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DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC
01/08/2019

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

THREE KINGS DAY EVENT AT SPANISH COMMUNITY CENTER (2019 BUENA-LANDISVILLE)

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC
01/04/2019

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

HAPPY DIA DE LOS REYES (EPIPHANY) AT PLEASANTVILLE'S NORTH MAIN STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

As the 12th day of Christmas approaches this weekend, I would like to thank Sgt. Greg DiPiano (Toys for Kids), Sheriff Eric Scheffler & Warrant Officer Tim Reed (Atlantic County Sheriff's Office), and dozens of family, friends and clients whom contributed hundreds of toys for children at Pleasantville's North Main Street School (NMSS - my alma mater).
As a result of their generosity over 100 Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students received toys this morning in celebration of Dia De Los Reyes.
Many thanks to my sweet Linda Mae for all her efforts with organizing and packing the toys; Durann Neil, Jr., Esq. for transporting me and the toys to NMSS; Principal Teresa McGaney-Guy, and her incredible educators and staff for welcoming us to NMSS this morning.
Seeing the children's art work/crowns, hearing them sing/laugh, and seeing their smiles was a great way to start the holiday weekend.
I encourage my family, friends, colleagues and clients to take a moment over this weekend and give your time, talents and/or resources to make our community a better place for others.

09/26/2018
DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

FUGITIVE SAFE SURRENDER FOR ATLANTIC COUNTY &
CAPE MAY COUNTY RESIDENTS-FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH (9:00AM)

STOP RUNNING,
START LIVING AGAIN
Community Safe Surrender Event

LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH
1248 Route 9 South, Cape May Court House, NJ
Friday, September 28, 2018 from 9am to 2pm

Please Bring Gov't Identification: Driver’s License, Photo ID, School ID, or Birth Certificate

Outstanding Bench Warrants for most Municipal and Superior Court matters
originating in Cape May and Atlantic County will be addressed
(for example - traffic, criminal, child support, and juvenile complaints)**.

**MOST Municipal and Superior Court warrants will be recalled for Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Participants with outstanding matters in
Middle Township, Woodbine, Lower Township, Wildwood, and West Wildwood Municipal Courts
will have the opportunity to see a judge that day.

Atlantic and Cape May County Municipal Court time payments with an active warrant will be addressed on site.
Warrants originating in other counties will NOT be recalled.

Participants will be given proof of attendance to bring to any out of county municipalities.
________________________________________________________
Representatives from local social service and public agencies will be available
for the following services:

HOPE ONE van
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
Legal Assistance
Housing Assistance
Veteran’s Assistance

Se Habla Español
NO ONE WILL BE ARRESTED!

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC
09/14/2018

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

100 BOOK BAGS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO 2ND AND 3RD GRADERS AT PLEASANTVILLE'S NORTH MAIN STREET SCHOOL.

Jonathan Diego, Esq. (Special Counsel to DWYER & BARRETT, LLC), and his wonderful wife, Linda provided 100 book bags to four classes of grade school students in Pleasantville.
Substantial assistance, in purchasing the school supplies (which were placed into all 100 book bags) were provided by Ellen Loughney, Esq. and the Atlantic County Bar Association. Additionally, many thanks to the Pleasantville Police Department for the assistance they provided with distributing the 100 book bags and school supplies..
When we all work together, small community service projects help to ensure our communities are better places to live, work and play. Be the change.

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC
08/19/2018

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

100 BOOK BAGS NEED SUPPLIES FOR GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS.

Jonathan Diego, Esq. (Special Counsel to DWYER & BARRETT, LLC), and his wonderful wife, Linda recently purchased 100 book bags for grade school students in Pleasantville.
If anyone would like to contribute supplies, suitable for grade school aged children (crayons, glue sticks, children's scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, etc.) please feel free to call or text Mr. Diego, on his personal cell phone (609/432-4651), and he will be more then happy to pick up same.

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC
08/04/2018

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

JONATHAN DIEGO, ESQ. APPEARS ON LATINO MOTION TO DISCUSS LEGAL ISSUES.

Jonathan Diego, Esq. (Special Counsel to DWYER & BARRETT, LLC) recently appeared on Latino Motion to discuss a variety of legal issues related to work injuries, criminal/municipal/domestic violence, and employment law (discrimination/harassment/hostile work environment/whistle blowing) issues.

