Military Law and Veterans’ Affairs Symposium 2024

Date: Apr 13, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, and Online

Event Code: I128024

Areas of Law:

Earn up to 7.3 credits, including 0.6 in Ethics and 0.6 in Diversity! (More Information)



Mark Bodrog, (Capt., USMC)
Author, Playwright, Combat Veteran
United States Marine Corps


Christopher J. D'Alessandro, Esq.
Donelson, D'Alessandro & Peterson, Woodbury


Hon. Bernard E. DeLury, Jr., J.S.C.
Superior Court of New Jersey
Robert A. Ebberup, Esq.
Law Offices of Robert A. Ebberup, LLC, Toms River
Michael J. Fleres, Esq.
Schultz & Associates LLC, Hackensack
Shad R. Kidd, Esq. (Lt. Col., USAF)
Staff Judge Advocate, 87th Air Base Wing
United States Air Force
Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq.
President, NJSBA
Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran LLC, Ocean
is the founding Partner of the Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran, LLC in Ocean, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice exclusively in family law and handles matters related to divorce, custody, alimony, domestic violence, adoption, prenuptial agreements, parenting rights, same-sex marriage and other issues. He has also served as a Municipal Court Judge in Ocean Township and is a former Municipal Prosecutor for the Township.

Mr. McGoughran is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court. A member of the New Jersey State, Pennsylvania, Ocean County and Monmouth Bar Associations, he is President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Past Chair of the NJSBA Family Law Section Executive Committee, serves on the Executive Committee of the Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Section and is a member of the Legal Education Committee. Mr. McGoughran is also Past President of the Monmouth Bar Association and Past Co-Chair of the Monmouth Bar Association’s Family Law Committee. He has been a Trustee for Monmouth County on the NJSBA’s Board of Trustees and has co-chaired the Legislation and Meeting Arrangements and Program Committees.

In 2010 and 2013 Mr. McGoughran was the recipient of the Distinguished Legislative Service Award bestowed by the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Monmouth Bar Association Family Law Committee presented him with the Family Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012. He is a regular lecturer on law and ethics topics.

Mr. McGoughran received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. O’Hagan, JSC.
Nancy Y. Morgan, Esq.
Finkelstein & Partners, Newburgh
Joseph Ruiz, Esq. (Col. NJANG)
State Staff Judge Advocate
New Jersey Air National Guard
Sarajane (Sally) Stenton, Esq. (Lt COL., USAF Ret.)
Law Offices of Robert A. Ebberup, LLC, Toms River
Margaret Stock, Esq. (LTC USAR Ret.)
Margaret Stock, Esq. (LTC USAR Ret.)
Justin Vidal, Esq. (Cpt., NJANG)
New Jersey Air National Guard, Egg Harbor City
Jill Westerberg, Esq.
Westerberg Law LLC, Cranbury

Free Program!

Don’t miss this annual seminar specially created for active-duty military personnel and veterans, the lawyers who represent them and anyone interested in learning more about the issues they face. Those who attend the seminar’s breakout session will qualify for Veterans’ Benefits accreditation and gain the essential tools to represent veterans within the VA. 

This year's agenda:

  • 0800 | Registration and Breakfast
  • 0830 | Playing of the National Anthem / Welcome Remarks - Christopher J. D’Alessandro, Esq. (MAJ, NJARNG)
  • 0840 | Opening and Introductory Remarks - Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq.
  • 0845 | Break out session: Veterans’ Benefits Accreditation  
    Sarajane (Sally) Stenton, Esq. (Lt COL., USAF Ret.); Nancy Y. Morgan, Esq.
  • 0845 | Veterans Diversion Program – A New Start for Our Heroes - Hon. Bernard E. DeLury, Jr., J.S.C.; Robert A. Ebberup, Esq.
  • 0935 | When Soldiers Need (Family) Lawyers: Love is a Battlefield - Michael J. Fleres, Esq.          
  • 1025 | Break
  • 1035 | Keynote Speaker – Closing the Military Civilian Gap  - Mark Bodrog (Capt., USMC)
  • 1105 | Military Discrimination Basic Training - Christopher J. D’Alessandro, Esq. (MAJ, NJARNG)
  • 1155 | Lunch
  • 1225 | Presentation of Col. Sandy Rader Memorial Award
  • 1245 | View into Military Justice Reform & Panel Discussion - Joseph Ruiz, Esq. (Col. NJANG); Shad R. Kidd, Esq. (Lt. Col., USAF); Justin Vidal, Esq. (Cpt., NJANG)
  • 1425 | Break
  • 14:35 | Meeting the Recruiting Needs for a Modern Military: Exploring the legalities and practical implications of policy changes to meet the needs of a modern fighting force.
    - Jill Westerberg, Esq.; Margaret Stock, Esq. (LTC USAR Ret.)       
  • 1530 | Concluding Remarks “A Second Class Protected Class”, Q/A - Christopher J. D’Alessandro, Esq. (MAJ, NJARNG)
  • 16:00 | Adjourn

Adjourn main session at 1600. 1600-1630 continue Q/A meet-greet with MLVAS board, CLE Presenters (optional)

Note: Attendance at the event will qualify for Veterans’ Administration accreditation in compliance with 38 C.F.R. 14.629(b) if you attend the Veterans’ Benefits Accreditation Breakout Session. This symposium satisfies VA CLE requirements for the initial year accreditation and for the ongoing biannual recertification. It is appropriate for new and experienced practitioners.

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 7.3 hours of total CLE credit, including 0.6 in Ethics and 0.6 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Advanced Diversity: 0.6, NJ Ethics: 0.6, NJ General: 6.1).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 0.5, NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 0.5, NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 6.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.0, PA Substantive Credit: 5.0
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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