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Alumni in the legal profession shared their perspectives with students on issues related to their education and career paths Dec. 4 in the Wilson Room of Pfenning Alumni Center.

Ed Ahart ’69, managing partner at Schenck, Price, Smith & King, served as moderator for five alumni returning to share their inside stories: Dina DeFalco ’95, vice president, Morgan Stanley Law Division; Tanuja Majumdar Dehne ’93, assistant general counsel of securities and finance, NRG Energy, Inc.; Rawle Howard ’96, vice president and counsel private, Lehman Brothers; Jeffrey D. Robinson ’80, Baach Robinson & Lewis PLLC, and Yi Sun ’98, associate, Garnett & Helfrich Capital.

A reception was followed by the panel presentation. Students had further opportunity to interact with the alumni at a subsequent dinner.

The alumni addressed a broad range of questions, including how students can get an understanding of what a legal career involves, what students can do during their undergraduate education and while in law school, and how to choose among the varieties of legal practice.

Invitations also were extended to alumni and others working in legal professions who were on campus as judges for Lafayette’s invitational mock trial tournament that weekend.

Ahart is a partner with Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s business organizations department, and chairs the corporate practice group. He practices primarily as a transactional attorney, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, finance and banking, and general corporate law. He also is the firm’s managing partner and serves as chair of its management committee.

Ahart has extensive experience in the purchase, sale, and financing of businesses and related commercial transactions, including the structuring and restructuring, negotiating, and closing of complex asset and stock sales and acquisitions. He has been listed in Who’s Who, and Who’s Who in American Law and has written and lectured in the areas of corporate law, commercial transactions, and banking.

Ahart is admitted to both the New Jersey and New York bars, is a member of the Morris County, New Jersey State, and American Bar Associations, business law section, and has served on the New Jersey District X Ethics Committee.

Active in the community, Ahart is a member of Lafayette College’s Board of Trustees and its executive committee, and has served as president of the Alumni Association. He is chair of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a member of its executive committee, the Harkers Hollow Golf and Country Club Board, and is active in various other organizations. He acted as the attorney for Pohatcong Township in Warren County and its Board of Education. He was also chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Warren County Association for Retarded Citizens.

After graduating with honors from Lafayette, Ahart attended Cornell Law School, graduating in 1972. Prior to joining Schenck, Price, Smith & King in 1973, he served as law secretary to the Honorable Joseph Halpern, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

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