2024 NJSBA Virtual Spring Conference

Date: Mar 7, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $195

Non-Member Price: $244

Event Code: I146624

Areas of Law: For All Attorneys

Earn up to 8.2 credits, including 2.4 in Ethics! (More Information)

Faculty

Keynote

Assemblyman Annette Quijano (District 20)
Majority Conference Leader

Moderator

Presenters

Hon. Joseph Ariyan, J.M.C.
Palisades Interstate Court
Hon. Louis J. Belasco, Jr., P.J.M.C
Atlantic County, North Wildwood
Hon. Cassandra A. Corbett, P.J.M.C.
Union
Hon. Ashlie Gibbons, J.M.C.
Newark Municipal Court
Hon. Christine M. Heitmann, P.J.M.C.
Middlesex, Jackson
Hon. Nelson Johnson (Ret.)
Author and Historian, Hammonton
Hon. Stephen L. Petrillo, J.S.C.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Dalvin Adebiyi, Esq.
Union County Prosecutor's Office, Bloomfield
William S. Bloom, Esq.
Methfessel & Werbel, Edison
Derek M. Freed, Esq.
Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC, Pennington
is the Managing Partner of Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC in Pennington, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice in matrimonial and family law.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Mr. Freed is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section and was a co-author of the Association’s amicus curiae brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court on the matters of Gnall v. Gnall and Bisbing v Bisbing. He is a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Mercer and Somerset Counties.

The recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association Distinguished Legislative Service Award in 2023, Mr. Freed serves as an Associate Managing Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer and his articles have appeared in the magazine. He has lectured on family law matters for ICLE, the New Jersey State and Mercer County Bar Associations, and the New Jersey Association for Justice.

Mr. Freed received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary and his J.D., with honors, from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.
Tracey Goldstein, Esq.
Goldstein Kelin LLC, Livingston
is a Partner in Feinstein, Raiss, Kelin, Booker & Goldstein LLC in Livingston, New Jersey, where she represents and counsels multi-family apartment owners, property managers and developers in real estate-related litigation. Her areas of concentration include novel and complex landlord/tenant issues, contract and real estate disputes, residential and commercial evictions, rent control and housing discrimination matters, and toxic tort defense (mold and lead paint). She has been involved in several published decisions and also counsels the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) on emerging landlord-tenant issues and key legislation.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, Ms. Goldstein is a member of the New Jersey State, Essex County, Hudson County and Creditor’s Bar Associations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the NJAA, is a member of the Property Owners Association and the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association, and has collaborated with the Office of the Governor. She has testified before the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee and has served as a panelist for the Division on Civil Rights.

Ms. Goldstein has lectured for ICLE, Rutgers Law School, the Hudson County Bar Association, NJ Cooperator, NJAA, the Property Owners Association and the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association. She is a sought-after media resource and has garnered numerous business and industry honors, and her articles have appeared in New Jersey Lawyer and the NJ Apartment Industry Magazine. In 2021 she was the recipient of ICLE’s Distinguished Service Award for her many years of service to the Institute.

Ms. Goldstein received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and her law degree from Western New England School of Law.
Mollie Hartman Lustig, Esq.
Secretary, Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Special Committee, NJSBA, McLaughlin & Stern, Westfield
is a Partner in McLaughlin & Stern, LLP in Clark, New Jersey, and New York City, and is Chair of the Cannabis Practice Group. She has a comprehensive understanding of the existing laws and regulations governing cannabis cultivation, sale, use and legalization; practices traditional civil law with a focus in labor and employment issues for governmental entities; and represents clients in family law matters.

Ms. Hartman Lustig is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the District of Massachusetts. Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Special Committee (CLSC), she has been a member of the Committee since 2017, co-chairs the CLSC’s Social Justice and Equity Subcommittee and sits on the Municipal and Land Use Subcommittee. She is an instructor at Rutgers Law School, has lectured for ICLE and is the recipient of several honors.

Ms. Hartman Lustig received her B.A. from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law, where she served as a Rule 3:03 Certified Student Attorney for the Suffolk University Legal Services and completed a concentration in Civil Litigation. She clerked for the Honorable Claude M. Coleman, J.S.C. and the Honorable Craig R. Harris, J.S.C., Essex County Superior Court, where she served as a Court-Certified Mediator in child custody and parenting cases.
(9/23)
Robert B. Hille, Esq.
Past President, NJSBA
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, Roseland
Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Partner in Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP in Morristown, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice in insurance and healthcare law and has litigated a number of insurance defense and coverage, healthcare, professional liability defense, fraud and abuse, and regulatory matters. He has also been involved in a number of reported decisions.

