions to the New Jersey Probate Code, Title 3B of the New Jersey Statutes, along with fellow members of the section’s Uniform Probate Code Subcommittee. The revisions to the New Jersey Probate Code were signed into law by Governor James McGreevey on August 31, 2004.
She received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Legislative Recognition Award in September 2004 for her work on probate matters dealing with inheritance tax laws, the Uniform Probate Code and legislation that risked the property rights of children by establishing trusts under the control of their parents in response to September 11th victim’s requests.
Ms. Knee also received the New Jersey State Bar Association Legislative Service award in September 2000 in recognition of her work as co-author of the revised Power of Attorney Statute. The act clarified and expanded the law governing the use of powers of attorney and was signed into law by Governor Christine Whitman on Sept. 8, 2000.
Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as an elder law attorney, Ms. Knee has been a member of the NJSBA board of trustees since 1998, and served as chair of the association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section from 1995 to 1996. Within the section, Ms. Knee served as vice chair of the Probate Committee, as newsletter co-editor, and as a member of the Living Will Committee. She presently serves the section as a consultor emeritus.
Ms. Knee has been instrumental in obtaining passage of legislation addressed by the NJSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. She served as chair of the Power of Attorney Revision Committee from 1996 to 1999, culminating in enactment of legislation in 2000. She was a member of the Steering Committee for Uniform Probate Code Legislative Submission in 2002, and the principal author of a position paper for the section’s effort to revise and reform New Jersey Estate Tax Legislation in 2002.
Ms. Knee also served the NJSBA as a member of the Ad Hoc Bylaws Review Committee, as a member and trustee liaison of the Elder Law Section, and as a member and former chair of the Women in the Profession Section. She was vice chair and then chair of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine editorial board from 1996 to 1998. Ms. Knee served as Vice Chair of the Task Force on Sections, Committees and Infrastructure, the Task Force on Diversity, and Unlawful Practice, Finance and Operations and Nominating Committees of the association. She is a former treasurer for New Jersey Lawyer, the Weekly Newspaper, and served on its board of directors.
Active within the Bergen County Bar Association, Ms. Knee served as chair of the county association’s Probate Committee from 1998 to 1999, and she is currently co-chair. She is a member of the Elder Law, Bylaws, and Professionalism in the Law Committees, an editorial board member for The Bergen Barrister,and a member of the Legislative Committee. Ms. Knee also served on the county bar’s Ad Hoc Committee for World Trade Center Disaster Relief, coordinated a training program for Bergen County lawyers and was a panelist for the initial training session.
Ms. Knee served as a member of the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Pollock Commission, chaired by retired Associate Justice Stewart G. Pollock, was charged with reviewing the New Jersey Court Rules and the Ethics 2000 Report of the American Bar Association.
Ms. Knee is a past president of the Northern New Jersey Estate Planning Council, a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the American Bar Association and Women Lawyers in Bergen County.
Since 1990, Ms. Knee has been a lecturer for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), and in 2002, she was recognized with the ICLE Distinguished Service Award.
A graduate of Fordham College and Fordham University School of Law, Ms. Knee earned a masters in taxation law degree while attending New York University School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey, New York and Florida bars and is a partner in the Hackensack law firm, The Knee Law Firm, LLC, where she practices estate planning and administration, and elder law.
The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.
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