Attorney Stephen Dratch of Short Hills, with his wife, Cindy, was motivated to join the ECLC Board of Trustees after seeing the dedication of the staff.

Stephen Dratch of Short Hills has joined the Board of Trustees at ECLC of New Jersey, a nonprofit that offers “Education, Careers and Lifelong Community” to nearly 700 individuals with special needs.

Dratch is a senior litigator with Franzblau Dratch, P.C., a general practice law firm based in Livingston. He graduated with a B.A. degree, with honors in 1970, from Brooklyn College of City University of New York, and he received his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark) in 1973.

Dratch brings a wealth of legal expertise to ECLC’s Board. Dratch served as Legislative to then New Jersey State Senator Martin L. Greenberg (1973-74). And, while in Law school he was a research assistant to then Professor and now United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He has practiced since 1973 in all trial, chancery, criminal and appellate forums in New Jersey and New York. Dratch has experience in all types of litigation, including but not limited to commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, criminal law, both trial, appellate, post-conviction, New Jersey/New York Parole matters and chancery litigation.

Dratch said he was drawn to ECLC because of its mission and incredible staff. “I am so excited and happy to join this wonderful organization and support its mission,” said Dratch. “I toured both schools and the entire organization, and I saw firsthand how the staff is so dedicated. How can you not want to help out?”