Janelle Edwards-Stewart

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Janelle Edwards-Stewart is an Associate of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in employment and education litigation and counseling. 

Janelle handles an array of school and employment law matters affecting the firm's public and private sector clients in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies, including the EEOC and the New Jersey Department of Labor. She has litigation and counseling experience in numerous areas of employment law, including issues involving wage and hour claims, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing. She also handles a variety of education matters for school board, charter school, and private school for students with disabilities clients. Clients particularly enjoy Janelle's ability to bring about swift, cost-effective, and amicable resolutions, or favorable litigation outcomes, in the alternative. 

Janelle has significant expertise and experience in employee discipline and removal, tenure and seniority, discrimination, student discipline, anti-bullying, and special education matters.   

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Office of the General Counsel for Newark Public Schools, Newark, NJ, Associate Counsel, 2010 - 2015; Law Clerk, Aug 2008 - Apr 2009.
  • New York Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY, Intern, May 2008 - Aug 2008.
  • Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Child Advocacy Clinic, Newark, NJ, Clinical Intern, Jan 2008 - May 2008.
  • Department of the Public Advocate, Trenton, NJ, Intern, Dec 2006 - Jun 2008.
  • Office of the Attorney General, Newark, NJ, Intern, May 2007 - Nov 2007.
Organizations/Memberships
  • American Bar Association - Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section - TIPS Now! Fellows, 2017-2018
  • American Bar Association - Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section - Employment Law and Litigation Committee, Vice-Chair 2016-present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Garden State Bar Association
  • New Jersey School Boards Association
  • New Jersey Association of School Attorneys
  • New Jersey Superior Court of Essex Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns
Speaking Engagements
  • "Boundaries: Staying Behind the Line," Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, Livingston, NJ, June 20, 2017.
  • "Safeguarding Employee Personal Information with Consideration of New NJDOE Annual Disclosure Form and DOE Regulations," ASAH's 4th Annual Symposium for Business Office and Human Resources Personnel, Iselin, NJ, May 19, 2017.
  • "NJDOE Legal & Government Affairs Update," ASAH's 4th Annual Symposium for Business Office and Human Resources Personnel, Iselin, NJ, May 19, 2017.
  • "Personnel Files," ASAH Human Resource Group Meeting, Edison, NJ, March 7, 2017.
  • "Critical Contracts for Your Organization," ASAH Business Managers Workshop, Edison, NJ, December 15, 2016. 
  • "National Labor Relations Board Decisions Affecting Unionized and Non-Unionized Workplaces," National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, December 7, 2016.
  • "ADA in the Workplace and School," Stop My Crisis with Vivian Gaspar, Princeton Community Television, Princeton, NJ, December 2, 2016.
  • "Job Descriptions: Cutting Edge Tips For Ensuring You Get It Right The First Time," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2016.
  • "Employment Law 101: How to Draft PSSD Employee Contracts and How to Handle Health Benefits during Medical and Family Leaves," ASAH's 3rd Annual Symposium for Business Office and Human Resources Personnel, Iselin, NJ, May 13, 2016.
  • "Boundaries: Staying Behind the Line," Confidentiality and Social Media Training, Group Home Administrators, Mt. Laurel, NJ, February 16, 2016.
  • "Boundaries: Staying Behind the Line," Confidentiality and Social Media Training for Durand Academy, Private School for Students with Disabilities, Woodbury, NJ,  January 29, 2016.
  • "Advanced Topics in Family and Medical Leave," Porzio Employment Law Forum, November 20, 2015.
  • "Training Program: Everything You Need To Know About Unions," Morris County, NJ, May 15, 2015.
  • "Key Legal Information All School Nurses Should Know," City of Newark's Annual School Nurses Conference, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, January 29, 2014.
  • "Medical v. School-Based Supports and Services," New Jersey School Boards Spring Law Forum, June 13, 2013.

 

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Education

Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Newark, NJ, J.D. 2009

  • Editor-in-Chief, Rutgers Race & the Law Review
  • 2008 Charles Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship
  • 2009 Public Service Award

Elementary Teacher Certification, CT (2005), NY (2004)

Barnard College-Columbia University, New York, NY, B.A., Psychology, 2004

  • Dean's List
  • Student Achievement Award

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146