Rutgers Law School is not just a place of books and learning; it’s also is a place where couples have fallen in love and started their lives together. On this Valentine’s Day, we share some stories of romance from Rutgers Law School couples.
Sara Fedorczyk and Brian Quigley
The State House in Trenton may not be the typical romantic venue, but it brought Sara Fedorczyk and Brian Quigley together. They were both working in the Assembly Majority Office after college doing constituent relations and policy work.in 2008 and became friends who had a common interest in public service. They began having lunch together, shared some good-natured political debates, and studied for their LSATs, before they both enrolled in Rutgers Law School in Camden in 2009.
While at law school, Brian, who is from South Brunswick, and Sara, who grew up in Hillsborough, had all but two classes together and both worked on the school’s Voting Rights Project. In their 2L year, they both traveled to New Orleans and volunteered at the City Attorney’s Office.
“Being together 24/7 may drive some couples crazy, but we truly became a team in every way,” Sara Quigley said. “One of our best, and most rewarding, experiences was co-serving as law guardians to a minor in need of housing through the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic. Recognizing that we both shared the same passion for helping others strengthened the feelings we had for one another.”
They both graduated in 2012 and began clerkships in the Camden County Superior Court. Brian clerked for a civil judge and Sara for a criminal court judge, whose chambers happened to be down the hall from each other. During the last week of their clerkships, in August 2013, the couple got engaged.
They married in 2015 and are now the parents of a baby girl and reside in Hopewell Township. Though they’ve been together for nearly a decade, the Quigleys have found themselves right where they began – in the state capital. Brian Quigley works as General Counsel to the Assembly Majority Office and Sara Quigley is a Deputy Attorney General.
Sara said they still meet for lunch on occasion and still debate policy and politics. The Quigleys have this advice for other love birds in law school. Brian Quigley said, “Learn from one another’s perspectives. It’s amazing how two people that are so similar in many ways can see things so differently. Take advantage of the extra vantage point.” Sara Quigley added, “Law school is serious business so always encourage one another. But remember to put the books down every once in a while and make each other laugh.”
Stacy Posner and Jed Goldstein
A lost pencil, a spilled cup of tea, and a broken laptop became the recipe for love for Stacy Posner and Jed Goldstein, who met at Rutgers Law School orientation in 2003.
During their 1L year, Jed and Stacy were tracked together in Property and Torts. Stacy remembers lending Jed a pencil and sitting behind him in Property. She said one morning she spilled tea on her laptop and rushed to the computer store to try and get it fixed, then ended up walking in late to Professor Twila Perry’s class, flustered and hungry.
That day, Professor Perry called on Stacy and she didn’t have her notes. Upset and frazzled, Stacy ended up hanging out with Jed after class, relaxing and watching TV, and shortly after that they become a couple.
During their third year of law school, Stacy, who is from Livingston, and Jed, who is from New Providence, got engaged. They married the following August in 2007.
“We were able to do a lot of the planning while we were in law school, which made things so much easier, because once I started working I had much less time,” Stacy recalled.
After graduation, Stacy got a job with Debevoise & Plimpton and Jed went on to clerk with Judge Edwin Stern in the Appellate Division and then Judge Garrett Brown in the U.S. District Court.
Fast forward to 2018. The Goldsteins are the parents of two girls and Stacy is a partner at Riemer & Braunstein, a finance boutique firm in New York. Jed, formerly an associate at Gibbons, owns his own legal recruiting company, South Mountain Legal Search.
One of the perks of being married to another lawyer is having a spouse who understands your job, she said. “As a working mom trying to balance family and my career Jed deeply understands the demands of being a lawyer and he is such a committed partner in making our life work,” she said. “I don't think he would really get the challenges if he had not practiced himself.”
Stacy’s advice to other couples, “Don’t dismiss the thought of having a relationship in law school. Jed and I have such a solid foundation built on almost 2.5 years of seeing each other every day. Sure, studying for the bar while living with your fiancé may not be ideal, but we quickly learned how to manage the stress, and we did both pass.”
Jed reflected, “Though I very much enjoyed my time at Rutgers Law School, meeting Stacy was far and away the best part of it – for obvious reasons – and also, because she’s really smart, and helped me get through half of my classes!”
Law school sweethearts Jed and Stacy and their two daughters.
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