The following is a summary of actions taken at the June 16, 2017, meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. This summary does not constitute official minutes.
Trustee sworn in: Carol N. Goloff, of The Law and Mediation Offices of Carol Goloff in Northfield, was sworn-in as the Cape May County representative on the Board of Trustees. She primarily handles family and real property, trust and estates work. Read her bio here.
Budget: The trustees approved a $12 million budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The plan reflects no increase in dues, and continues to invest in infrastructure upgrades and producing events, seminars and conventions that keep members up-to-date and provide benefit to their practice and professional endeavors.
At-large seats designated: As required under the NJSBA bylaws, the trustees conducted their annual review of underrepresented groups on the board. The designated groups are African-American; Hispanic; Asian-Pacific; women; gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; over age 70; and attorneys with disabilities. The trustees designated a seat each for members who are: African-American; Hispanic; Asian-Pacific; women; and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Three additional at-large seats are open to members of any of the underrepresented groups.
Award: The board approved the creation of an award the Government, Public Sector and Public Interest Committee will present annually to an attorney whose service, accomplishments and volunteerism exemplify the work of an attorney in the field.
Child support forms: The NJSBA submitted additional comments to the Supreme Court on proposed rule changes. Included in the submission are forms designed to aid the courts in uniformly handling issues related to the termination of child support. Read the letter here.
Grants for legal service: The trustees voted to support grants that would strengthen volunteer programs at Legal Services of Northwest Jersey and Northeast New Jersey Legal Services. Both groups are seeking ways to encourage and support additional volunteers, especially those who would aid in immigration efforts.