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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/16/03
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Peggy Sheahan Knee Named Secretary Of The New Jersey State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Peggy Sheahan Knee, a Saddle Brook attorney and Glen Rock resident, was installed as secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association on May 15 at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlantic City. Knee is now in line to serve as president of the NJSBA in 2008. She 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 16 years, Knee 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, 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, 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 consultor emeritus, trustee liaison, and as a member of the Uniform Probate Code Revision and ByLaws Committees.

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.

Knee also serves the NJSBA as a member of the Task Force on Diversity, 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, the Magazine editorial board from 1996 to 1998, and served on the Unlawful Practice, Finance and Operations and Nominating Committees of the association. She served as treasurer for New Jersey Lawyer, the Newspaper until recently, and has served on its board of directors since 1999.

Active within the Bergen County Bar Association, 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 Nominating, Elder Law, Bylaws, and Professionalism in the Law Committees, an editorial board member for The Bergen Barrister, and a member and chair of the Legislative Committee. 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.

Knee serves 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, is charged with reviewing the New Jersey Court Rules and the Ethics 2000 Report of the American Bar Association.

Knee is immediate 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, 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, 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 Saddle Brook 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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