Search News & Press Releases

Gender, the Law, and the 2016 Presidential Election

March 14 event examines the role of women in the political process
February 17, 2017
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director Communications
NEW BRUNSWICK – Some of the state’s leading female attorneys and politicians will discuss the recent election, what is happening in today’s legal landscape and what can be done going forward at a New Jersey State Bar Association event March 14.
“Gender, the Law, and the 2016 Presidential Election” will begin with a practical discussion surrounding the conclusions to be drawn from the demographics and trends in the 2016 election cycle as they relate to gender, politics, representation and leadership.
The program will then focus on the contemporary legal landscape, existing and emerging laws, the current and future composition of the U.S. Supreme Court, and other relevant precedent, to better understand how the goals of gender-based equality have been helped and hindered.
The program will conclude by advancing a set of proposed prescriptions for reform to help close the gap between ‘what is’ and ‘what ought to be’ with respect to achieving full and equal participation of women in the workplace and the halls of leadership. Throughout the discussion, the panel will provide insight into the best ways to use existing and emerging paradigms to advance the goals of equality.
The session panelists include Paula A. Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, who will serve as the moderator; Senator Loretta Weinberg; Senator Jennifer Beck; Emily Martin, general counsel and vice-president for workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center; Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel of the New York Public Library and chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women; Paulette Brown, the immediate past president of the American Bar Association and a partner at Locke Lord in Morristown, and Ruth Mandel, the director of Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
The event will also include an introductory session titled “Political Pathways in the Law: Insights from Travelers from the Bench and Bar.”
The panelists for the opening session, who include retired Judge Harriet Derman; NJSBA Trustee Jodi Rosenberg and Ayesha K. Hamilton, vice chair of the association’s Solo and Small-Firm Practice Section, will provide insight into the strategies they use to incorporate politics into their careers, as well as the obstacles they face in doing so. Participants will gain a practical understanding of how to build and leverage a network you can use in support of both political and non-political career goals.
The event is cosponsored by the NJSBA’s Women in the Profession Section, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and Seton Hall University School of Law.
If You Go
Tuesday, March 14, 4 to 8 p.m. New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick
Register at or 

Contact: NJSBA Communications Department
Tel: 732-937-7527
Email: [email protected]


Founded in 1899, the NJSBA is the largest organization of attorneys, judges and legal professionals in New Jersey. At the core of our mission is improving the lives of our members, advancing the rule of law and serving as the voice of the profession. With 85 sections and committees, the NJSBA allows attorneys to benefit from being part of the most wide-reaching legal association in the state, while still cultivating expertise and building networks within specialized practice areas.



The New Jersey State Bar Association is committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive bar association. The Association recognizes that the broad concept of diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. The NJSBA fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that gives value to the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of the Association.

Learn More


The NJSBA Legal and  Government Affairs Department serves as the liaison between NJSBA members and the state’s three branches of government.


The New Jersey Law Center is located at 1 Constitution Sq, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901. Need directions to the Law Center? Click on the button below to get started right away.

Contact NJSBA

NJSBA Contact Us Form
If you're looking for an attorney, click here for help.

If you cannot afford an attorney and have a civil matter, click here for Legal Services of New Jersey.

Looking for information about a specific lawyer? Contact the Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection at 855-533-3863.

Have a complaint about a lawyer? Visit the Office of Attorney Ethics website. Select “Attorney Discipline” from the navigation bar for discipline of attorneys.

Contact Info

One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Fax 732-249-2815

Email us

NJSBA Meetings and Events Calendar

From section, committee and division meetings with valuable CLE credit, to receptions and dinners and special events, the New Jersey State Bar Association regularly holds meetings so our members can meet their mandatory CLE requirements and network with the state’s largest attorney membership.

View Calendar

2024 Mid-Year Meeting

The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Mid-Year Meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland at The Shelbourne Hotel, Nov. 2-9.

View more information

2025 Family Law Retreat

The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2025 Family Law Retreat will be held in Mexico, San José del Cabo from March 23-27.

More Information

Practice HQ Training Events

Lawyers aren't taught practice management skills, and the NJSBA is here to fill the gap — no matter whether you are just starting out, mid-career or thinking about wrapping up their practices. Our PracitceHQ is here to help with webinars, informative articles, free consultations, comparison charts and so much more.

Practice HQ Training Events


The new NJSBA member benefit Decisis will help you level-up your legal research.

Decisis gives members access to a robust database of local and federal case law is necessary information often used to structure your case. Decisis provides industry-leading tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive, and it’s a free benefit to all active New Jersey State Bar Association members.

Decisis Training Events

Networking Events

The NJSBA provides a host of networking events so members can maintain relationships with existing colleagues and make new connects. Join us at a baseball game, the hockey arena, for a community service project, or another event.

Upcoming Networking Events

Benefits Of Membership

As a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), you will join a powerful network of 16,000 legal professionals across the state of New Jersey. NJSBA membership grants you access to year-round virtual and in-person networking events, leadership and professional development opportunities, member-only discounts, educational resources to help you stay in the know and much more!

Practice Management Tools

The NJSBA provides tools lawyers need to improve their practice, from our comprehensive PracticeHQ library of resources; a career center to find your next colleague or opportunity; an intuitive and high-powered legal research platform; and a robust Member Assistance Program to connect members, and those who live in their households, with experienced counselors and resources to address mental health needs.



As an NJSBA member, you'll become part of the collective power of the NJSBA network, giving you the ability to influence legislation and caselaw in New Jersey. Let’s work together to shape the future and solve critical issues facing attorneys and the public.

Become a Member Today!


Membership helps you build and maintain a powerful network through our in-person and online events with attorneys all over the state.


Become a Member Today!

Become A Partner Organization

The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) offers an exclusive partnership opportunity to amplify your organization’s impact and drive success. By harnessing the power of the NJSBA legal community, you can connect with our vibrant network of 16,000 legal professionals from 35+ different areas of practice, unlocking unparalleled opportunities for growth and achievement.


News and Press Publications

Learn more about the accomplishments of the Association, its members and events from regular news updates, press releases, and our award-winning magazine.



Read the comments, reports, resolutions and Board of Trustee news from the state’s largest organization of lawyers, judges and legal professionals.


Statements and Positions

The NJSBA is the voice of the profession and takes public positions on a range of issues with the legal community and government officials. It also takes positions on legislation and files friend-of-the-court briefs on matters that impact the profession. 

Photo Galleries

Check out photos from recent NJSBA events.

View Photo Albums

You do not have permission to view this form.