Mr. Hille is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Past President of the Bergen County Bar Association, he is Past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, where he has chaired the Insurance Benefit and Amicus Committees, continues to serve on those committees and is a member of the Malpractice Insurance Committee and the Health and Hospital Law Section. He has been a member of the Health and Tort Law Sections of the American Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee.

Mr. Hille has lectured widely on insurance and healthcare law topics. His articles have appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal and other publications, and he is the recipient of several honors.

Mr. Hille received his B.A. from Bucknell University and his J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. He served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Keven M. O’Halloran.
Stephen Hunter, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender, Trenton
W. Lois Kahagi, Esq.
W.Lois Kahagi Family Law Services, Iselin
Kaitlyn A. Lapi, Esq.
Hagan, Klein & Weisberg, LLC, Morristown
Cameron Macleod, Esq.
Gibbons P.C., Trenton
Steven G. Mlenak, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & David, LLP, Roseland
Mike Mooney
USI Affinity
Derek W. Orth, Esq.
Inglesino Webster Wicyskala & Taylor, LLC, Parsippany
Kimberly M. Parson, Esq.
Rebar Kelly, Princeton
Michael G. Perez, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Community Health Law Project, Trenton
Joshua H. Reinitz, Esq.
Iacullo, Martino & Reinitz, Nutley
Certified as a Municipal Court Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Partner in Iacullo Martino & Reinitz, LLC in Nutley, New Jersey, where he concentrates his practice in the defense of clients facing criminal or quasi-criminal charges in the municipal and Superior Courts of New Jersey. He has also been a municipal prosecutor and municipal public defender in multiple municipalities in New Jersey.

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, Mr. Reinitz is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Municipal Court Practice Section, was elected its Legislative Coordinator and is a member of the NJSBA’s Standing Committee on Legislation. He was selected to serve in the inaugural class of Fellows in the NJSBA Leadership Academy and has served on the Selection and Advisory Committees, and on the Office of Attorney Ethics District V-C Fee Arbitration Committee. Mr. Reinitz was selected by Chief Justice Rabner to serve on the Supreme Court’s Municipal Court Practice Committee and the Court’s Working Group on Municipal Court Reform. He has been a Councilman in the Borough of Fair Lawn, has lectured for ICLE and is the recipient of several honors, including the New Leader of the Bar Award bestowed by the New Jersey Law Journal and the 2019 NJSBA Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year.

Mr. Reinitz is a graduate of Rutgers College and Rutgers School of Law-Newark. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene H. Austin, J.S.C., Bergen County.
(8/23)
Margarita Rivera
Supervisor, Assistant Prosecutor
Essex County Prosecutor's Office
Akil Roper, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Legal Services of New Jersey, Edison
Sheryl J. Seiden, Esq.
Seiden Family Law, LLC, Cranford
is the founding Partner of Seiden Family Law, LLC in Cranford, New Jersey. She is a seasoned matrimonial lawyer, having practiced family law exclusively since January 2000. Prior to forming Seiden Family Law, Ms. Seiden was a Partner at a boutique law firm in Summit, where she practiced family law for thirteen years.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, Ms. Seiden is Past Chair of the Family Law Section Executive Committee (“FLEC”) of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a Trustee of the Association. She is a past Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Family Law Subcommittee for FLEC, and has been a member of FLEC since 2008. An officer and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers– New Jersey Chapter (“AAML-NJ”), Ms. Seiden has served on the Board of Managers for several years and is slated to be sworn in as the President of AAML-NJ in June 2024. She is also a member of the Union and Essex County Bar Associations. In November 2014 Ms. Seiden argued as amicus curiae for AAML in Gnall v Gnall before the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She has been an Early Settlement Panelist for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Union County, and has been asked to serve as a blue-ribbon panelist on several occasions by the Early Settlement Panel for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Essex County.

Ms. Seiden has moderated and spoken on many panels for the Family Law Symposium on topics involving creative support awards, child support, emancipation and special needs trusts, alimony issues, legislative issues affecting family law, and reexamining relocation laws. She has also been a speaker at the Friday night program for the Family Law Symposium on several occasions. Ms. Seiden is co-author of Marriage, Divorce and Dissolution (Gann Publishing, 2019, now in its 3rd Edition). She often lectures and educates junior lawyers and paralegals on how to prepare Case Information Statements, and has also lectured on the relocation laws in New Jersey as well as parental alienation.

