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Honoring Paulette Brown, Esq., Recipient of the Mary Philbrook Award

Women's Political Caucus of NJ 2015 Passion * Power * Progress 
Mary Philbrook Award Honoree 
Paulette Brown, Esq. Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP
President-Elect, American Bar Association 

Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, is president-elect of the American Bar Association.

Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.

Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.

Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.

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January 15, 2015

Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick NJ

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Please join us for a cocktail reception as we honor the following recipients:


Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award

Peg Schaffer, Esq.


Carol Murphy Award

The Honorable Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H


Mary Philbrook Award

Paulette Brown, Esq.


Good Guy Award

William J. Palatucci, Esq.


Corporate Award



President's Award

Gilda M. Morales



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Honoring Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Esq. Recipient of the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award

Peg Schaffer

Click here to learn more about Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Esq. Recipient of the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award.  Cocktail Reception scheduled for January 15th.  For more tickets and sponsorship information, click here.                                                                                              

Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Esq. Managing Principal, Shain Schaffer & Rafanello, P.C. Somerset County Democratic Chair 
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Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Expresses Condolences on Passing of Former Congresswoman Marge Roukema

Marge Roukema (right), Republican congressional candidate, meets with Rep. Millicent Fenwick in Washington to discuss health care needs for senior citizens on Sept. 14, 1978. (Photo credit NorthJersey.com)

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family of former Congresswoman Marge Roukema. Roukema was a trailblazer as New Jersey's longest-serving woman in the House of Representatives and the dean of the New Jersey congressional delegation.  When Roukema retired in 2003, she was the last woman to represent New Jersey in the congressional delegation until Congresswoman elect Bonnie Watson Coleman's historic win last week.




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The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Congratulates Congresswoman-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman for her Historic Election to Congress in New Jersey's 12th District

On November 4th, Congresswoman-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman became the first African-American woman elected to the New Jersey delegation and the first woman elected in over a decade. First elected to the Assembly in 1997, Watson Coleman has spent her career as a proven leader fighting for the women, families, and working people of New Jersey. Amongst her many achievements, she fought to increase the minimum wage and to pass the Paid Family Leave Act. Congresswoman-elect Watson Coleman became the first African-American woman to serve as Assembly Majority Leader and as the Chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.

"Congratulations to Bonnie Watson Coleman on her historic win. She has been a proven fighter for women's issues during her service in the Assembly. Her skills and leadership will be of great benefit to the people of New Jersey," said Michel Bitritto, WPCNJ President. "As an organization, WPCNJ is excited for the advancements made in the mid-term Congressional elections, with a record 100 women serving in the House and the Senate. However, there is still much work to be done and we are proud to have Congresswoman-elect Watson Coleman paving the way for the future of women in politics."

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National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Bonnie Coleman Watson for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District

National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Bonnie Watson Coleman for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District

Washington, DC - The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) proudly endorses Bonnie Watson Coleman as Representative for New Jersey’s twelfth Congressional District.

“Throughout her career, Bonnie Watson Coleman has demonstrated her passion for women’s rights,” said NWPC President Linda Young. “She will no doubt bring the same dedication to the House of Representatives.”

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Democratic Task Force - Volunteers Needed!

Election Day is November 4th!

If you are in the area, or can make a few phone calls, please consider reaching out to offer your time to the following:


There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at any one of the three women Congressional candidates.  Please reach out!


Aimee Belgard for Congress (CD-3)

Email your contact information and availability to volunteer to [email protected]


Janice Kovach for Congress (CD-7)

Contact Cheryl Quinio-Blodgett at [email protected]  

or call (848) 250-8160 


Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress (CD-12)

Contact Derel Stroud at [email protected] or

call (732) 476-9952


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Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey Endorses Kathe Donovan for Bergen County Executive

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The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of Kathe Donovan for Bergen County Executive. 

Jennie Lamon-Mullen, Chair of the WPCNJ Republican Task Force, said, "Kathe Donovan, BergenCounty’s and New Jersey’s first and only elected womanCounty Executive, is an outstanding leader for the people of New Jersey. She has dedicated her career to public service and advancing issues important to women, children and families. In 2011, WPCNJ honored Donovan with the Barbara Boggs Sigmund award for the inspiring example she has set as a public leader."


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The Democratic Task Force (DTF) of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of Mary Dougherty and Arlene Quiones Perez, Esq. for Democratic County Chairwomen.

The Democratic Task Force (DTF) of Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of Mary Dougherty for Morris County Democratic Chairwoman and Arlene Quinones Perez, Esq. for Hunterdon County Democratic Chairwoman.

Mary Dougherty is currently Vice Chairwoman of the Morris County Committee and has served as Chairwoman of the Morristown Democratic Committee for the past 8 years.

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Women's Political Caucus of Welcomes Commissioner Velez to its Annual Meeting; Elects New Executive Board and Board Members

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) held its 41st annual meeting last night and welcomed New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez.  Commissioner Velez graciously shared her experience and said, "We exceed at what we do when we love what we do."

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WPCNJ Announces Endorsement of Candidates for 2013 Legislative Races

On Thursday, October 17th, the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) announced the endorsement of candidates for the November 2013 Legislative race.

Flanked by women from both sides of the aisle including: Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senator Diane Allen, Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Loretta Weinberg, District 18 Assembly Candidate Nancy Pinkin(D), District 25 Senate candidate Maureen Castriotta (I), and District 26 Senate candidate Avery Ann Hart (D), WPCNJ Political Resource Director Shari Weiner announced that the WPCNJ is endorsing thirty-six women in their bids to win seats in the state Senate and Assembly.

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