Ms. James joined Antonelli Kantor in November 2018. Her practice focuses on counseling and defending public entities and employees in areas of education law, labor, and employment. Ms. James has also provided trainings to education professionals, board members, and attorneys in the areas of: Documenting Employee Misconduct & Employee Discipline; Legal Issues in Special Education; IEP’s & 504 Plans; Transgender Students & Staff in Public Schools; Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying; and Child Find and Initial Referral Procedures. She also has experience defending and initiating disputes before the United District Court – District of New Jersey, Superior Courts of New Jersey, Commissioner of Education, Office of Administrative Law, Bureau of Controversies and Disputes, and the Public Employment Relations Commission.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. James served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable James Hely, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division, Union County, for the 2013-14 term. Thereafter, Ms. James went on to practice education law and labor and employment at a Newark-based women and minority-owned law firm representing school boards and charter schools throughout New Jersey. From there, Ms. James moved into a global corporate setting where she worked as a Legal Analyst & Scrum Master for Bloomberg LP in Princeton, New Jersey where she gained instrumental legal, business, and technological skills. Prior to joining Antonelli Kantor, Ms. James continued her representation of public entities in education, employment, and civil litigation where she defended clients in Administrative, State, and Federal courts.
Ms. James earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, cum laude, from Temple University. While at Temple, she received several Deans List awards for academic excellence.
Ms. James earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University – Camden in January 2013. While at Rutgers, Ms. James worked as a student lawyer in the Civil Practice Clinic for two semesters under the direction of Professor Traci Overton. She also served as the Secretary for the Black Law Students Association where she was the Chairwoman of the largest and most publicized Annual Safe Halloween event to-date. Ms. James simultaneously served as Vice President of Entertainment in the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Outside of school, Ms. James mentored and tutored junior high school students in the Camden community. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant for NJLeep where she taught Criminal Law and Trial Advocacy to Camden students.
Following this program, Ms. James worked as a Teaching Assistant for Dean Jill Friedman and Dean Angela Baker during the inaugural 2012 LSAC Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (“PLUS”) program, which is a national academic program targeted towards increasing diversity in the legal profession.
Ms. James is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey and United States District Court – District of New Jersey. Ms. James is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, and the New Jersey School Boards Association. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spinning, reading, volunteering, poetry, writing, and spending time with family.
Temple University, 2009
Bachelor of Arts in English, Cum Laude
Rutgers School of Law, 2013
Vice President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Secretary of the Black Law Students Association
New Jersey, 2013
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2013