New Attorney Day

Date: Jan 20, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $159

Non-Member Price: $199

Event Code: I500024

Areas of Law: Administrative, Labor & Employment, Law Office Management, Workers' Compensation, Young Lawyers Division

Fully satisfy your NJ New Attorney MCLE Requirements! (More Information)





Dennis M. Baptista, Esq.
Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., Cherry Hill
Certified as a Workers’ Compensation Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is in private practice in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and concentrates his practice in the representation of injured workers. With more than 30 years of experience, he has earned a reputation among the Workers’ Compensation bar for being a respected practitioner of integrity and skill. Mr. Baptista has litigated numerous complicated Workers’ Compensation cases, including claims involving accidental injuries, occupational diseases, repetitive motion injuries, total permanent disability and work-related death. He obtained an Appellate Division decision in Medical Diagnostic Association v. Hawruluk, which prevents medical providers from suing injured workers for the payment of medical bills while their Workers Compensation claims are being litigated.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Mr. Baptista is Vice President of the New Jersey Advisory Council on Safety and Health (NJCOSH) and has been a Judge of the Phillipsburg Municipal Court. Prior to his judicial appointment he served for ten years as Commissioner of the Phillipsburg Housing Authority, which provides safe, sanitary and affordable housing for the areas’ working poor, and which achieved “High Performer” status, HUD’s highest possible rating of a housing authority, for each year he was Commissioner. He is a frequent lecturer for ICLE, where he instructs other lawyers in the handling of Workers’ Compensation claims, and is the author of articles which have appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal.

Mr. Baptista received his B.A. from Rutgers University-Newark College of Arts & Sciences and his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School-Newark.
James E. Burden, Esq.
McClure Burden LLC, Verona
Rosemary S. Gousman, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips LLP, Murray Hill
Ruby Kumar-Thompson, Esq.
Cleary Giacobbe, Oakland
James Lemonedes, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., Newark
Patricia Prezioso, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross PC, Newark
Thomas H. Prol, Esq.
Past President, NJSBA
Sills Cummis & Gross, PC, Newark

Fast-Track Your MCLE Requirements With the NJSBA’s New Attorney Day!

Join us for “New Attorney Day,” a program designed to help newly admitted attorneys in New Jersey fast-track their Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements.

Your Requirements: Effective January 1, 2024, new attorneys in New Jersey are required to earn 16 total credits in a minimum of six subject areas, including at least one credit in New Jersey attorney trust & business accounting fundamentals.

How It Works: Spend just one day attending programs and satisfy the rest of the requirement by watching video on demand.

First, register for the program - as an attendee, you’ll be able to choose from one morning session and one afternoon session on the day of the program.

Morning Sessions (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.):

  • Intro to Workers’ Compensation
    - Featuring: Dennis M. Baptista, Esq.
  • Intro to Administrative Law

Afternoon Sessions (12:30 - 3:30 p.m.):

  • Intro to Labor and Employment
    - Featuring: James E. Burden, Esq.; Rosemary Gousman, Esq.; Ruby Kumar-Thompson, Esq.; James Lemonedes, Esq.; Patricia M. Prezioso, Esq.
    • 12:30 | NJLAD and CEPA Litigation - James E. Burden, Esq. and Patricia Prezioso, Esq. 
    • 1:30 | Wage and Hour - James Lemonedes, Esq.
    • 2:15 | Compliance Issues - James E. Burden, Esq.; Rosemary S. Gousman, Esq. and Ruby Kumar-Thompson, Esq.
  • Intro to Law Office Management
    - Featuring: Thomas H. Prol, Esq.

Next, select from a variety of On-Demand programs to watch at your convenience to fully satisfy the remainder of your requirement (a selection form will be sent to you on the day of the program).

Bonus: Two Ultimate Career Advancement Tools Worth $199

As a bonus, everyone who registers for New Attorney Day will receive two career advancement tools, normally valued at $199, for free:

  • Complimentary NJSBA Membership for One Year: Kickstart your career with access to several on-demand courses, including Attorney Trust and Business Accounting, to fulfill all your new admit requirements!

  • New Jersey Portable Legal Library: Get a copy of our General Practitioners Electronic Legal Library, providing you with practical and valuable strategies to handle matters in virtually all areas of law, including Administrative Law, Bankruptcy Practice, Basic Estate Administration, Basic Estate Planning, Civil Trial Preparation, Collection Practice, Criminal Trial Preparation, Family Law, Landlord/Tenant Practice, Legal Ethics Skills – 3 Volume Set, Municipal Court Practice, New Jersey Law Office Management, Organization and Sale of Small Business, Real Estate Closing Procedures, Trust and Business Accounting for Attorneys, and Workers’ Compensation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to fulfill your New Attorney MCLE requirements and jumpstart your career. Register today!

CLE Credits
NJ, NY, and PA CLE:Fully satisfy your New Jersey New Attorney MCLE Requirement and earn CLE in NY and PA (see description for details).

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If you need to cancel your registration and are not transferring to another program or date, please submit a written request to us at least three business days before the event, meeting, or gathering. You will receive a refund minus a $20.00 cancellation fee. No refunds or registration changes will be issued within three business days of the event, meeting, or gathering.

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