North Plainfield City Councilman and attorney Doug Singleterry will publish a new edition of his overview of New Jersey’s uniform commercial code with Somerset County Democratic Committee Chair Peg Schaffer this year.
“I was amazed at his work ethic and his dedication and the extent to which he picked up a relatively new area of the law and ran with it,” said Schaffer. The chairwoman said that she admires Singleterry’s ability to stand up to the challenge of making a complex piece of legislation more comprehensible to the lenders and sellers it applies to.
“She has a very sharp eye for detail,” said Singleterry of Schaffer. “Her input was very valuable.”
The new edition of the co-authored book provides an accessible account of New Jersey’s version of the Uniform Commercial Code, which regulates and standardizes commercial transactions across the country. It details changes to the code that the New Jersey legislature put in place in 2015 to guard against fraud.
The 2015 amendments now require secured parties lenders or sellers possessing the right to liens to file additional financial statements and to disclose their identities.
The councilman, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Somerset County freeholder in 2008 and 2009, has also authored an article in the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention examining Bosnia and Croatia’s respective cases against Serbia at the International Court of Justice. It argues that ethnic cleansing campaigns should fall under the purview of the UN’s genocide laws targeting attempts to “destroy” specific groups.
The councilman is currently working at Vasios, Kelly & Strollo in Union, where he specializes in civil litigation. Schaffer is the Managing Principal at Shain, Schaffer & Rafanello, PC in Bernardsville.