Somerset County Leadership

Chairwoman Peg Schaffer

Peg Schaffer is the Managing Principal at the law firm, Shain, Schaffer & Rafanello, P.C., located in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  She specializes in commercial litigation; land use; real estate and banking law.  In 1975 she received her law degree, cum laude, from Seton Hall University and was Editor of its Legislative Journal.  Her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy was earned at the University of Dayton in 1970.

Ms. Schaffer served as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School (1981 - 1983) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (1985 - 1986).  She was the Assistant Counsel and Municipal Prosecutor, City of East Orange, NJ (1978 - 1979); Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Adjustment, City of East Orange, NJ (1982 - 1986); Counsel to and Member of Board of Directors of Mountain Ridge State Bank (1982 - 1990) and Counsel to the Planning Board, City of East Orange, NJ (1982 - 1986).  She currently serves as Assistant Counsel to Monroe Township. Peg is a past President of Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ). She holds memberships in the Somerset County, New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.  For ten years (1985 - 1995) Ms. Schaffer was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Banking Law Section, Chair from 1990 - 1991, and has been Director Emeritus from 1996 to the present.  Before being elected Chair of SCDC, she served as the Bedminster Chair for five years.

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