Joyce Lee ’16 Is Sills Cummis & Gross 2014 Charles J. Walsh Scholar

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Joyce Lee ’16 at the Sills Cummis & Gross Newark office with Members of the Firm Margaret F. Black ’76 and James M. Hirschhorn.

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. has selected Joyce Lee, a first-year student at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, as the firm’s 2014 Charles J. Walsh Scholar. 

In 2006, Sills Cummis & Gross established the Scholarship Fund on behalf of the family, friends and colleagues of the late Judge Charles J. Walsh who, prior to his appointment to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, was a valued Member of the Firm for 17 years. Judge Walsh was also an adjunct professor at the law school.

Max Crane, Managing Partner, stated: “Joyce is our eighth Charles J. Walsh Scholar and I am delighted that we have chosen a person with such determination, scholarship, drive and leadership qualities. Her credentials and work ethic really impressed the selection committee and we are pleased to welcome Joyce as a first year law clerk this summer. Chuck would have heartily endorsed her selection.” 

What makes Lee so remarkable, the firm notes, is that she first received a Doctor of Pharmacy before embarking on law school. She worked as a pharmacist at a major drug store chain supervising a large team, while at the same time researched and developed scientific communications for major pharmaceutical companies. She is looking to focus her practice of law in the life sciences industry.

Lee stated: “In addition to working with attorneys who are experts in life sciences and intellectual property law, I hope to enforce my strong ties to New Jersey.” She received her Pharm.D., cum laude, from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, in 2010.

Ronald K. Chen, Acting Dean of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, stated: “Joyce Lee is a talented and committed law student and a very deserving recipient of the 2014 Charles J. Walsh Scholar designation. We very much appreciate the generosity of Sills Cummis & Gross in supporting the legacy of Chuck Walsh through this scholarship fund.”

The Charles J. Walsh Scholar Fund will provide financial and other assistance to Lee in the form of scholarship support, summer internship stipends, mentorship during law school and career guidance.