Discovery Workshop for Municipal Court Attorneys
Date: Jul 31, 2023 4:30 p.m. – 8:05 p.m.
Member Price: $160
Non-Member Price: $200
Section Price: $150
- Emeka Nkwuo, Esq.
- Lomurro Law, Freeholdis a Partner in Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC in Freehold, New Jersey, and a trial attorney who focuses in criminal and civil litigation. In his criminal practice he represents clients who are charged with offenses in criminal, municipal and juvenile court; and in his civil practice he represents clients who were injured due to the negligence of others.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Nkwuo formerly served as an assistant public defender in Monmouth County, where he represented clients charged with offenses in criminal court and also served as the public defender in Monmouth County Drug Court. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Monmouth Bar Association and its Diversity Committee, and the District IX Ethics Committee. He is a Trustee of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Mr. Nkwuo is a member of the Haydn Proctor American Inn of Court and has lectured at the New Jersey Association of Justice’s Boardwalk Seminar. He is the recipient of several honors.
Mr. Nkwuo received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Richard W. English, J.S.C., Criminal Division, Monmouth County.
- Tamra Katcher, Esq.
- Vice President, Women Lawyers In Bergen, NJSBA
Rem Weis Katcher Duarte, Attorneys At Law, Hackensackis a Partner in Rem Weis Katcher Duarte, Attorneys at Law, in Hackensack, New Jersey, where she concentrates her practice in criminal defense litigation, including minor criminal matters, DWI and motor vehicle offenses.
Ms. Katcher is a former Assistant Prosecutor with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the City of Newark. In the latter position she assisted in organizing and supporting the City’s Quality of Life Program as well as working with the Port Authority Police to prosecute illegal limousine activity at Newark Airport. She has served as an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice Departments at Kean University, the County College of Morris and the College of St. Elizabeth, and has been a Senior Instructor for Garden State CLE since 2012.
Ms. Katcher received her B.S. from Miami University and her J.D. from New York Law School. She interned at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
- Peter H. Lederman, Esq.
- Lomurro Law, FreeholdCertified as a Municipal Court Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Shareholder in Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC in Freehold, New Jersey. For the past 35 years his practice has been limited to representing defendants charged with Driving While Intoxicated and related municipal court offenses. He was involved in two key cases, State v. Chun and State v. Foley, which determined the use of the Alcotest 7110 MK-III breath test device.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Mr. Lederman is Chair of the Middlesex County Bar Association Ad Hoc Committee on Municipal Court Reform, Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Municipal Court Committee and Past Co-Chair of the Middlesex County Bar Association Municipal Court Committee. He has lectured at the Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Convention and the NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar, and also speaks for ICLE and at numerous seminars presented by local bar associations. He authors a bi-monthly op-ed column on municipal courts for the New Jersey Law Journal and in 2006 was the recipient of the Outstanding Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year bestowed by the Middlesex County Bar Association.
Mr. Lederman received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
- Sophia Shalaby, Esq.
- Law Offices of Sophia M. Shalaby, LLC, New BrunswickLaw Offices of Sophia M. Shalaby in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and New York City, is an accomplished and experienced litigator, in civil and criminal courts, in New York, New Jersey and federally. She has extensive experience representing individuals, businesses, insurance companies and governmental bodies. A former prosecutor, she has litigated both sides of civil lawsuits and both sides of criminal cases.
Ms. Shalaby is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Ms. Shalaby received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, attended St. Thomas University School of Law and received her J.D. from New York Law School.
- Brian Wilkie, Esq.
- Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarsky, Toms Riveris a Partner in Citta Holzapfel Zabarsky in Toms River, New Jersey, where he concentrates his practice in municipal prosecution, elder law, municipal law, Workers’ Compensation and general practice matters. He has prosecuted in more than 20 jurisdictions in Monmouth, Ocean and Burlington Counties in the past six years.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Mr. Wilkie was an associate with the firm from 2017-2022. He has lectured at the annual New Jersey Judges’ Conference and the annual New Jersey State Bar Association Conference on criminal matters.
Mr. Wilkie received his B.A. from Susquehanna University, where he was elected to Tau Kappa Epsilon, and attended the University of South Dakota School of Law. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, where he was a member of the Rutgers Energy Law Society and President of the RU Subchapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He was Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Honora O’Brien Kilgallen in the Monmouth Vicinage, Criminal Division.
Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Municipal Court Practice Section
Enhance your ability to conduct effective discovery!
Learn what is discoverable. Know what you need to ask for.
Discovery is an essential part of every case and is often the most important part of the litigation process. Arguably, cases are won or lost during the discovery phase. The key to effective discovery is knowing what is available and how to get it.
Emeka Nkwuo, Esq., one of New Jersey’s most respected municipal court attorneys, will lead our panel in a discussion of:
- The importance and timing of discovery
- How to obtain discovery from equipment used in a police investigation
- Stop reports and other discovery from the New Jersey State Police
- Other valuable discovery that is available
- The consequences of destruction of discovery
- Motions to compel discovery, relevant case law and more
Make plans to attend this thorough and productive new workshop on municipal court discovery. Register today! You’ll walk away with strategies and important information that can be put to work right away in your practice.
- 4:30 - Overview - Emeka Nkwuo, Esq.
- 4:40 - Recent Decisions in Municipal Court Discovery – Peter H. Lederman, Esq.
- 5:00 - Demand and discovery in Municipal Court; Court Rule; Discovery from a Strategic Standpoint - Emeka Nkwuo, Esq.
- 5:30 - Discovery from a Defense Counsel’s Standpoint – Peter H. Lederman, Esq.
- 5:50 - Discovery from a Prosecutor’s Standpoint – Brian K. Wilkie, Esq.
- 6:20 - Break
- 6:30 - Procedures on Improving the Discovery Process; Electronic Media and Technology; 10-Day Rule; Best Practices – Sophia M. Shalaby, Esq.
- 7:00 - Motions to compel; Holup applications; Sanctions for Failure to Produce; How to get Information from the Record Room; Specific Discovery Demands Based on the Type of the Offense – Tamra Katcher, Esq.
- 7:30 - Special Issues - A Panel Roundtable
- Importance of timing of discovery
- Importance of redaction of discovery-OPRA v. discovery rules
- When is it necessary to obtain a protective order?
- Reciprocal discovery- what do you know? What do you have to provide? What if its part of your work product? Are you holding on to something that may be a detriment to your client? Rebuttal and impeachment considerations
- Consequences of destruction of evidence
- 8:05 - Adjourn
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