The following is a summary of the NJSBA’s Board of Trustees
meeting. It does not constitute official minutes.
Legislation: The Board of Trustees
approved taking positions on several measures pending before the New Jersey
Legislature. The board voted to support:
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A5213
Lopez/S3815 Vitale, which makes child support arrearages
collectable anytime by public welfare or other social services board or agency
against obligor or obligor’s estate based on amount of public assistance
provided due to obligor’s failure to pay support.
·        
A5396
Vainieri Huttle/S3528 Scutari, which establishes a process to obtain judgement of adoption for civil
union partner or spouse of natural or legal parent of child when that person is
named as parent on child’s birth certificate.
 
Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and
Individual Checklists: The trustees reviewed data collected over three years about activities
its members had taken to advance the goals of diversity and inclusion in their
personal and professional lives. The checklist is meant as a tool to offer
examples of ways leaders can demonstrate their commitment to those goals. Among
the activities the trustees have done in a widespread way are: develop a
mentoring relationships with an attorney or law student of a diverse
background; attend a conference, program or seminar on a diversity-related
topic; and attend an event or function where the trustee was in the minority.
The checklists are an ongoing effort and the questions and categories are
constantly being reviewed. To read more about them, visit here.
Judicial Vacancies: NJSBA
President Evelyn Padin advised the Board of Trustees that the NJSBA was seeking
a meeting with the Governor’s Office to discuss judicial vacancies, which are
approaching nearly 50 statewide and could grow in 2020 after the new judicial pay
schedule goes into effect.
Courthouse security: Following
an incident where a Workers’ Compensation Court Judge was threatened, the NJSBA
trustees approved sending
a letter to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development commissioner
urging greater and more uniform security measures be put into place in the
Division of Workers’ Compensation courts. The request to address the issue was
made by the NJSBA’s Workers’ Compensation Section.
Special speakers:
The Board of Trustees voted to
approve several speakers for special seminars. It approved a return for the presidential
historic reenactors who appear in Revolutionary Minds; Steven Stark, a writing expert; Samuel D. Hodge, who teaches about anatomy for lawyers; Barron Henley, who will present about using technology
effectively; Steven Rosen, of Movie Magic – How the Masters Try Cases; and Tom Blaisse, a time management and performance
expert. 
General Council election:
Intelliscan, a third-party
administrator for a fall election for a General Council member to serve on the NJSBA’s
Nominating Committee. The election will be held Oct. 16-23.
Policy Changes: The trustees approved several
policies. Among those changes are:
·        
Updating
the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee Manual to codify that a
member of JPAC cannot appear as a candidate before the committee for 12 months
from the end of their service. A second change is that committee members should
be deemed to have resigned their position if they miss 25 percent of the
meetings each year, at the discretion of the chair.
·        
Updating
the NJSBA’s Reimbursement Policy to allow for the reimbursement of expenses the
Family Law Section chair incurs in planning and holding the annual Family Law
Retreat, provided that profit from the event can cover the expense.
·        
The
trustees voted that no changes were necessary to the questionnaire the
Nominating Committee will use this year.
·        
The
board voted to adopt a policy that disqualifies any employee of the NJSBA
during the term of their employment and for two years after from consideration
of any award on the basis of their activities that fell within the scope of
their employment.
·        
All
changes will be made using gender-neutral language.
Muncipal Court Report:
The trustees voted to share
feedback on four recommendations of the New Jersey
Supreme Court’s Working Group on Municipal Courts.
The NJSBA comments are consistent with prior
recommendations to the Report of the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court
Operations, Fines and Fees.
·        
On recommendation 7 about
representation in cases involving license suspension for failing to pay, the
NJSBA will urge that while defendants have a right to counsel in license
suspension hearings, those defendants who qualify for a public defender should
be afforded representation by the municipal public defender. Other defendants
should be advised of their right to seek private counsel and that the so-called
Madden list should not be invoked for appointments.
·        
On recommendation 11, the trustees
endorsed the concept of establishing a uniform and formalized process for
appointments and reappointments of municipal judges.
·        
On recommendation 13, the trustees
voted to express concern about the process of reviewing sentences imposed to
ensure they are not reviewed in a vacuum and take into account all of the
circumstances surrounding each sentence.
·        
On recommendation 15, the trustees
voted to generally support the goal of permitting municipal court presiding
judges to be designated as full-time at the Chief Justice’s discretion, but to note
that it will be necessary to establish more details about how individuals would
be appointed to their position, and the terms and expectations of those
positions.
Committee name change: The
board voted that the
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Committee will now be
known as the Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, in line with a more expansive view
of attorney wellness issues and practices of other bar associations. 

About


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.

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Diversity


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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Advocacy


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

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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!

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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

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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.

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Decisis


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.

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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.

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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.

 

Advocacy


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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Networking


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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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.

 

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Reports


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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. 

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