The NJSBA Summer Conference- A Special One-Day Virtual Event

Date: Aug 21, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $185

Non-Member Price: $225

Event Code: I134524

Areas of Law: For All Attorneys

Earn up to 8 credits! (More Information)





Hon. Ronald J. Hedges (Ret.)
Former USMJ
Principal, Ronald J. Hedges LLC, Hackensack
is Senior Counsel for Dentons in New York City and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and the management of complex civil litigation matters, and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on the management and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia, and before several federal courts, Judge Hedges is a former United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1986-2007), where he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and a member of and reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. A member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges from 2001-2005, he has also been a member of the American Law Institute, the American and Federal Bar Associations, and the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Judge Hedges has served on the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board; the Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access; and the Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Protection. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Judge Hedges has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence and mediation skills. He is the author of “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule” (New Jersey Law Journal, 5/18/2009) and has authored, edited and co-edited a number of other publications on ESI topics including Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA, 2007). He is the principal author of the third edition of the Federal Judicial Center’s Pocket Guide for Judges on Discovery of Electronic Information.

Judge Hedges received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Hon. Julien X. Neals, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Cristina Dolan
Engineer, Computer Scientist, CEO, Inside Chains
John M. Hockin, Jr., Esq.
Ronan, Tuzzio & Giannone, Tinton Falls
Thaddeus J. Hubert, III, Esq.
Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas LLP, New Brunswick
Naju R. Lathia, Esq.
Day Pitney, Parsippany
Charles Murray, III, Esq.
Farkas and Donohue, Florham Park
Victoria A. Schall, Esq.
Schall At Law LLC, Marlton
Christina Vassiliou Harvey, Esq.
Past Trustee, NJSBA
Lomurro Law, Freehold
is a Partner in Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC (Lomurro Law) in Freehold, New Jersey. She focuses her practice in appellate matters, personal injury litigation, disability matters, attorney ethics and horseracing law, and has experience litigating personal injury case for both the plaintiff and defense sides, medical malpractice cases for plaintiffs, commercial disputes, and prosecuting and defending insurance brokers and attorneys in claims of professional negligence.

Ms. Harvey is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the trial and appellate levels, and before administrative agencies. A former Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, she has been a member of the New Jersey Law Journal’s Young Lawyer Advisory Board and is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Having served as President of the Mercer County Women Lawyers Caucus, she is a founding board member of the Community Justice Center, a non-profit organization that assists disabled veterans in obtaining disability benefits.

Ms. Harvey has authored articles for the New Jersey Lawyer newspaper, NJ Esq., The Affiliate, The Young Lawyer and the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Newsletter. She has lectured for ICLE on professional responsibility as part of the Skills and Methods course and for the NJSBA and other organizations on ethics, collections and client relations. She has received three "Star of the Quarter" awards and one “Star of the Year” award for her work in the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and was the recipient of the Service to the Bar Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2013 from the NJSBA-Young Lawyers Division.

Ms. Harvey received her B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She was a contract specialist for the United States Navy before attending Rutgers University School of Law and receiving her J.D. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothea O’C. Wefing, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

A Special One-Day Virtual Event

Presented in cooperation with SABA-NJ

The New Jersey State Bar Association is excited to host the 2024 CLE event of the summer! Beat the heat, pour yourself some lemonade or iced tea and enjoy the very best of CLE. You’ll earn up to 8.0 credits, including ethics, as you explore the hottest topics and most important information for your practice. 

Just like our Annual Meeting and other major conferences, there’s no need to pre-register for individual seminars. Log in to our easy-to-navigate conference website to attend the sessions you want throughout the day. 

Get a jump on your credit requirements and dive in!  

Here is a sample of some of the topics to be offered. Speakers and topics will be added regularly, so check back for information!

Civil Litigation

Avoiding Affidavit of Merit Pitfalls
The Affidavit of Merit Statute has a simple premise of weeding out frivolous litigation while permitting meritorious ones to go forward. But the statute has become a trap for the unwary. Learn about the latest updates affecting medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice and other professional negligence matters.


Cautionary Case Law - Ethics for All Practitioners
Ethics cases and rules can make you feel like you’re getting caught in the undertow! Join seasoned ethics and malpractice attorney Thaddeus Hubert, who is also Hoagland Longo’s Ethics Partner, as he takes you through cautionary case law for all attorneys. From the latest on referrals to attorney-client privilege, conflicts of interests to the duty of communication, Ted will review the most important ethics cases for your practice.


Attorneys and New Technology – How Versed Are You?
New or improved technologies appear on a seemingly daily basis. These technologies are often available to, and used by, both attorneys and their clients. The technologies can have benefits – they solve problems, help you work faster and can make you more efficient. However, they also carry risks. 

This cutting-edge segment will fill you in on the latest technology for your practice. You’ll receive practical information about how to use it, plus important caveats about what to be aware of as you implement it. This will be presented by esteemed judges who are well-versed in technology – its benefits and potential problem – as well as an attorney who is the co-chair of her firm’s data privacy, protection and litigation group, and an internet pioneer and MIT Media Lab alumna. 

Estate Planning and Probate

Where There’s a Defective Will – Is There a Way?
Most people are aware they need a will, but they are not necessarily aware of the requirements that allow a will to be probated. Some wills are handwritten on napkins, or printed out with blanks filled in and signed but not witnessed. If you represent an estate, how can you have imperfect wills admitted into probate? Find out what the best options are and how to make it work so that the decedent’s intentions are carried out. 

A Matter of Trusts
When we discuss estate planning, we can’t overlook the importance of proper trust drafting. This seminar goes beyond the basics to explore some of the more complicated techniques in trust creation. The speakers will provide the latest information on trust decanting, trusts for minors, trusts for physically or mentally challenged minor and adult children, trusts for seniors and more.  


Handling International Custody Disputes
More and more, marriages in New Jersey are comprised of one spouse from outside of the United States. In divorce occurs, it can lead to complex custody battles if a parent wants to raise their children in their original home country. International custody disputes are more complicated than domestic ones not only for the logistical problems in visitation and parenting time, but also because of legal issues such as jurisdiction, the Hague Convention and the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act.  

This presentation will demystify the issues involved in international custody battles and help you represent a client involved in these complicated cases.

Religious Divorce and Custody
New Jersey is a diverse state, which means that your clients are also diverse, from many religious and cultural backgrounds. Nowhere do religion and culture have a greater impact than in family law issues. Marriages are almost always influenced by cultural norms and values and therefore, so are divorces.

Religion and culture not only influence someone’s decision to get a divorce or file for custody, but they also influence their expectations in the legal process, and their interpersonal relationships within their communities. In order to properly represent your clients, it is vital that you understand the large role that a client’s ethnic, culture or religious background plays in their life during this especially trying time.

Register today to hear a thorough comparison of black-letter law with the realities of daily life for your clients, opening a window into their lives and enabling you to become a better advocate, advisor and litigator.

For Every Attorney

Teaching Young Dogs Old Tricks
Face-to-face client meetings? In-person networking events? Paper business cards and thank you notes?  These seem like business interactions from long ago, but lawyers over a “certain age” still employ these tactics to great success. They expand their clients base, form important relationships with colleagues and adversaries and learn skills that help them in the courtroom.  

Join some self-described “old dogs” as they show you how to make up for what technology lacks and how some of the old ways can inject new life and greater success into your practice and make you a better lawyer.

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 8 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 8.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 7.5
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 6.5
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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