Daniel’s Law Panel on Sept. 12

Mr. McGoughran is honored to participate in an uncoming panel discussion alongside Ret. Judge Julio Mendez, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas and Christine Campbell. The focus of this panel focuses on New Jersey’s Implementation of Daniel’s Law which attempts to shield judges, court personnel and law enforcement from threats or violence. This panel is scheduled to take place on Septemeber 12, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. at Stockton University.

“The 90-minute event — “Daniel’s Law: How New Jersey Protects Its Judicial System – And Why Those Who Are Covered Should Embrace It” — is free and open to the public. The forum is sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton, and it will be held in person at Stockton’s Campus Center Theatre.

In July 2020, an assailant armed with a gun went to the New Jersey home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. The gunman opened fire when the door was answered, seriously injuring Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, and killing their son, Daniel, 20. State and federal laws named after Daniel have since been passed prohibiting the publication of addresses and personal information of judges and other court personnel to thwart would-be attackers.

However, only about half of the people covered by the state Daniel’s Law have taken advantage of its protections, according to state data. Judge Salas has become a national advocate for protecting judges, prosecutors and police because an independent judiciary free of intimidation is vital to democracy.

On Sept. 12, panelists will discuss how the law works, why more who are covered have not taken advantage of it and why threats against the judiciary pose an urgent problem for society. Of interest to the legal community will be a demonstration of how to register for Daniel’s Law protections.”

The Daniel Law’s panel on September 12th will be live-streamed on the Hughes Center home page. www.stockton.edu/hughescenter