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For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


McCann takes post as President of State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK -- Kevin P. McCann, co-founder of the Bridgeton law firm of Chance & McCann, has assumed the office of president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He took the oath of office Thursday, May 17, at the association’s Annual Meeting and Convention at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.


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


“I vow to spend the next year ensuring this association remains the leading voice of the profession in Trenton, and enhancing public awareness of the legal profession and legal system through public service and civics education,” McCann said. “Fulfilling these goals is what I promise as president of this association.”


Chief among McCann’s plans is to focus on legislative efforts, including amicus activities and working on legislative proposals, for example one that would reduce the statute of limitations on lawyer malpractice claims to bring New Jersey in line with other states and professions.  In addition, events such as an upcoming town hall meeting with legislators will help the bar association highlight the value it brings to the decision-making process in the state’s capitol.


In addition, McCann announced the inception of the Benchmarks Civics Project, in partnership with the New Jersey Judiciary. Under the program, the state bar association will train lawyers to go into the community to speak about the way the courts work; what it means to be a citizen, and the importance of an independent, fair Judiciary.


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


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.


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

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