2023 Community Association Law Summit

Date: Nov 15, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $180.00

Non-Member Price: $225.00

Event Code: I105323

Areas of Law: Diversity, Ethics, Real Property, Trust, & Estate

Earn up to 7.8 credits, including 1.0 in Ethics and 1.0 in Diversity! (More Information)




Christine F. Li, Esq., CCAL
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, Woodbridge


Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq.
Griffin Alexander PC, Randolph
Tana Bucca, Esq.
Becker & Poliakoff, Morristown
Joseph Chorba, CPA, CFE
Wilkin & Guttenplan, PC, East Brunswick
Matthew Z. Earle, Esq.
Kates, Nussman, Ellis, Farhi & Earle, LLP, Hackensack
Mitchell H. Frumkin, PE, RS
Kipcon Inc., North Brunswick
George C. Greatrex, Jr., Esq.
Hill Wallack LLP, Cherry Hill
Vincent J. Hager, CIRMS
JGS Insurance, Holmdel
Conor J. Hennessey, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, Woodbridge
Emily A. Kaller, Esq.
Past President, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, NJSBA
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, Woodbridge
Damon M. Kress, Esq.
McGovern Legal Services, LLC, North Brunswick
J. David Ramsey, Esq., CCAL
Becker, Morristown
Michelle A. Schaap, Esq.
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, Roseland

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section

This popular and highly-acclaimed program is being offered by NJICLE for the thirteenth consecutive year.

Join this panel of distinguished community association practitioners and consultants for a program that analyzes key issues faced today by community associations. The discussion will include current and challenging issues such as cultural competency, amending governing documents under difficult circumstances, securing your association’s data, understanding the difference between pets and animals, and more.

The lunch time presentation will be a discussion of the legal, budget, reserve and insurance issues learned from the Champlain Towers South building collapse in Surfside, Florida and the balcony failure in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, as well as insight into the community association industry by an attorney, accountant, engineer and insurance professional.

Attendees will earn 1 credit hour toward the Ethics requirement and 1 credit hour toward the Diversity requirement.

Regardless of whether you are experienced in association practice, involved sporadically with association matters, or interested in pursuing the opportunities this field affords, this program will deliver an in-depth look at the most timely and significant concerns of associations governing condominiums and other types of planned communities.

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 - Welcome - Christine F. Li, Esq., CCAL 
  • 9:05 - Securing Valued Data from the “If” and Responding to the “When”: A Community Association’s Obligations When it Comes to Data Processing and Incident Response - Michelle A. Schaap, Esq.
  • 9:40 - When isn’t an Animal a Pet? Emotional Support, Service and Problem Animals - Conor J. Hennessey, Esq.
  • 10:10 - Break
  • 10:20 - Best Practices for Amending Governing Documents - George Greatrex, Esq.
  • 10:50 - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What is Cultural Competence and Why is it Important? – Emily A. Kaller, Esq.
  • 11:40 - Lunch
  • 12:00 - Lunchtime Presentation: Lessons from Champlain Towers South: Budgets, Reserves, Insurance
    • Moderator: J. David Ramsey, Esq., CCAL
    • Speakers: Joseph Chorba, CPA, CFE; Mitchell Frumkin, PE, RS; Vincent J. Hager, CIRMS
  • 1:30 - Tenants in Condominiums - From Restrictions to Evictions - Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq.
  • 2:00 - Hot Topics in Community Association Litigation - Damon M. Kress, Esq.
  • 2:30 - Break
  • 2:40 - Legislative Update - Matthew Z. Earle, Esq.
  • 3:10 - Who’s the Client? Dealing with Difficult Trustees - Tana Bucca, Esq.
  • 4:00 - Questions
  • 4:15 - Adjourn

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.8 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.0 in Ethics and 1.0 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: CPE Taxation: 1.5, NJ Advanced Diversity: 1.0, NJ Ethics: 1.0, NJ General: 5.8).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 1.0, NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 5.5
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.5, PA Substantive Credit: 4.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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