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For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communiations


McCann takes post as Immediate Past President of State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK -- Kevin P. McCann, co-founder of the Bridgeton law firm of Chance & McCann, will serve a term as immediate past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He took the oath of office earlier this summer at the association’s Annual Meeting and Convention at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.


He was the first NJSBA president from Bridgeton in nearly 100 years since Walter H. Bacon held the post in 1919.


As an officer of the NJSBA, McCann will continue to serve as trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the NJSBA’s philanthropic arm.


McCann said he was proud of the association’s accomplishments during his term as president, especially its many achievements advocating for new legislation and introducing the Benchmarks Civics Project, which trained over 200 judges and lawyers to speak to community groups about the role of the courts.  


“Together, we have helped make New Jersey a better place for the profession and members of the public, and we will continue to do so,” he said.


An NJSBA member since 1975, he served on the association’s Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Taxation Law Section.


He is a past president of the Cumberland County Bar Association, and also served on the Board of Trustees of L.E.G.A.L. from 1988 to 1991.


A member of the Association of Trial Lawyers, McCann served on the association’s New Jersey Branch Board of Governors from 1982 to 1996. He is a member of the American Bar Association, and has been a member of the Mandatory Automobile Arbitration Panel since 1985.


McCann’s community involvement includes service on the Cumberland County College Board of Trustees, and on the Board of Trustees of the South Jersey Drug Treatment Center and on the board of the Alumni Association of Widener Law School.


A former prosecutor, McCann is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a certified trial attorney. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a trial advocate, and is a member of the Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases.


A graduate of Monmouth University and Delaware Law School of Widener University, he received his LLM in tax from Temple University School of Law. McCann sits on the Board of Overseers at Widener.


He lives in Upper Deerfield Township with his wife, Sheila. The couple has

two daughters, Shanna and Kristin, a veterinarian. Shanna McCann is also active with the state bar association, and is a member of the Board of Trustees.