Ms. Seiden received her B.A., cum laude, from American University and is a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where she served as the Managing Editor of the New York Law School Law Review.
Diane K. Smith, Esq.
Past Trustee, NJSBA
Seton Hall Law School Center For Social Justice, Newark
Stuart I. Teicher, Esq.
Stuart I. Teicher, Esq., East Brunswick
Anthony C. Valenziano, Esq.
Sherman Atlas Sylvester & Stamelman LLP, Florham Park
David L. Wikstrom, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, Springfield
Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Partner in Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C. in Springfield, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice primarily in the representation of clients in legal malpractice, product liability, dramshop, employment discrimination and personal injury litigation.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Wikstrom is Past President of the Union County Bar Association, Past Chair of the Essex County Bar Association’s Product Liability Section and has been a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Malpractice Litigation and Insurance. He is a former Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Past Chair of the Union County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Committee and has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Civil Trial Certification. He has also been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA), the American Bar Association, the American and New Jersey Associations for Justice, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A Master of the Richard J. Hughes American Inns of Court, Mr. Wikstrom regularly lectures on legal ethics and legal malpractice for ICLE, NJAJ and other organizations. He has been an adjunct professor at Union County College, where he has taught business law.

Mr. Wikstrom received his B.A., with honors, from William Paterson University and his J.D., cum laude, from Quinnipiac School of Law, where he was Symposium Editor of the Quinnipiac Law School Law Review and the recipient of several additional honors. He interned for the Honorable Alan H. Nevas, United States District Court, District of Connecticut.
(9/23)
Richard J. Williams, Jr., Esq.
McElroy, Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Randolph

8.2 credits including 2.4 in ethics! The topics you want! The speakers you need to hear! 

Spring into March with the NJSBA Virtual Spring Conference! Don’t miss this day long event on Zoom in which you can earn over 8 credits on topics that will help your practice bloom!

You’ll gain insights from some of the state’s top thought leaders on the topics that are crucial for you to stay ahead in 2024 and beyond. 

A.I. and Ethics for Breakfast?! Yes, please! 

Start the Day at the Intersection of Ethics & AI

Like a nice mug of coffee (or strong tea-take your pick) Stuart Teicher will wake you up and get those intellectual juices flowing with an entertaining yet informative segment on artificial intelligence. Stuart will guide you through the complex landscape of A.I. including the New Jersey Supreme Court’s recently published guidelines on the use of A.I. Stuart will then discuss Chat GPT, the unofficial leader of the artificial intelligence movement. 

In an accessible and easy-to-digest way, you will gain insights into what all of this means for your practice. The session will also pinpoint some of the many ethical challenges posed by AI, including issues related to confidentiality, safeguarding client information and supervision of non-lawyers. He will end the session with a decoding of the latest terms like “deep fakes” and “hallucinations” and answer your questions about this fast-moving technology that is changing the legal world and the world around us.  

Your conference, your way.

What would a virtual conference be without breakout sessions? We have two of them for you. Choose from several topics in tracks tailored just for you! Choose from these seminars that will enhance your practice:

Breakout Session 1
Family Law - 8 Updates in 80 Minutes- Plus 8 Tips You Can Use Today.
The legislature has been busy! Derek Freed and Sheryl Seiden will present an essential segment on what’s new in family law and what to expect soon that will impact your practice! Derek and Sheryl will update you on: “Black Hole” legislation that permits the court to effectuate equitable distribution when a complaint for divorce or dissolution of civil union has been filed and either party has died prior to final judgment, the “Coercive Control” bill that requires the court to consider information concerning coercive control in domestic violence proceedings; the Victim’s Assistance and Survivor’s Protection Act (VASPA), the new Parenting Coordinator legislation, recent cohabitation legislation, the latest involving DCPP, work on a future “fundamental right to remarry” bill and some proposed changes to child support. The session will conclude with 8 practical takeaways you can use right now.

