We are pleased to be sponsoring the Seton Hall University School of Law Monmouth & Ocean County Alumni Happy Hour on Thursday, June 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Watermark in Asbury Park. Several of DEMLP's attorneys are proud Alum and we are happy to be able to support their evening of reconnecting...Read more
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The firm is pleased to announce that twelve of its lawyers have been named to the 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers list and two were named to the 2018 New Jersey Rising Stars list. The attorneys selected include:Read more
- Robert S. Bonney, a partner at the...
Article from: New Jersey Law Journal - https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2018/04/02/i-saw-sputnik/ OP-ED: Examining the phenomenon of confirmation bias Trials in DWI cases are very challenging. Thoughts swirl through my head at counsel table like so many snowflakes in a March Nor’easter! What makes me really crazy, though, is when officers and troopers try too hard to make...Read more
By Dennis M. Galvin Published in Local Government Law Review, July, 2014. Zoning boards of adjustment are independent, quasi-judicial bodies.[i] Their jurisdiction springs from N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70. Almost everything a zoning board of adjustment does is judicial in nature. Among its quasi-judicial duties is N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(b), which grants zoning boards of adjustment the power to "[h]ear and decide requests...Read more
By Dennis M. Galvin Published in New Jersey Municipalities, November, 2013 Every night, when we have a public meeting, we think about how best to conduct it. It is not possible to manage every aspect of a meeting. Some people feel that any attempt to manage a meeting undermines public participation. After all, public participation is the...Read more
By Dennis M. Galvin Published in The New Jersey Planner, September/October, 2013 Digital signs are becoming the rage. They come in many varieties. Some scroll a single color; some have multiple colors, but limited definition; and some of the newest are like beautiful, big screen TV's. The major concerns regarding this new technology have to do with...Read more
By Dennis M. Galvin, Esq. Published in the New Jersey Planner, November/December 2012 A non-conforming use is a use that was lawful prior to an amendment of a zoning ordinance. A preexisting non-conforming use may continue indefinitely unless it is terminated, abandoned or substantially destroyed. Notwithstanding this entitlement to continued existence, non-conforming uses "are disfavored in that...Read more
By Dennis M. Galvin, Esq. Published in The New Jersey Planner, May/June 2012 This article seeks to explain the roles of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Municipal Zoning Officer, and the limits of their authority. It is essential that each respects the diligent efforts of the other. THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT The Zoning Board of Adjustment...Read more
By Dennis M. Galvin, Esq. Published in New Jersey Municipalities, November 2011 Based upon my experience, the overwhelming majority of New Jersey's appointed and elected officials are in office for one reason and one reason only: to serve the public. The best officials among us are never compensated adequately for the time they invest in our communities....Read more
By Dennis M. Galvin Published in Local Government Law Review, August, 2011 The Federal and State Courts have recently rendered some interesting and instructive cases in the area of “Adult Entertainment.” This article will review these cases and suggest a procedure for managing adult entertainment uses in your community. In the unreported Federal case of MAG Realty, LLC,...Read more
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