SteveK August 12th, 2011
We are pleased to announce the following:
James J. Moloughney, Esq., who is of counsel to the firm, who concentrates his practice in family law matters and is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Attorney and is an approved mediator for matrimonial matters, has been elected President of the Somerset County Bar Association.
Todd Ruback, Esq., who s of counsel to the firm, is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Information Technology (CIPP/IT) and concentrates his practice in internet privacy and technology matters has been appointed Chairman of the Privacy Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Todd will be working with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) to create a seminar on privacy law in New Jersey.
Richard Pompelio, Esq. (Of Counsel) and Nicholas Pompelio, Esq. (associate) have joined the firm.
Rich is the Founder and Executive Director of the NJ Crime Victims’ Law Center (1992 to present) and former Chairman of the NJ Victims of Crime Compensation Board (2003-2005). He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. He teaches at Sussex County Community College and Centenary College. Rich has published a book (Crime Victims’ Rights) and two magazines (Victim Voice). He will be responsible for establishing the Crime Victim Civil Litigation Practice Group for the firm.
Nicholas is a 2008 graduate of New England School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the New England Law Review. He clerked from 2008 to 2009 for Judge Thomas Critchley in the Superior Court, Morris County.
SteveK January 23rd, 2010
In A.G.R. v. D.R.H. ( also known as Robinson v. Hollingsworth), the Superior Court in Hudson County continued the long standing public policy in New Jersey of voiding surrogacy agreements. The New Jersey Supreme Court first established this policy In The Matter of Baby M.
The defendants in the present matter, D.R. and S.H. are a male gay couple, legally married in California. They registered their Domestic Partnership in New Jersey. Defendant, D.R. is the brother of Plaintiff, A.G.R. Twins were conceived using sperm from S.H. and eggs from an anonymous donor. A.G.R. carried the twins, as a gestational surrogate only. The children were born and a consent to adoption was signed by A.G.R. in favor of D.R. and S.H. thus terminating any parental rights she may have had. A.G.R. then contested the gestational surrogacy agreement and sought parental rights. In the Baby M case, the surrogate mother, Ms. Whitehead, was also the natural mother of the child. In this case, however, the Defendants argued that since there was no genetic link between the surrogate mother and the child, the result should be different. Judge Schultz disagreed and on December 23, 2009 ruled in favor of the Plaintiff, by declaring gestational surrogacy agreements to be a violation of the public policy of the State of New Jersey. The court voided the Consent to adoption, declared S.H. to be the father of the twins, and declared that A.G.R.’s parental rights remained undisturbed.
DiFrancesco, Bateman, Coley, Yospin, Kunzman, Davis & Lehrer, PC ( http://www.dbnjlawblog.com) is a full service law firm in New Jersey which provides a broad range of legal services, including the representation of parties in matrimonial and family law matters. For additional information about the matters in this bulletin or in the firm’s family law practice please contact James Moloughney, Esq.