Tag: Donald Scarinci

In New Jersey, Justice May Not Be Denied, But It Will Be Delayed

New Jersey faces a serious shortage of trial court judges, and the growing judicial vacancy rate will soon impact how long it takes for cases to be decided. In Essex County, the shortage prompted Assignment Judge Patricia Costello to suspend complex civil litigation and all matrimonial trials for at least

Kwon’s Failure to Withdraw Makes History

Judicial nominees who withdraw their names when they know they don’t have the votes for confirmation are never remembered very long. Philip Kwon, on the other hand, has made his mark on New Jersey legal history by either becoming the first or one of very few nominees to the New

When Will Same-Sex Marriage Litigation Reach the Supreme Court?

President Barak Obama made headlines last week when he announced his support for same-sex marriage. The announcement follows his decision earlier this year to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in same-sex marriage litigation. While both of these actions help advance efforts to make same-sex marriage legal throughout

Could OPRA Lead to Privacy Concerns for New Jersey Citizens?

The debate on the balance between individual privacy and the public’s right to information about public business is back in the center of attention as the New Jersey State Legislature continues to debate the state’s open government laws. Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli announced his plans to introduce legislation that would

Just How Far Away Must a Strip Club Be? New Jersey’s “Buffer Zone” Law Challenged

Whether Hott 22, a strip club in Union Township since 1995, can remain open depends how it measures up—with a tape measure.  A federal court in this New Jersey lawsuit will now decide how to measure the “buffer zone”—with a tape measure held from point A to point B as

Is Your Town Ready to Comply With NJ’s New Environmental Remediation Rules?

Sweeping changes to the way contaminated sites are remediated in New Jersey are taking place this spring. To comply with the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), municipalities and government entities must hire New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) for remediation work.   The deadlines imposed by the New Jersey Department

Does New Jersey’s Proposed Internet Gambling Law Sidestep Constitutional Challenges?

Legislation to legalize Internet gambling in New Jersey is moving forward. On March 5, the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee voted 3-0 in favor of the bill. Unlike the prior version of the bill introduced last year, the current legislation is designed to sidestep the need

Is It Unconstitutional For New Jersey Schools to Punish Students for Off-Campus Activities?

There are several lawsuits pending across the state of New Jersey that seek to invalidate overreaching school conduct policies on off-campus activities. The policies have drawn criticism from parents and students because they seek to impose disciplinary sanctions for illicit activities, including drug and alcohol use, that occur off school