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Ex-municipal law director’s firm getting $230,000 Paterson school district contract


Former municipal law director Khalifah Shabazz’s law firm is getting a $230,000 contract from the Paterson school district to serve as general counsel.

Shabazz’s new law firm, Souder, Shabazz, & Woolridge Law Group of Newark, is receiving the district contract.

Her other law firm, Khalifah Shabazz, LLC of Newark, which was given a contract last year, will receive a new contract to continue handling workers’ compensation cases for $160 per hour, according to district records.

School district officials said Shabazz’s firm was picked for the general counsel contract after a request for proposal process.

15 vendors were solicited for proposals. 7 responded, according to records.

Shabazz’s firm is replacing Robert Murray, who had served as the district’s general counsel over the past years.

The Democratic Party machine-run school district is expected to award the contract next Wednesday.

Shabazz has given $12,050 in political contributions to mostly Democrat Party candidates over the past years, according to state campaign finance records.

She was appointed to serve as the city’s corporation counsel by mayor Andre Sayegh after he came into office. She was among the Sayegh administration officials who bypassed the city’s biometric system used to track employees’ work hours. She resigned after 13 months.

Superintendent Eileen Shafer was searching for a new general counsel last July. Shabazz was among the candidates seeking the contract, officials said at the time.

Shafer did not move forward with a contract last year.

School board members approved the contract for Shabazz’s firm on June 17.

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This story was updated on June 24, 2020 with contract approval date.

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  • Justice Forall

    Robert Murray has been replaced as General Counsel by Kalifeh Shabazz, but is Murray really gone or is this another district sleight of hand, and will this financially broken district be entering into yet another contract with Murray to provide other legal services at a cost of hundreds of thousands to the NJ taxpayers? I’m guessing the answer is absolutely yes!

  • HankMorgan

    She paid and now she gets to play. It’s all very incestuous, underhanded and evil.

  • Maurice

    I cant imagine Paterson needing ANY of this nonsense. General counsel + Workers comp @ 160$/ hour . Guys , lets get back to basics… this is a low-income, high-crime, severely under performing schools across the board, very low tax base mid size city …. FOCUS ON THAT FIRST …. You look at cities like NYC and how they manage their budget… then look at the SCUM of Paterson and can clearly see the corruption in the headlines . MAKE IT MAKE SENSE !!!

  • Paterson Resident

    We need intervention from Trenton and thorough investigations. This does not make sense. Why throw arway that much money. Find cheaper councils and keep two or three additional teachers in the classroom.