The legislature has been busy! Derek Freed and Sheryl Seiden will present a segment on the most important recent legislation for your practice.
The New Expungement Law
Hear from Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, sponsor of the recently enacted law that amends, revises and clarifies provisions of the expungement statutes as well as experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys on the latest on clean slate expungement and how to help your criminal law clients get a fresh start in life. The additional speakers are: Special Deputy Attorney General/Assistant Prosecutor Dalvin Adebiyi, Public Defender Stephen Hunter, Akil Roper from Legal Services, Assistant Prosecutor Margarita Rivera and Mollie Hartman Lustig, Esq., who will moderate the panel.  
COAH: What to Expect when You Don’t Know What to Expect
Affordable housing law in New Jersey is ever-evolving and 2024 promises more of the same. Senators Scutari and Singleton have introduced Bill S50, which proposes to abolish COAH and instead substitute different mechanisms for accomplishing the affordable housing goals that were originally meant to be reached through COAH. 

Join Cameron MacLeod, Steven Mlenak and Derek Orth as they try to look into a “crystal ball” and discuss the current state of affordable housing obligations and what to expect in the future. 
To Dismiss or Not to Dismiss – That is the Question! 
Experienced litigators, Kimberly M. Parson and Anthony  C. Valenziano, will present a segment on whether and why you should move to dismiss a complaint under R. 4:6-2. They will wrap up the segment with tactics for being successful. 
 
Breakout Session 2
The ABC’s of an Impactful CIS
There is nothing elementary about the CIS. Join Lois Kahagi and Kaitlyn Lapi as they present a program for experienced practitioners and recently admitted lawyers on the important preparation of a Case Information Statement.
Municipal Court Judges’ Roundtable
There are 530 municipal courts in New Jersey, many with their own preferences and procedures. Join Joshua Reinitz, the Hon. Louis J. Belasco, Jr., P.J.M.C., Atlantic County, the Hon. Cassandra A. Corbett, P.J.M.C., Union, the Hon. Christine Heitmann, P.J.M.C., Middlesex, the Hon. Joseph Ariyan, J.M.C., Rutherford, Palisades Interstate Court and the Hon. Ashlie Gibbons, J.M.C. as they discuss what you can do to present your client’s case in the most favorable way in their courts. You will see what they have in common, what they don’t, and gain some insight into the decision-making process for all.  
What Both Landlord and Tenant Attorneys Need to Know Now
How does eviction court work today? What is the role of the participants in assuring that landlords and tenants perceive the process and result as fair? What are the hot issues? Join Moderator Diane K. Smith, the Hon. Stephen Petrillo, Tracey Goldstein and Michael G. Perez as they present the latest and most impactful information on landlord tenant law. 
Bad Faith in Insurance Contracts – for Both Plaintiffs and Defendants
Worsening weather and a worldwide pandemic both have led to increased insurance claims. Join William S. Bloom, Esq., David L. Wikstrom, Esq. and Richard J. Williams, Esq. as they present this segment on claim denial or unreasonable delay, and how you can prove it or defend against it.

We give you two special choices to wrap up your day.

A writing session from the judge who wrote “Boardwalk Empire” or an ethics session from an attorney who is the “go to” for so many who have found themselves in a malpractice case and an expert insurance carrier– we give you two special sessions to wrap up the day.
  • Writing with Style and Persuasion by Nelson Johnson: 
    As an attorney, your success depends on your ability to communicate effectively, regardless of the subject or audience. Your goal must be simple, unadorned prose; writing that is lean, strong, and free of embellishment. None of that comes effortlessly, but armed with the right strategies, it is easily achievable.

    As an award-winning author (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Battleground New Jersey,” “Darrow’s Nightmare”), retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson enjoys sharing the “tricks of the writing trade” that are rarely discussed in college or law school – yet are highly effective. The concepts he will share will help you to develop new habits that will build confidence and transform your writing style.

  • The Latest on Risk Management by USI Affinity
    Join Mike Mooney, a Senior Vice President with USI Affinity and Robert B. Hille whose practice includes representing attorneys in malpractice cases and before the OAE as they present a vital segment about how to manage risk for yourself and your practice.

    Topics include:
    The Risk - Areas and trends; RPCs setting the standards/the Baxt case applying the standards as evidence of malpractice.
    Preventive Care -Using the RPCs as a guide; DOs and DON’Ts of practice; Ways to protect yourself
    When Trouble Comes - Your Broker/Your Ally; Source of valued product, advice and risk management resource; Coverage Protection, know what you have. 

The day will fly by. Join us for the Spring Conference and watch your practice bloom!

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 8.2 hours of total CLE credit, including 2.4 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 2.4, NJ General: 5.8).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Cybersecurity Ethics Non-transitional: 0.5, NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 1.5, NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 5.5
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 2.0, 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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