The sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration will honor Donald C. Clark, Jr. '79, as the 2015 recipient of the Armitage Award; Grace C. Bertone '84, as the 2015 recipient of the Nardi Award; and Hon. Adam J. Taliaferro '08 as the 2015 recipient of the Recent Graduate Award.
Donald C. Clark, Jr. is the general counsel of the United Church of Christ. A graduate of Williams College, Clark served as a litigation partner in two of Chicago's largest law firms (Isham, Lincoln & Beale and McDermott, Will and Emery) and managed his own litigation boutique (Clark & DeGrand) for nearly a decade. Since 2003, Clark has served as the primary legal counsel for the United Church of Christ. He advises the Protestant denomination of over one million members and approximately 5,200 churches on a range of issues, including General Synold of the UCC v. Resinger - the 2014 lawsuit filed by the UCC which found North Carolina's marriage laws to be unconstitutional and brought marriage equality to that state.
Grace C. Bertone is the managing partner of Bertone Piccini LLP, located in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, where she practices in the areas of estate planning and adminstration, real estate law, land use and zoning, foreclosure litigation, and general corporate and business counseling. A former president and longtime board member of the Resource Center of Somerset, which offers protection and services to victims of domestic violence, Bertone has also served as a board member of the Winston School, a private school for elementary students with learning disabilities, and is a current board mamber of the Alumni Assocation Board of Trustees of Rutgers Law School in Camden.
Adam J. Taliaferro was sworn into his first term in the Assembly in January, 2015. He represents the 3rd Legislative District in Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties. As a first-year student at Penn State University, Taliaferro suffered a spinal-cord injury during a football game. He was told that he hand only a small chance of ever walking again, but was able to overcome his paralysis and walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in four months. He has since founded the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which provides emotional, financial, and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration will be held at Tavistock Country Club, located at 100 Tavistock Lane in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Dinner tickets cost $80; for full sponsorship options, including advertising in the program book, contact Terry McCuen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-225-6180.
For more information, contact Lloyd Freeman, Esq. at 856-616-2680.
To register online, visit ralumni.com/DAAC2015.