Bert Lopez was a gracious host, and is a strong advocate for the South Jersey Hispanic community.

If you need an attorney, for any injury (work injuries, motor vehicle accidents, etc.), criminal defense/municipal court/domestic violence, and/or an employment matter call Mr. Diego immediately, any day/any time on his personal cell phone (609/432-4651).

07/18/2018
DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

DIEGO LAW FIRM, LLC

NINE (9) YEAR OLD GIRL SHOT & KILLED WHILE SLEEPING IN BRIDGETON HOME.

If you saw or heard/hear something, say something. The coward(s) responsible for the death, of 9 year old Jennifer Trejo, must be be taken off the street. Jennifer's family needs your assistance to ensure there is justice for this little girl's senseless death.

The Daily Journal

Community grieves as officials offer reward in young girl's killing
Anthony V. Coppola, Vineland Daily Journal Published 1:12 p.m. ET July 17, 2018 | Updated 8:39 p.m. ET July 17, 2018

Anyone with information is urged to contact Bridgeton Police at 856-451-0033 or use the department’s TIP411 anonymous texting line with the subtitle, “BRIDGETON.

BRIDGETON - Hours after stray gunfire pierced the home of a 9-year-old, killing her while she slept in bed early Tuesday, police asked the community for help hunting down the suspects and the victim’s family asked their neighbors for love.

Bridgeton police said they responded to the area of Church and Elmer streets around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday for reports of gunshots.

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Authorities say a nine-year-old Bridgeton girl was killed by a stray bullet that came through the wall of her home. (Photo: Adam Monacelli/Staff Photographer)

When they arrived, officers found family members transporting the victim — 9-year-old Jennifer “Chikis” Trejo — to Inspira Health Center Bridgeton, where she died a short time later, authorities said.

The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and Bridgeton Police Department are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in Trejo’s killing.

Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said Trejo was in her bedroom when she was struck by the gunfire.

“This is our community and we need the community’s help to solve this crime so that no other child or family has to deal with something like this in our community ever again,” Webb-McRae said.

The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office held a press conference regarding the death of 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Bridgeton, N.J. Produced by Joe Lamberti/Courier Post

Webb-McRae said investigators found numerous 9 mm shell casings on Elmer Street, between Church and Walnut streets, and that it is unknown at this time if one or more firearms were used.

Webb-McRae said subjects were “congregated” in the area of the shooting and that they might have been the intended targets.

She also revealed information on the potential shooters.

“Investigation has revealed there were three to four males walking in the area at the time that shots were fired and that one or more of them may have been the shooter or shooters,” Webb-McRae said, adding four cars were also hit by gunfire.

The county prosecutor said detectives have canvassed the area and conducted several interviews.

“Many have told us they don’t have information,” Webb-McRae said. “We know someone out there knows what happened in the early morning hours. We are appealing to the public for any and all information that might lead to solving this senseless, tragic crime.”

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Authorities say a nine-year-old Bridgeton girl was killed by a stray bullet that came through the wall of her home. (Photo: Adam Monacelli/Staff Photographer)

Webb-McRae acknowledged there is gang activity across Cumberland County but said she could not link this murder to gang violence yet.

“We’re exploring all avenues at this time,” Webb-McRae said.

Neighbors gathered Tuesday afternoon outside a white home at the corner of Church and Elmer streets, where community members said Trejo lived.

Jalana Walker, 21, lives on the same block where the shooting occurred. The incident brought back an unfortunate memory for her. Walker said she was struck in the right leg by gunfire in a similar incident last summer on Elmer Street.

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Jalana Walker, 21, lives on the same block where the Bridgeton shooting occurred. (Photo: Adam Monacelli/Staff Photographer)

“It’s the same stuff over and over, and it’s sad, it don’t gotta be like that,” Walker said through tears as she lamented the state of her neighborhood. “We love everybody, we show everybody love, it don’t gotta be like that.”

“And it’s innocent people,” Walker said. “We got older people, my grandmom is sick, there’s people dying from natural causes and we don’t need to be stressed out with extra stuff like this, this violence. It’s gotta stop. It really does have to stop, because it hurts.”

Deacon Arnaldo Santos of Bridgeton’s Parish of the Holy Cross said he is helping the Trejo family plan services for Jennifer.

