2024 Labor and Employment Law Forum

Date: Mar 8, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $187

Non-Member Price: $234

Section Price: $176

Event Code: I022424

Areas of Law: Labor & Employment

Earn up to 6.7 credits, including 1.2 in Ethics! (More Information)

Faculty

Keynote

Moderator

Domenick Carmagnola, Esq.
Past President, NJSBA
Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, Morristown
Yvette Gibbons, Esq.
Past President, Essex County Bar Association
Employment Compliance Strategies, LLC, South Orange
Robert T. Szyba, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw, New York
is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York City, where he defends and counsels employers in a wide range of employment-related issues, including background check and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, “ban the box” issues, prevailing wage requirements, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower retaliation, family and medical leave compliance and interference/retaliation claims, paid sick leave, and discrimination/harassment. He also advises clients on preventive employment counseling, pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, alternate dispute resolution and mandatory arbitration programs, and employment policies and procedures.

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, Mr. Szyba serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has been Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professional Responsibility Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section’s Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee.

Mr. Szyba has served on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and as a member of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s New Jersey Labor & Employment Law Quarterly and has lectured for ICLE, NELA-NJ, the American and New York State Bar Associations, and other organizations.

Mr. Szyba received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music and his J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and a member of Hofstra’s Moot Court Association.
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Presenters

Hon. Peter F. Bariso, Jr., AJSC (Ret.)
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Hon. Patricia K. Costello, AJSC (Ret.)
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, Roseland
Hon. Ronald J. Hedges (Ret.)
Former U.S. Magistrate Judge
Ronald J. Hedges LLC, Hackensack
is Senior Counsel for Dentons in New York City and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and the management of complex civil litigation matters, and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on the management and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia, and before several federal courts, Judge Hedges is a former United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1986-2007), where he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and a member of and reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. A member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges from 2001-2005, he has also been a member of the American Law Institute, the American and Federal Bar Associations, and the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Judge Hedges has served on the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board; the Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access; and the Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Protection. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Judge Hedges has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence and mediation skills. He is the author of “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule” (New Jersey Law Journal, 5/18/2009) and has authored, edited and co-edited a number of other publications on ESI topics including Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA, 2007). He is the principal author of the third edition of the Federal Judicial Center’s Pocket Guide for Judges on Discovery of Electronic Information.

Judge Hedges received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
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Hon. Sohail Mohammed, P.J.Cr.
Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, Hackensack
is a Partner in Pashman Stein Walder Hayden with offices in Hackensack and Holmdel, New Jersey, and Purchase, New York. A highly-respected civil and criminal litigator, he concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, international human rights compliance, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation, and has appeared in high-profile trials including the nine-month trial involving former Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan and the successful eight-year defense of senior executives of a major multinational corporation charged with environmental violations, as well as serving as Defense Co-Counsel for Senator Robert Menendez against criminal allegations of public corruption and bribery brought by the U.S. government.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and a member and Past President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Criminal Justice and International Law, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section and Task Force on Judicial Independence. He has been a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he is a former Board Member and Parliamentarian.

Host of the Emmy Award-winning New Jersey Network program Due Process, Mr. Brown has been a Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has taught international criminal law, criminal procedure and professional responsibility. He has also taught international criminal law at the Seton Hall/American University Program in Cairo, Egypt, and at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Mr. Brown is the recipient of the Litigation Counsel of America’s Peter Perlman Service Award and the (inaugural) 2018 Francis X. Dee Award bestowed by the American College of Trial Lawyers, as well as a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association and several other honors. His articles have appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal and other professional publications, and he has lectured for ICLE, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Professional Education Group and other organizations.

Mr. Brown received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.
Sean Joyce, Esq.
Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, Morristown
Randi W. Kochman, Esq.
Cole Schotz P.C., Hackensack
Diana C. Manning, Esq.
NJSBA Executive Committee, NJSBA
Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, Florham Park
Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Principal of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. in the firm’s Florham Park, New Jersey, office. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy, and has represented clients in those matters for more than 25 years.

Ms. Manning is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court and the United States Supreme Court. Past President of the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ), she has served on TANJ’s Amicus Committee and is Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Ms. Manning has also been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Chair of the District XA Ethics Committee and has been Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Amicus Committee. Because of her depth of experience in the area of legal malpractice, she was also appointed to the NJSBA Blue Ribbon Panel Committee in Professional Malpractice.

Ms. Manning authored the “State of New Jersey” chapter of The Law of Lawyers’ Liability: Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice (ABA/First Chair Press, 2012), which gives an overview of the laws governing attorney wrongdoing in each state, written by lawyers who practice in that state. She is a frequent lecturer for ICLE on legal malpractice and professional responsibility topics and the recipient of several honors.

Ms. Manning received her B.A. from Rutgers College and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.
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William H. Mergner, Jr., Esq.
President-ELECT, NJSBA Executive Committee, NJSBA
Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni P.A., Cedar Knolls
Thomas P. Scrivo, Esq.
Past Trustee, NJSBA
O'Toole Scrivo LLC, Cedar Grove
Mohammed Sohail
Mohammed Sohail
Steven W. Suflas, Esq.
Past Trustee, NJSBA
Holland & Hart LLP, Salt Lake City

Every year, New Jersey’s leading labor and employment lawyers attend "The Forum" to keep up to date on the latest law and hear sophisticated analysis from seasoned practitioners.

Join us this year as for a distinguished panel of labor and employment lawyers, moderated by Domenick Carmagnola, the NJSBA's past president and former chair of the NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Section; Robert Szyba, the former editor in chief of the Labor and Employment Law Quarterly; and Yvette Gibbons, a dynamic speaker and active member of the Labor and Employment Section. 

You will to gain a deeper understanding of recent labor law issues from Steve Suflas's ever-popular case law update, learn how AI has made its impact and hear a lively discussion about the ethical issues every labor and employment lawyer should consider. As an attendee, you will receive targeted, useful information you can immediately use in your practice.

This is one annual labor and employment feature program you would not want to miss!

Topics include:

  • Labor Law Issues - Domenick Carmagnola, Esq.; Sean Joyce, Esq.
    o Recent Changes to NLRB Rules
    o NLRB is unconstitutional / Starbucks
  • AI in Recruiting Employees  - Yvette Gibbons, Esq.
    o Resume Review
    o Assessment of AI Interview Answers
    o Searching LinkedIn
    o Screening
  • Trial Component - Hon. Peter F. Bariso, Jr., AJSC (Ret.)
    o Jury Selection and Status of Trial Calendars
  • Ethics – Does the Use of AI Implicate Ethics Rules or Judicial Canons? - Hon. Sohail Mohammed, PJCr; Hon. Ronald Hedges (Ret.)
  • Case Law Update - Steven W. Suflas, Esq.
  • Employment Issues that Lawyers and Law Firms are dealing with post-Covid
  • o Inter-Generational Issues
    o Navigating Return to Work – Policies / Procedures

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 6.7 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.2 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Civil Trial Attorney Credit: 6.7, NJ Ethics: 1.2, NJ General: 5.5).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 5.5
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.0, 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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