News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director |

Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner


April 7, 2021

Somerset County to Host LGBTQ+ ‘Law Night’

Eight of New Jersey’s Top Attorneys Speak About Issues Affecting the LGBTQ+ Community

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Join some of  New Jersey’s best attorneys who specialize in LGBTQ+ law and the Somerset County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board for “Law Night” on Wednesday, April 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., via Zoom and delve into legal issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. Topics to be discussed include family law and adoption, discrimination, employment, and estate planning. Registration is required, visit

“This is a great opportunity to get free information from professionals that know LGBTQ+ law,” said Somerset County Commissioner Melonie Marano, liaison to the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. “An overview about LGBTQ+ legal rights will be given, and then participants can join virtual break-out rooms to discuss issues and ask as many questions as time will allow.”

Speakers include members of the Somerset County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board Frank J. Morano, Esq., and attorney Michael Poreda. Speaking also will be Jodi A. Argentino, Esq.; Stephanie Gironda, associate attorney, employment law team; Deb Guston, Esq.;  Luanne Peterpaul, attorney, partner and principal; Bill Singer attorney, managing partner; and Reid Kress Weisbord professor of law, Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. For more information about the speakers, visit

This is the second seminar in a series of seminars to be held quarterly. The first program was January’s “Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare Settings” anonline workshop with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s BABS Siperstein PROUD Center.

LGBTQ+ Advisory Board Mission Statement

Support diversity in Somerset County, raise public awareness, and advocate for LGBTQ+ residents by promoting justice and equality, ending oppression and inequities, ensuring that all voices in the community are heard, and fostering mutual respect among residents and its leaders.  The Advisory Board will also conduct ongoing outreach, promote education about LGBTQ+ issues, respond to community needs, and recommend positive changes. These and additional future actions will result in measurable outcomes that are lasting and sustainable.

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