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November 10, 2020

Shirley U. Emehelu Invited to USCCR Panel Briefing Discussing Civil Rights Implications of New Jersey's Forfeiture Legal Process

Shirley U. Emehelu, a Member with Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC’s (“CSG”) Litigation Group and co-leader of the firm’s Banking & Finance practice, has been invited by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ (“USCCR”) New Jersey Advisory Committee to participate in a virtual panel briefing – “Legal Process of Asset Forfeiture in New Jersey” – on November 17, 2020 at 2:15 PM.

The briefing will explore the civil rights implications of New Jersey’s criminal asset forfeiture laws and practices, a topic of critical national importance and part of the ongoing dialogue around needed reforms to the U.S. criminal legal system.

The Committee and discussion will benefit from the insight Shirley gleaned after a nearly decade-long tenure as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she served as Chief of Asset Recovery and Anti-Money Laundering, as well as her current private practice focusing on complex commercial litigation, financial regulatory compliance, white collar defense, corporate and government investigations, and asset recovery.

Shirley will be joined in the discussion by Christine Hoffman, Acting Gloucester County Prosecutor, and Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr. of the Law Office of Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr.

The panel will run for approximately two hours and, immediately after its conclusion, the Committee will hear statements from interested members of the public who wish to share their experiences and knowledge on the topic.

About the USCCR

Established as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency, the USCCR’s mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. The USCCR pursues this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. The USCCR plays a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public.

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