Don’t Like the Rules? Change the Law – Advocacy for Lawyers
Date: Dec 1, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Member Price: $152
Non-Member Price: $190
- Lisa Chapland, Esq.
- Senior Managing Director of Government Affairs, New Jersey State Bar Association
- Andrew J. DeMaio, Esq.
- of Counsel, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., Red Bank
- Assemblywoman Victoria Flynn, Esq.
- District 13
Law Office of Victoria A. Flynn LLC, Holmdel
- 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.
- Mary Kathryn Roberts, Esq.
- Riker Danzig LLP, Trenton
- Kaitlin Wolff, Esq.
- Legislative Program Director, Uniform Law Commission
No matter where you live in New Jersey, both Trenton and Washington, D.C. may seem very far away. How can you ensure that your voice is heard to create statues or effect changes?
Turning an idea into a law or changing an undesirable part of a law into a desirable one, is much more complicated than it seems. To produce the legislation that you want to see, it is vital to know what happens behind the scenes.
In this unique program, the speakers will begin with an overview of the sources of legislation, how laws are created, how they are interpreted, and how advocacy can impact your practice area. They will take you through the steps to creating law, from pitching the idea to a legislator, to the function of Office of Legislative Services, and the vital role of legislative committees in the process.
Then, the speakers will shine a light on a rarely seen side of advocacy. Using the Uniform Trust Code as an example, they will take you through the importance of legislative intent, the function of the Uniform Law Commission, and demonstrate how to ensure that a proposed law is interpreted in a way that coincides with your intent.
Register for this program plus “Law of Lobbying for both Federal and New Jersey Legislation” and receive a $40 voucher toward your next seminar.