Donald J. Sears
Donald J. Sears graduated from the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, and from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, in 1986 with a Juris Doctorate degree. He became a member of the New Jersey State Bar and admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in 1986. After working as an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor both during law school and through April 1988, he entered private practice at the law firm of Busch and Busch in New Brunswick, where he immediately began representing several municipal clients. He was admitted to practice in the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1996. While in private practice he also worked as an Adjunct Professor/Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University in the Administration of Justice Department, New Brunswick, teaching courses related to the criminal justice system as well as issues confronting police officers. He is the author of a Criminology text book entitled To Kill Again: The Motivation and Development of Serial Murder (Scholarly Resources, 1991) and is a contributing author to a second textbook entitled Critical Issues in Crime and Justice, Albert R. Roberts, Editor (Sage Publications, 1994).
In 1997 Mr. Sears was appointed as the part-time Assistant Township Attorney for South Brunswick. In 2001 he was elevated to the position of part-time Township Attorney. In 2004 he left private practice to create and oversee an in-house Law Department for South Brunswick, becoming its first full-time, in-house Director of Law, a position he continues to hold today. He has been a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys since 2001 and is also a member of the Local Government Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He also successfully completed the Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law course of study in January 2008.