NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Christie Institute for Public Policy, working in partnership with Seton Hall University School of Law, today announced a series of conversations on the benefits of bi-partisan public service to our nation.
This series, which will take place through virtual, live monthly video conversations during the Law School’s 2021 spring term, will be conversations between former Governor Chris Christie and leaders who have served our state and our country in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. The Spring Series will launch on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., with a conversation hosted by Governor Christie and featuring New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Anne Patterson, and former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Walter Timpone. Additional dates for the Series are March 16th and April 22nd, 2021. Participants will be announced shortly.
“It has never been clearer that we need the best, brightest and most ethical law students and lawyers engaged in developing and executing sound public policy for our states and our country,” said Governor Christie. “It is our hope that this series of conversations will inspire law students and recently-graduated lawyers to consider devoting part of their careers in service to this noble cause. Public service is not only vital for our country, but extraordinarily rewarding for those who serve and want to make a difference. We will also address the practicalities facing recent graduates in these conversations, including how to secure meaningful jobs in the public sector, and how to pay your student loans while serving the public good.”
“Seton Hall Law has a long history of graduates in service of the public,” said Kathleen Boozang, Dean of Seton Hall University School of Law. “The Christie series will support our efforts to sustain that commitment. Especially now, Seton Hall Law wants to introduce our students and recent grads to public servants who can explain the pathway to the executive, judiciary, or legislature. It’s our job to make sure they are well-prepared. Both Justices Patterson and Timpone dedicated part of their legal careers to public service even before being elevated to the New Jersey Supreme Court by Governor Christie. Their career paths show that anything is possible, and I know that will inspire our students and graduates.”
Anne Patterson, an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, was nominated by former Governor Chris Christie to the Court in 2011. She was re-nominated for tenure by Governor Phil Murphy in 2018. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School. She was formerly a partner at Riker Danzig, Scherer Hyland & Perretti in Morristown, and a former Deputy Attorney General and Special Assistant to former NJ Attorney General Peter Perretti Jr.
Walter Timpone, a former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, was nominated by former Governor Chris Christie to the Court in 2016. He retired from the Court in August 2020, and now serves as Senior Counsel to Calcagni & Kanefsky in Newark. He is a graduate of St. Francis College, New York University, and Seton Hall University School of Law. He formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark and led the Office’s Special Prosecutions Division. He was formerly a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.
Those interested in participating in the Spring Series may register online through: law.shu.edu/ChristieInstitute.
For more information on The Christie Institute for Public Policy please visit https://www.christieinstitute.com.
About The Christie Institute For Public Policy
The Christie Institute for Public Policy was formed in 2019 by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, working in partnership with Seton Hall University Law School. The Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization, will foster the understanding of major public policy issues facing our nation through a nonpartisan perspective.
The Christie Institute was founded to provide a forum for open discussions on matters of national and international significance. The Institute will host quarterly public policy lectures, award scholarships to law students committed to careers in public service, and engage in the development of public policy initiatives through sponsored research.
The Institute hosted its inaugural event on September 26, 2019 by welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York for a discussion with Governor Chris Christie. The two Governors had a thoughtful and engaging conversation on what is needed to restore bipartisanship in governing, and how their personal relationship led to their successful joint efforts in governing, with special emphasis on their work during Superstorm Sandy. The lecture in full is available for viewing on the Institute website (https://www.christieinstitute.com).