Recent Developments in NJ Law: 2023 Update

Date: Jul 19, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Event Code: I177023

Areas of Law: Ethics, For All Attorneys

Earn up to 6.3 credits, including 1.3 in Ethics! (More Information)




Peter L. Frattarelli, Esq.
Archer & Greiner PC, Voorhees


Tracy A. Armstrong, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge
Bonnie C. Frost, Esq.
Chair, Ethics Diversionary Program
Einhorn Barbarito Frost & Botwinick PC, Denville
Christopher W. Gerold
Lowenstein Sandler, Roseland
Bhaveen R. Jani, Esq.
Stark & Stark, Hamilton
William A. Krais, Esq.
Porzio Bromberg & Newman, Morristown
Anthony R. LaRatta, Esq.
Archer & Greiner PC, Voorhees
William H. Mergner, Jr., Esq.
President, NJSBA
Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni P.A., Cedar Knolls
Cheyne R. Scott, Esq.
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus

Keeping up to date with recent changes in New Jersey law is critical to effectively represent your clients. However, if you handle a broad range of matters, tracking the latest developments can be time consuming and tedious. Register today for this informative annual program to hear some of New Jersey’s leading authorities provide insight into the latest developments this year in their respective fields including presentations on attorney conducted voir dire in civil trial practice; emerging developments in labor and employment law involving cannabis in the workforce; recent developments in estate and trust law; current trends in cryptocurrency; a look at severance agreements, plant closures, mass layoffs and NJ law; the application of 1st Amendment rights to negative reviews on the Internet –the rights of companies, employers, consumers, and more… plus a valuable ethics refresher on privilege and the attorney client relationship.

Benefit from the experience and expertise of this panel, and quickly translate the knowledge you gain into effective strategies to handle a variety of cases. You’ll take home a comprehensive seminar handbook that can serve as a useful resource in your practice.

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 - Opening - Peter L. Frattarelli, Esq.
  • 9:05 - Opting into attorney conducted voir dire, or not? The benefits and pitfalls - Bhaveen R. Jani, Esq.; William H. Mergner, Jr, Esq.
  • 9:45 - Managing employees working under the influence of cannabis - Tracy Armstrong, Esq.
  • 10:25 - Break
  • 10:35 - Current Trends in Cryptocurrency: Grasping the Evolving Legal Issues - Christopher Gerold, Esq.
  • 11:15 - Severance agreements; plant closures; mass layoffs and NJ law regarding mandatory severance - Peter L. Frattarelli, Esq.
  • 11:55 - Morning wrap-up/Question and Answer
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 12:30 - Recent developments in estate and trust law - Anthony R. La Ratta, Esq.
  • 1:10 - Negative reviews and the 1st Amendment- rights of companies, employees and consumers regarding negative posts and the efforts in Congress to limit the rights of internet / social media companies against defamation claims - Cheyne R. Scott, Esq.
  • 1:50 - What we can learn from the Trump/Daniels case: an attorney-client relationship refresher - Bonnie C. Frost, Esq.; William A. Krais, Esq.
  • 2:55 - Final comments
  • 3:00 - Adjourn

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 6.3 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.3 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 1.3, NJ General: 5.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 5.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.0, PA Substantive Credit: 4.0
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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