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Kate Coscarelli
Sr. Director of Communications

State Bar Association groups offer a helping hand this holiday season

New Brunswick -- Several of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s sections had giving back on the agenda when their members gathered for holiday festivities.

The Labor and Employment Law and Family Law sections devoted part of their holiday parties to collecting toys and raising funds for organizations that benefit kids and victims of domestic violence. In addition, the Military Legal Assistance Program organized a “Toys for Tots” collection that ends Dec. 20, and the Casino Law Section collected donations for the Atlantic County Women’s Center at its holiday party.

Hundreds of new toys were collected at the labor and employment law group’s annual holiday party, said association Trustee Nancy Erika Smith, who has organized the drive since its inception. The toys gathered at the Dec. 4 event at the Maplewood Country Club were donated to Wynona’s House in Newark, which helps victims of child abuse. Santa distributed the toys to children who have been helped by Wynona’s House at its holiday party held in Newark.

The association’s family lawyers raised $8,100 in a silent auction and tricky tray at their holiday event held Dec. 11 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. The funds were donated to Partners for Women in Justice, a Montclair-based organization that works with and offers representation to victims of domestic violence, said Sheryl Seiden, who was involved in the event. The section’s young lawyers group put together the fundraising effort using donations from the section’s lawyers as well as professionals who work with the matrimonial bar, she said.