Beatrix W. Shear, Esq.
Having become a member of the New Jersey Bar in 1988,
Beatrix has 25 years of experience in the New Jersey legal system. She was a
general litigation associate at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti for the first six years of
her career, and her primary focus from 1995 forward has been handling
cases involving the New Jersey
Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), now known as the Division
of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). She has extensive familiarity with the workings of DYFS/DCP&P and
the child welfare court system. Over the course of her career, Beatrix
has handled all aspects of family law cases, including advising clients,
preparing briefs and memoranda, conducting depositions, and representing
clients at trial and on appeal.
Among other types of cases, Beatrix has had a successful track record representing
defendant parents at trial in child abuse/neglect actions and termination
of parental rights actions brought against them by DYFS/DCP&P.
She directed the Legal Services of New Jersey Family Representation Project,
a group comprised of six attorneys who defended parents in DYFS actions, and she has worked on child welfare policy, written articles for Legal
Services' Looking Out publication, and conducted training seminars
on child welfare law.
Prior to joining the team at Moskowitz Law Group,
Beatrix served as a Deputy Public Defender and the Director of Appellate
Programs in the Office of Parental Representation at the New Jersey Office
of the Public Defender. In that position, she oversaw a staff of four attorneys, supervising
the handling of hundreds of appeals every year on behalf of defendant
parents in child abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights cases.
She has written briefs for and argued many appeals, including appeals
that have resulted in published Appellate Division decisions and matters
before the New Jersey Supreme Court. In 2007,
she authored an article, "Incarcerated Parents and the New Jersey
Child Welfare System," published in Rutgers-Newark's Women's
Rights Law Reporter, and she has been an Adjunct Professor of Appellate
Advocacy at Seton Hall Law School and an instructor for the New Jersey
Institute for Continuing Legal Education.