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Shirley B. Whitenack Receives NJSBA Legislative Recognition Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Shirley B. Whitenack, an East Hanover resident and attorney with Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP in Morristown, was honored with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Legislative Recognition Award in September for her work on the NJSBA-drafted guardianship bill, S-2017/A-3638 (Singer/Weinberg.) The bill promotes, among other things, limited guardianship in such proceedings and autonomy for the mentally incapacitated.

In addition to drafting the bill, Whitenack and others met with staff of the Administrative Office of the Courts to work on amendments to the bill, and met with the AARP and other groups to gain support for the bill.

The annual Legislative Recognition Award is given to acknowledge noteworthy legislative service of NJSBA members.

Whitenack is past chair of the NJSBA Elder Law Section and a current member of the association’s Legislative Committee. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the Morris County Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc. and the Business Advisory Council of OHI Employment Services, which enhances employment opportunities for disabled individuals. Whitenack also serves as a New Jersey Reporter for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

A partner in Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP, Whitenack devotes a substantial portion of her practice to trust and estate litigation and elder and disability law, including surrogate arrangements to protect the elderly and the disabled. She also has a diverse practice in civil litigation on the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts, where she represents clients in various areas, including antitrust, environmental, trade secrets, product liability and contract disputes.

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.