Search News & Press Releases

NJSBA Creates Pandemic Task Force to Provide Guidance for Legal Community

June 8, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
732-937-7548
   
NEW BRUNSWICK – The New Jersey State Bar Association has created a sweeping task force to examine issues facing the legal community as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
   
The NJSBA Pandemic Task Force brings together thought leaders from across the profession to study questions including how to safely reopen law firms; adjust courthouse operations; resume jury trials; examine the impact of the pandemic on substantive areas of law; and how access to justice has been affected.
   
The Task Force will consult with a cross section of attorneys around the state, the Judiciary, elected officials, members of law enforcement, county and specialty bar associations, and law firm leaders. It will make recommendations and provide guidance to the state’s lawyers.
   
NJSBA President Kimberly A. Yonta said that she created the Task Force in recognition of the fact that the pandemic has and will continue to have a profound effect on society and the law. The NJSBA is committed to providing its members and the legal community the practical resources it needs to adapt to the new reality.
   
“Now, more than ever, what lawyers do is essential to New Jersey and society. We are the foot soldiers for justice, the rule of law and the Constitution. The New Jersey State Bar Association has an important role to play in offering leadership and guidance in the path forward. The Association, with the vast experience of its diverse members, has an obligation and responsibility to provide expertise and guidance to the legal community and public as we navigate the road ahead,” Yonta said.
   
Former NJSBA President Thomas H. Prol is chair of the Task Force, which is comprised of five committees. The committees are:
   
Courthouse Logistics and Operations, which will provide leadership and guidance about the safety concerns for lawyers and the public regarding the reopening of courthouses across the state, from municipal courts, to Superior Courts in all 19 vicinages, to the state’s federal courthouses. NJSBA President-Elect Domenick Carmagnola is chair of the committee.
   
Practice of Law, which will provide leadership on the emerging challenges and opportunities confronting the legal profession and the justice system arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in substantive practice areas. NJSBA First Vice President Jeralyn Lawrence and Second Vice President Timothy McGoughran will serve as chairs of the committee.
   
Resuming Jury Trials, which will create recommendations for the New Jersey Supreme Court’s consideration for the safe, effective, and Constitutional resumption of civil and criminal jury trials. NJSBA Treasurer William Mergner Jr. is chair of the committee.
   
Law Firm Opening and Operations, which will provide recommendations and guidance for opening and maintaining safe and healthy law office environments for lawyers, employees, and clients. NJSBA Secretary Christine Amalfe is chair of the committee.
   
Access to Justice, which will actively promote the NJSBA pro bono platform nj.freelegalanswers.org, so members of the public can access lawyers for their initial legal questions related to COVID-19. It will also identify the legal needs of those less advantaged and develop strategies to assist them. NJSBA Immediate Past President Evelyn Padin is chair of the committee.
   
Since the first days of the pandemic, the NJSBA has collected information and resources for the legal profession at njsba.com, created a free webinar series with practice-specific guidance and practical tips, and advocated with elected officials for law changes to address the challenges the pandemic has presented to lawyers and their clients.

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

About


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 attorney 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.

MORE ABOUT NJSBA

Diversity


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

Advocacy


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

Directions

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

732-249-5000
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 Family Law Retreat


The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Family Law Retreat will be held in Costa Rica!

For more information, or to register today, visit the links below:

View more information

2024 Annual Meeting & Convention


The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Annual Meeting & Convention will be held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa May 15-17

For more information, or to register today, visit the links below:

View 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

Decisis


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.

 

Advocacy


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!

Networking


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.


 

Reports


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.