The NJSBA’s FLS is made up of more than 1,300 attorneys. Its Executive Committee (FLEC) is not only a leading voice for family lawyers throughout New Jersey, but also organizes and leads educational programs on cutting-edge family law issues. The mission of the FLS is to serve as the statewide leader in the field of Family Law and to promote and protect the concept of “families” in all of its various forms (with special emphasis on the impact of divorce on children).
In her new role as Chair, Seiden will oversee the actions of the FLS as she strives to continue the strength and growth of the Section--both through monitoring current legislative and administrative proposals, rules and statutory changes affecting the FLS, as well as seeking to improve bench/bar relations, and educating the public’s understanding of family law issues.
During her tenure as Chair of the FLS, Seiden plans to focus on several key initiatives, including supporting young lawyers by expanding the mentoring program, examining and establishing consistency in intrastate relocation cases throughout New Jersey, finding new solutions to help children of divorce, advocating to address the conflict between the elective share and equitable distribution statutes, and assisting the Courts in addressing the backlog of family law cases.
“The Family Law Section is so vitally important to the successful practice of family law in the state of New Jersey, and I’m honored to have been given this opportunity to lead the organization in this capacity,” says Seiden. “I’m excited to continue all of the important work that the Section is currently involved in and look forward to making my mark over the course of the next year.”
“Sheryl has been a driving force within the Family Law Section for many years; having already benefitted substantially from her knowledge and leadership, we are truly thrilled to see her take the helm as Chair today,” says Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq., the current Second Vice President of NJSBA and former Chair of the FLS, who graciously spoke for Seiden at her installation. “We look forward to the enthusiasm, expertise, and wealth of new ideas she will bring to the role, and are excited for all of the ways that she will advance the mission of our section.”
Seiden is a seasoned matrimonial lawyer, having practiced family law exclusively since 2000. She has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” and was selected by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star.” Previously, she has been an Officer on FLEC, where she dedicated her time to ensure that the needs and concerns of FLEC and FLS were addressed. She also previously served as co-chair of the FLEC’s Young Lawyer Family Law Subcommittee. She is also a Fellow of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Seiden is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and an author of scholarly articles. She is presently in the process of co-authoring a book titled, Divorce, Alimony & Property Division, to be published by Gann Publishing Company.
A key part of Seiden’s new FLS Chair role will be organizing monthly meetings, meet and greets, and family law seminars, including the Family Law Symposium which draws over 700 lawyers, judges and professionals to learn about cutting-edge family law issues. As Chair of the FLS, she is planning the Annual Family Law Retreat, which will take place in Nashville March 25-29, 2020.
About Seiden Family Law
Seiden Family Law, a New Jersey law firm, provides exceptional legal services for family law matters in a strategic, solution-oriented, and supportive manner. Founding partner Sheryl J. Seiden is a distinguished and trusted lawyer, whose demonstrated record of success has propelled her to the highest ranks of the New Jersey matrimonial bar. Mindful of the stress of divorce and its attendant issues, including disputes over custody and parenting time, Seiden Family Law provides a reassuring atmosphere to support clients with their family law needs. The firm uses a team approach whereby the firm’s large network of other experts and professionals are tapped when needed. Seiden Family law is proud to be ranked as a Best Law Firm in 2018 and 2019 by US News Best Lawyers.