Leadership Library

Thank you for becoming a section, committee, or division chair for the New Jersey State Bar Association. We are so grateful for your dedication and look forward to a productive and meaningful year of education, advocacy, networking and leadership in the legal profession.


NJSBA MEETING REQUEST PORTAL: Need to schedule a meeting or event? Fill out this form to get started. Afterwards, your section/committee services manager will reach out to you for final details.*

NJSBA Leadership Manual: Your guide to key policies and procedures as a section,  committee or division leader in the NJSBA.

Dos and Dont’s for Success as an NJSBA Section/Committee Leader: A one-sheet summary of major takeaways for all section, committee and division leaders. If you read nothing else, read this!

NJSBA Bylaws: These are the general, Association-wide bylaws. Section chairs seeking bylaws for their specific group should scroll to the bottom of this page.

NJSBA Policy Manual: If there’s a question you have, there is likely a policy to match it! All sections, committees and divisions must abide by the NJSBA policy manual.


Your first and likely most frequent point of contact will be your section/committee/division services manager:

Please also feel free to reach out with general questions to:

  • Paula Saha, Senior Managing Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Member Engagement, at [email protected] or 732-214-8509.

For off-site meetings and special events:

  • Denise Gallo, Senior Managing Director, Meetings and Facilities, [email protected] or 732-937-7537
  • Melenie Wernersbach, Senior Meetings Planner, [email protected] or 732-937-7527

We encourage you to plan off-site meetings and special events, but please remember that contract review and planning must go through the NJSBA Meetings Department. We look forward to working with you to plan the perfect event for your members and more.

For Communications and Publications:

The NJSBA has a host of publications and writing opportunities your members can work on, as well as publications that will highlight the good work your group is doing. Check out our blogThe Bar Report and New Jersey Lawyer (member login required). In addition, we encourage you to consider publishing a section or committee newsletter.

  NJSBA Newsletter Tips for New Editors

For assistance with CommunityNet:

CommunityNet is a listserv tool and the best way to reach out to all your members at once. If you have questions about settings and access, please reach out. In addition, you can find a tutorial presentation here.

For questions about NJSBA Policies and Procedures and Board of Trustee agendas:

  • Sharon Balsamo, Assistant Executive Director/General Counsel[email protected] or 732-937-75052

Reach out with questions about bylaws as well as other NJSBA procedures and policies for your section, committee or division.

For planning ICLE Seminars and Annual/Mid-Year Meeting Programming Ideas:

  • Lisa Spiegel, Associate Executive Director, Continuing Legal Education, [email protected] or 732-214-8554

Work with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education to put on CLE seminars that are more than two credits that will be marketed to all New Jersey attorneys, not only NJSBA Members. In addition, reach out to Lisa Spiegel with programming ideas for ideas for the Annual or Mid-Year Meeting. For meeting CLE programs that are 90 minutes or less, please coordinate with your section/committee/division services manager.

For assistance with Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives:

  • Paula Saha, Senior Managing Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Member Engagement, [email protected] or 732-214-8509.

The NJSBA is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the profession and Association. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and DEI initiatives here.

For Membership Initiatives:

All section, committee and divisions members must be members of the NJSBA. Consider hosting membership drives or inviting non-members to “try-out” a meeting.

For Advocacy and Government Affairs

  • Sharon Balsamo, Assistant Executive Director/General Counsel, [email protected] or 732-937-7505
  • Lisa Chapland, Senior Managing Director, Government Affairs, [email protected] or 732-214-8510
  • Amy Conrad, Government Affairs Manager, [email protected] or 732-214-8501

Do you know of a case in your practice area that might benefit from NJSBA involvement? Is there a piece of legislation your group wants to bring to the attention of the NJSBA Board of Trustees? The Legal and Government Affairs Department spearheads the Association’s efforts to advocate on behalf of its members before the state’s three branches of government.

Amicus Request Form
Links to forms and resources on NJSBA government affairs and legislative involvement
Links to information on Judicial Administration

Watch our video on legislative advocacy.


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Founded in 1899, the NJSBA is the largest organization of attorneys, judges and legal professionals in New Jersey. At the core of our mission is improving the lives of our members, advancing the rule of law and serving as the voice of the profession. With 85 sections and committees, the NJSBA allows attorney to benefit from being part of the most wide-reaching legal association in the state, while still cultivating expertise and building networks within specialized practice areas.



The New Jersey State Bar Association is committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive bar association. The Association recognizes that the broad concept of diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. The NJSBA fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that gives value to the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of the Association.

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The NJSBA Legal and  Government Affairs Department serves as the liaison between NJSBA members and the state’s three branches of government.


The New Jersey Law Center is located at 1 Constitution Sq, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901. Need directions to the Law Center? Click on the button below to get started right away.

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NJSBA Meetings and Events Calendar

From section, committee and division meetings with valuable CLE credit, to receptions and dinners and special events, the New Jersey State Bar Association regularly holds meetings so our members can meet their mandatory CLE requirements and network with the state’s largest attorney membership.

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2024 Family Law Retreat

The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Family Law Retreat will be held in Costa Rica!

For more information, or to register today, visit the links below:

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2024 Annual Meeting & Convention

The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Annual Meeting & Convention will be held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa May 15-17

For more information, or to register today, visit the links below:

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Practice HQ Training Events

Lawyers aren't taught practice management skills, and the NJSBA is here to fill the gap — no matter whether you are just starting out, mid-career or thinking about wrapping up their practices. Our PracitceHQ is here to help with webinars, informative articles, free consultations, comparison charts and so much more.

Practice HQ Training Events


The new NJSBA member benefit Decisis will help you level-up your legal research.

Decisis gives members access to a robust database of local and federal case law is necessary information often used to structure your case. Decisis provides industry-leading tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive, and it’s a free benefit to all active New Jersey State Bar Association members.

Decisis Training Events

Networking Events

The NJSBA provides a host of networking events so members can maintain relationships with existing colleagues and make new connects. Join us at a baseball game, the hockey arena, for a community service project, or another event.

Upcoming Networking Events

Benefits Of Membership

As a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), you will join a powerful network of 16,000 legal professionals across the state of New Jersey. NJSBA membership grants you access to year-round virtual and in-person networking events, leadership and professional development opportunities, member-only discounts, educational resources to help you stay in the know and much more!

Practice Management Tools

The NJSBA provides tools lawyers need to improve their practice, from our comprehensive PracticeHQ library of resources; a career center to find your next colleague or opportunity; an intuitive and high-powered legal research platform; and a robust Member Assistance Program to connect members, and those who live in their households, with experienced counselors and resources to address mental health needs.



As an NJSBA member, you'll become part of the collective power of the NJSBA network, giving you the ability to influence legislation and caselaw in New Jersey. Let’s work together to shape the future and solve critical issues facing attorneys and the public.

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Membership helps you build and maintain a powerful network through our in-person and online events with attorneys all over the state.


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Become A Partner Organization

The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) offers an exclusive partnership opportunity to amplify your organization’s impact and drive success. By harnessing the power of the NJSBA legal community, you can connect with our vibrant network of 16,000 legal professionals from 35+ different areas of practice, unlocking unparalleled opportunities for growth and achievement.


News and Press Publications

Learn more about the accomplishments of the Association, its members and events from regular news updates, press releases, and our award-winning magazine.



Read the comments, reports, resolutions and Board of Trustee news from the state’s largest organization of lawyers, judges and legal professionals.


Statements and Positions

The NJSBA is the voice of the profession and takes public positions on a range of issues with the legal community and government officials. It also takes positions on legislation and files friend-of-the-court briefs on matters that impact the profession. 

Photo Galleries

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