Lee W. Bettis, Jr. was born in 1964 to Lucia “Lucille” Giovana DiAntonio, daughter of Italian immigrants, and Lee W. Bettis, Sr., an 11th Generation American whose relatives fought in the Revolutionary War. A statue of Lee’s ancestor stands near his final resting place in South Carolina.
Lee grew up in Africa, Brazil, and throughout the United States, where his Foreign Service father was stationed. Lucille, a former Peace Corps volunteer, taught school for 43 years, choosing to teach in impoverished communities where her abilities would be most helpful.
Upon graduating from high school when he was 17, Lee joined the United States Marine Corps. He was a top ranked Division I athlete in College and earned a spot on the All Eastern Conference Water Polo Team several years in a row.
When he graduated in 1987, the Honorable Les Aspin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, offered him a job, and Lee spent the next several years as Special Assistant to Mr. Aspin, learning the intricacies of high level government. When Mr. Aspin became Secretary of Defense, Lee continued in his private service, carrying on special projects. Lee attributes his no-nonsense approach to fiscally responsible government to Mr. Aspin’s tutelage.
Lee graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2000, where he specialized in Constitutional Law and was asked as a second and third year student to teach Constitutional Law to first year students. Lee began his legal career with Gerald Shargel, considered New York City’s top defense attorney and currently a Professor of Law.
Lee represents a growing number of professionals from around the country who choose New Bern for its wonderful quality of life, proximity to the Neuse River, ocean and abundance of natural beauty. He is an alumnus of Leadership Craven, has volunteered for numerous organizations including Promise Place, sat as a Teen Court Judge for the past four years, raised tens of thousands of dollars for firemen and police injured in the World Trade Center attacks, promoted music and entertainment Downtown and worked tirelessly to preserve New Bern’s waterfront and the natural wonders so that people are free to enjoy them for the next 300 years.
Mayor Lee Bettis is proud to be a New Bern Lawyer.
Jennifer M. Litwak was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, and then went on to attend Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in History and Women’s Studies. Jennifer then continued on to Albany Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude with her J.D. Jennifer is currently licensed in New York and New Jersey.
Upon graduating from law school, Jennifer went on to clerk for the Honorable Lawrence M. Lawson, Assignment Judge of Monmouth County, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Since then, Jennifer married a U.S. Marine, and has recently relocated to the area. While waiting to take the bar in North Carolina, Jennifer is working as an associate at The Bettis Law Firm, handling much of the research and motion drafting for the firm. Jennifer specializes in areas of civil litigation and domestic law.