“The family needs privacy at this time, and right now we’re just working through everything with them,” Santos said. “It’s a very difficult time and the family is asking the community for love. That’s what they really need.”

Bridgeton police Chief Michael Gaimari said “police presence in the area will increase in an effort to curb the tensions there and develop information on the shooting.”

“This is different than other homicides that we’ve had where maybe a criminal shoots another criminal or there’s some type of gang violence,” Gaimari said. “This is somebody innocent, it’s a block away, it’s a freak accident that happened, but it is the result of somebody shooting a gun in a place they shouldn’t have and that’s the biggest problem we and other urban communities have, is controlling the possession of the weapon.”

Webb-McRae and Gaimari on Tuesday addressed combating gun violence not just in Bridgeton, but across the county to prevent incidents like Trejo’s death from happening.

Webb-McRae admitted they don’t have all the answers, but they do know one.

“Good men cannot remain silent,” Webb-McRae said. “People have to come forward and have to give information otherwise people who are doing this do it in their community.”

Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly also spoke about Trejo’s murder and said Tuesday was “the worst day of my political life.”

“I’ve been in office for eight years,” Kelly said. “To have something like this happen, it tears at your heartstrings. It bothers me because the chief, the prosecutor and this community have made great strides to lessen the crime and shootings in this community.”

Gaimari noted Bridgeton has seen three straight quarters of a decrease in violent crime.

“But all it takes is one incident like this to bring it all back into perspective,” Gaimari said.

Kelly said he and Gaimari personally have gone door-to-door in the area of the shooting and will continue to do so in an effort to find those responsible for the little’s girl’s killing.

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Police tape at the area of Church and Elmer streets in Bridgeton after a 9-year-old girl was killed when stray gunfire pierced her home while she was asleep in bed early Tuesday. (Photo: Adam Monacelli/Staff Photo)

“We’re going to find the person who did this,” Kelly said. “Sadly, perhaps this is the tipping point so people become so outraged (they will give information) because this could have happened to anyone."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Bridgeton Police at 856-451-0033 or use the department’s TIP411 anonymous texting line with the subtitle, “BRIDGETON.”

An average of 1,606 children age 19 or younger are murdered in shootings across the country each year, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

In New Jersey, 76 people were injured and 17 others were killed in shootings that occurred in April, the most recent number for which statistics are available.

Jonathan Diego, Esq.
05/24/2018

Jonathan Diego, Esq.

ORDER LIMITING ISSUANCE OF BENCH WARRANTS (IN ATLANTIC COUNTY & CAPE MAY COUNTY) FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR IN MOTOR VEHICLE CASES.

The Hon. Julio Mendez, AJSC (Atlantic.Cape May Counties) issued an Order, dated May 11, 2018. The Order directs Judges in Atlantic and Cape May Counties to not issue bench warrants when a person fails to appear for court when issued a ticket for the vast majority of motor vehicle (Title 39) offenses. Judge Mendez acknowledged and considered the various negative effects bench warrants have on individuals prior to signing the Order.
Jonathan Diego, Esq. (Special Counsel-DWYER & BARRETT, LLC), whom served as Chief Prosecutor in Atlantic City and Camden City, stated that "the action taken by Judge Mendez ensures that hundreds, if not thousands of residents of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, will no longer be placed in a position in which they could lose their jobs as a result of being held in jail, even for one or two days, due to their failure to appear in court for a minor motor vehicle violation."

Jonathan Diego, Esq.
05/24/2018

Jonathan Diego, Esq.

ORDER DIRECTING IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL DEFENDANTS ARRESTED ON MUNICIPAL COURT BENCH WARRANTS, FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR/FAILURE TO PAY, WHOM HAVE BAIL AMOUNTS SET AT $500.00 OR LESS.

The Hon., Julio Mendez, AJSC (Atlantic/Cape May Counties) issued an Order to all Municipal Court Judges in Vicinage 1 (Atlantic/Cape May Counties). Judge Mendez' May 11th Order directed the "immediate release of defendants arrested on municipal court bench warrants for failure to appear and failure to pay with bail amounts of $500.00 or less. Judge Mendez also ordered that a warrant review hearing was now required for defendants with bail amounts over $500.00 within 48 hours of their arrest (excluding weekends and holidays).
The details of this Order are set forth on the copy of same, set forth below.

