Amicus Update – Key Decisions That Will Impact Your Practice
Date: Mar 11, 2024 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Member Price: $143
Non-Member Price: $179
Section Price: $134
- Diana C. Manning, Esq.
- NJSBA Executive Committee, NJSBA
Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, Florham ParkCertified 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.
- Hon. Jaynee LaVecchia, (Ret.)
- McCarter & English, LLP, Morris Township
- F. Bradford Batcha, Esq.
- Immediate Past President, Monmouth County Bar Association
Batcha & Batcha LLC, Shrewsbury
- Robert B. Hille, Esq.
- Past President, NJSBA
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, RoselandCertified 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.
- Craig J. Hubert, Esq.
- Past Trustee, NJSBA
Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader PC, Lawrenceville
- Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq.
- Immediate Past President, NJSBA Executive Committee, NJSBA
Lawrence Law, LLC, WatchungCertified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is the Managing Member and founder of Lawrence Law in Watchung, New Jersey. She practices in all areas of matrimonial and family law including divorce litigation, mediation and arbitration, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship advice, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She is also a trained collaborative lawyer and divorce mediator, and has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Ms. Lawrence is President of the Academy’s New Jersey Chapter and has been certified by the AAML as a Family Law Arbitrator. She is also a volunteer attorney with the New Jersey State Bar Military Legal Assistance Program, which provides pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or in active duty of the armed forces after September 11, 2001. Past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, she is Past Chair of the NJSBA Family Law Section, has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and is Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association. Ms. Lawrence has served on the District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee and has been a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, she was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a Representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section and has also been a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the American Bar Association. She serves on the Matrimonial Certification Committee that oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process and has been an attorney volunteer at Safe+Sound Somerset.
Ms. Lawrence is a frequent lecturer at divorce and family law programs and has been a senior editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and a member and Barrister of the Central New Jersey American Inns of Court. Ms. Lawrence is a recipient of the Young Lawyers Division Professional Achievement Award, the Carol Murphy Award bestowed by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, and is a 3-time recipient of the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Woman in Somerset County from the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna award and the Saul Tischler Award from the NJSBA Family Law Section in 2023.
Ms. Lawrence received her B.A. from Kean University and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law. While in law school, she was awarded the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Award in addition to serving as the Student Director of the Family Law Clinic.
- Brian J. Neary, Esq.
- Law Offices of Brian J Neary, Hackensack
Hear a summary and analysis of key cases from the past year where the NJSBA participated as an amicus party in shaping policy that will impact the practice of law. Learn from the lead attorneys representing the NJSBA about the unique issues they faced as an amicus participant, what policy issues were at stake and what the results mean for your practice going forward. You’ll walk away with an arsenal of information you can apply right away to cases you are handling in a variety of practice areas, including ethics/professionalism, civil litigation, family law, real estate transactions and criminal practice.
Also, hear from former state Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia about the impact of amicus curiae participation and how and when to effectively recruit or present an amicus argument that will advocate for your client’s policy position and assist the Court in resolving matters of public importance.
The specific cases that will be discussed are:
- In re Wade – Directed additional review of creating a potential path to reinstatement after disbarment.
- W.S. v. Hildreth – Allowed child sexual abuse victims to seek redress for their claims even when a Tort Claims notice was not filed in a timely manner.
- Cardali v. Cardali – Established a clear standard and procedure for determining cohabitation to support the termination of alimony payments.
- Fitzpatrick v. Qasim – Concluded that, so long as there is actual notice of disapproval of a residential real estate contract, the notice is valid even if it is not transmitted in the manner set forth in the contract.
- Facebook v. NJ – Affirmed the necessity of a heightened showing to obtain a search warrant for social media messages that are prospective in nature and are sought to be obtained on a near contemporaneous basis.
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