Advanced Topics in Zoning XIII: Lessons Learned

Date: Feb 23, 2024 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $143

Non-Member Price: $179

Section Price: $134

Event Code: I021824

Areas of Law: Land Use

Earn up to 2.4 credits! (More Information)




Richard S. Schkolnick, Esq.
Law Offices of Richard Schkolnick, Millburn
Law Offices of Richard Schkolnick in Millburn, New Jersey, has extensive experience providing solutions to property owners in complex land use and zoning matters, and has served as counsel to local government agencies with respect to land use and zoning issues. He focuses his practice in applications to construct wireless communications facilities and has represented national wireless carriers in hundreds of zoning applications.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, Mr. Schkolnick is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Land Use Law Section. He secured a unanimous decision from the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of the Township of West Orange in the State’s seminal eminent domain case, Township of West Orange v. 769 Associates, LLC, 172 N.J. 564 (2002), and also served as Co-General counsel to the New Jersey State Democratic Party.

Mr. Schkolnick is a graduate of Haverford College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his Masters of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center of Government, where he was a Fels Scholar. He received his J.D. from the U.C.L.A. School of Law.
Steven J. Tripp, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge


Adam J. Faiella, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross, Newark
Jennifer Porter, Esq.
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, Roseland
Stephen A. Santola, Esq.
Woodmont Properties, Fairfield
Jennifer P. Smith, Esq.
Co-Chair, Real Property Group
Gibbons PC, Newark
Steven K. Warner, Esq.
Savo Schalk Corsini Warner Gillespie, Somerville

Join us for the 13th edition of the “Advanced Topics” webinar series. This seminar will be ‘hybrid,’ and we hope you’ll join us in person for some old-fashioned networking with other land use lawyers.

In this edition of the “Advanced Topics” series, a group of experienced zoning practitioners – from across the land use ‘spectrum’ (applicants’ attorneys; board attorneys; in-house) – will talk about what they’ve learned over the years:  land use practice, procedures, policy, practice,  family management, the politics of development, and what it takes to keep clients happy. Perhaps a war story or two!  

We hope for some valuable insights and an entertaining two hours. Register today!

Topics to be included:

  • Notice pitfalls and how to avoid them;
  • How to juggle family life and law firm management with night work;
  • How to handle difficult board attorneys;
  • Difficult boards – from both the applicant and board attorney side;
  • Career challenges/career management – being out at night and then working the next day;
  • Last minute review letters;
  • Difficulty answering the epic question from a prospective client: “how long will this take and how much will it cost?”;  
  • How land use practice has changed over the years;
  • What’s on the horizon for the New Jersey land use lawyer;
  • Challenges/opportunities in taking a land use matter on a flat fee basis;
  • How to plan a vacation and not disappoint the client; and
  • From the perspective of the in-house lawyer/developer.

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 2.4 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 2.4).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.0
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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