Jonathan Diego, Esq.
05/16/2018

Jonathan Diego, Esq.

ATLANTIC CITY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOSTS FREEDOM OF SPEECH & CIVIL DISCOURSE DISCUSSION.

Jonathan Diego, Esq. (Special Counsel to DWYER & BARRETT, LLC) appeared at the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club, on May 15th. Mr. Diego joined other local attorneys, and the New Jersey State Bar Association's Diversity Committee, to discuss 1st Amendment freedom of speech and civil discourse issues with Atlantic City teens. Mr. Diego's group of lawyers and teens discussed the United States vs Alvarez decision, which addressed 1st amendment issues related to an individual in California whom made numerous false statements regarding his (non-existent) military service. Additionally, Mr. Diego and the other attorney volunteers discussed various fact scenarios with our teens related to how best to engage in positive/productive discussions, in which we may have opposing views, Mr. Diego was very impressed with the thoughtful responses, by our teens, to the proposed civil discourse scenarios.

Jonathan Diego, Esq.
03/08/2018

Jonathan Diego, Esq.

READ ACROSS AMERICA AT PLEASANTVILLE'S NORTH MAIN STREET SCHOOL

Jonathan Diego, Esq. (Special Counsel to DWYER & BARRETT, LLC), and his wife, Linda appeared at Pleasantville's North Main Street School (NMSS) for the school's annual Read Across America event. Mr. Diego attended NMSS when it first opened in the early 1970s and completed his grade school education there in 1979. Mr. Diego and Linda enjoyed reading to three grade classes at NMSS. Linda's love for reading and writing commenced at an early age due to her mother's encouragement and personal love of reading. Mr. Diego told the children that "it is important to read as often as possible to learn how to pronounce words and understand what each word means."

Call a hard working and successful lawyer, whom always gives back to the community and remembers where he comes from. Call Mr. Diego any day of the week, any time of day, on his personal cell phone (609/432-4651) to discuss/address your work accident, employment harassment/discrimination and/or criminal/municipal court matters.

02/14/2018

TWO ATTORNEY OPENINGS-ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

SOUTH JERSEY LEGAL SERVICES, INC
50 Years of Access to Justice
SOUTH JERSEY LEGAL SERVICES, INC.
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

POSITION AVAILABLE
Date: February 14, 2018
Job Title: Staff Attorneys (2)- Atlantic County Office (Atlantic City)

JOB SUMMARY:
Under the direction of the unit Managing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides highest quality of legal service
to SJLS clients in a variety of poverty law matters. The Staff Attorney also acts as a liaison between SJLS and
the local community groups and engages in community outreach, community legal education.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Handle intake interviews;
 Provide direct representation to clients in a variety of legal matters, including but not limited to
family, landlord/tenant, housing, consumer, public benefits, healthcare, employment and senior
issues;
 Participate in group representation, where appropriate;
 Participate in staff and case acceptance meetings and program wide working groups;
 Work with the Managing Attorney, Director of Litigation and/or the Executive Director in planning,
developing and litigating significant impact cases;
 Participate in community outreach and community legal education, clinics and seminars;
 Develop new ideas and methods to provide service to clients;
 Work with other staff as an effective member of the team;
 Assist in supervising paralegals, clerical workers and students;
 Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
 Admission to the Bar of New Jersey preferred but not required. Must be a member of the Bar in any
state or be eligible and willing to take the next available New Jersey Bar Exam;
 Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred;
 Ability to relate to low income clients and groups with demonstrated interest in poverty law issues
and/or public interest service.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Qualified applicants with an interest in these positions should send resume, writing sample and cover letter
expressing interest in this position to: Brittani Morris, PHR, Human Resources Director, South Jersey Legal
Services, Inc. 745 Market St. 2nd Floor, Camden, NJ 08102 or via email at [email protected]. EOE/AA
Employer.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
745 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856) 964-2010
Fax: (856) 964-0228
DOUGLAS E. GERSHUNY
Executive Director
ANN M. GORMAN
Deputy Director
KENNETH M. GOLDMAN
Director of Litigation & Advocacy

Address

Atlantic City, NJ
08401

Telephone

(609) 432-4651

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