Anne C. Singer

Anne C. Singer passed away peacefully at 77 years old on Monday, September 26th at her home, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Anne is survived by her husband David Berengut, daughters Laurel Singer (husband John Boardman) and Karyn Singer (husband Chris Otundo), stepchildren Sarah O’Grady (husband Jamie O’Grady) and Josh Berengut (wife Alex Berengut), three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, and brother Paul Rosenzweig (wife Miriam Bailin), as well as a host of dear and cherished friends.

She leaves behind a long legacy of accomplishment as a lawyer and advocate.

Anne graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in biology, and received her Masters in Biology from the University of Alabama. She then obtained her JD from the University of Cincinnati in 1973. There she served as the first female Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, the first of many of her highly-regarded career accomplishments.

Anne dedicated most of her career to public service, beginning with a clerkship for Judge Robert Clifford of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1973-1974. She spent four years as a public advocate working for the Division of Mental Health Advocacy. This work inspired her to publish a book in 1981 titled ‘Mental Health Law in New Jersey.’ She worked as an Assistant US Attorney at the US Attorney’s Office from 1978-1990.

Anne held several positions and partner roles at major local law firms before starting her own solo practice in 2005, which she maintained in Haddonfield until a few months before her death.

Her proudest career accomplishments included representing indigent criminal defendants, and in her longstanding roles on professional boards and committees. Anne was a long-time active member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Law Journal, the District IIIB Ethics Committee for Burlington County, the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee of Professional Ethics and the Disciplinary Review Board of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Additionally, she was a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel which provides private lawyers to represent indigent defendants in federal criminal court.

Anne was a staunch opponent of capital punishment and a vocal supporter of separation of church and state and women’s rights. There was never a political or legal discussion she shied away from – bringing a highly engaged, educated and unwavering point of view to the table. Second to her career, her great passion was world travel. She and her husband David – often accompanied by some of their very dear friends – counted trips to South Africa, Italy, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam and France among some of their most memorable.

In the fall of 2021, Anne was dealt a crushing ALS diagnosis – one that accelerated far too quickly and eventually led to her untimely passing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of donations to the ALS Association or the ALS Hope Foundation
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