Learning Library


Learning Library

Ethics resources, webcasts and articles, and additional resources for NJSBA members.

 

 

Ethics Resources

NJSBA Magazine Provides Insights on the DRB
Here is a primer on the state Disciplinary Review Board. Read on to find out how its decisions affect the type of discipline imposed on lawyers.

NJSBA Magazine Looks at Exhibits, eCourts and Ethics
Check out this overview of how to handle eCourts filings and exhibits, as well as the requirements for electronic submissions in civil and criminal matters.

Are There Exceptions for the Attorney-Client Privilege and Legal Malpractice
New Jersey Lawyer looks at the intersection between legal malpractice and the attorney-client privilege. Find out when the privilege is lost.

Cannabis Law Developments and Ethics Issues
With the legalization of adult-use marijuana, find out what ethics and professional responsibility issues a practicing attorney may face. Read this piece from New Jersey Lawyer.

New Jersey Lawyer Looks at Conflicts
Conflicts of interest are the source of many grievances and malpractice claims. Always be vigilant in checking for possible conflicts and understanding your ethical obligations. Here is a brief look at two Rules of Professional Conduct, promulgated by the New Jersey Supreme Court, that address conflicts.

Getting Off to a Good Start With Clients
In order to be well informed of an attorney’s responsibilities and avoid either an ethics grievance or a malpractice lawsuit, they must be well versed in the Rules of Professional Conduct. Here is a look at the rules regarding scope of representation and fees from New Jersey Lawyer. 

 


Webcasts and Articles

NJSBA PracticeHQ Presents — Opening and Closing a Firm
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 – 12 – 1 p.m.
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Join us for a free lunchtime learning webinar filled with practical guidance and designed to help NJSBA members improve their professional lives.

Lawyers just starting out and those thinking about wrapping up their practices have a lot in common. Join us for a session to learn about what you need to know to start a firm and what considerations you need to take when it comes time to wind down your practice. We’ll cover accounting, marketing, file management and more. This is also an opportunity for new attorneys to connect with potential mentors, and experienced attorneys to connect with attorneys who might just become part of your succession planning!

NJSBA PracticeHQ Presents — Excel Power Tips for Legal Users
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – 12 – 1 p.m.
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Join us for a free lunchtime learning webinar filled with practical guidance and designed to help NJSBA members improve their professional lives.

Learn the fundamental Excel concepts with real-life examples, including fiduciary accountings, amortization schedules, real estate closing statements, disbursement schedules, and medical bill summaries. In this webinar, we start with the basics and work our way up from here.

Coping with Holiday Stress
Presented by NJSBA Member Assistance Program
Recorded on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023
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The holiday season can be a stressful time for everyone. This presentation from the Member Assistance Program provides practical strategies to navigate the challenges and find joy. The session discusses the nuances of holiday-related stress, as well as meaningful and practical ways to take care of yourself before, during, and after the holiday season.

NJSBA PracticeHQ Presents — Don’t Put Your Computer at Risk (60 tips)
Recorded on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023 – 12 – 1 p.m.
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Lawyers and legal organizations hold lots of valuable information. Your computer and mobile devices are increasingly attractive targets. You have a legal and ethical obligation to protect data entrusted to you by clients, whether from state-sponsored actors, ransomware prospectors, or script kiddies. With the Rules of Professional Conduct in mind, this session will offer up 60 actionable security tips and tricks to protect your tech.

NJSBA PracticeHQ Presents — PDF Power Hour
Recorded on Wednesday, July 26, 2023
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PDFs: we love them; we hate them; we absolutely need them. This power hour covers everything the legal professional needs to know about PDFs. We start with the basics – how to create a PDF – and go up from there. Stay out of the news by learning how to properly redact PDFs. With this feature-filled power hour, we have you covered.

PracticeHQ: Word Power Hour
Recorded January 24, 2023
Follow Along with Us! Do you find Word to be a constant source of frustration? You’re not alone. Using Word and “clicking around” provides little insight. This webinar is specifically designed to address those realities. We’ll show you exactly how to fix common legal drafting problems plaguing you now and avoid them in the future. You’ll learn dozens of tips and techniques you can put into practice immediately. Even if you feel you have Word under control, we guarantee you will learn new things about Word in this class.
Speaker:
Jeffrey R. Schoenberger, Esq., Senior Consultant, Affinity Consulting

A Lawyer’s Guide to Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Recorded Oct. 25, 2022 – Member Celebration Days
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Fastcase – Power Up Your Legal Skills
Recorded Oct. 25, 2022 – Member Celebration Days
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PracticeHQ: Document Management and Retention: Can I Throw It Away Yet?
Recorded Oct. 3, 2022
It is not uncommon for firms to have hundreds, sometimes thousands of closed bankers boxes sitting around, with some spending thousands of dollars on closed file storage per month. Many firms are starting to move towards paperless office environments, which begs the question(s) “How long do I have to keep my closed files … paper and/or electronic?” … and “How can I convert that paper to digital so I can destroy the paper files?” In this webinar, you will learn the essentials about document management & retention and a common-sense economical and ethical approach to a complex issue.
Speaker:
Jeff Krause, Senior Consultant and Document Management Expert, Affinity Consulting

 

Webcast – Tame the Digital Chaos
Recorded Wednesday, April 6, 2022
How often have you lost an important business card, wasted 45 minutes searching for a document only to find it in a pile of random papers, felt like your email inbox is out of control, been interrupted so often during the day that you feel like you got nothing done? Learn how to manage your daily time and tasks, improve client communication, and achieve your professional goals. Enhance your time management and technology skills to regain control of your law practice…and your life.
Speaker:
Paul Unger
Partner, Affinity Consulting
Introduction:
Kate Coscarelli
New Jersey State Bar Association

Article – Daily and Weekly Planning to Reduce Squirrel Chasing
February 24, 2022
Legal professionals get an external interruption every 3-4 minutes from email, instant messages, telephone calls, social media, etc. That’s bad, but there is something even worse that torpedoes our day … Internal interruptions. Daily and weekly planning are critical if you want to change your life and change your habits.  

Webcast – Legally LinkedIn
Recorded Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022
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In today’s world social media is becoming more and more ingrained in our daily professional lives. That is why it is more important than ever for attorneys to understand how LinkedIn can be used in their law practice, ethically and effectively.

Speaker: Marc W. Halpert is a self-described “multi-preneur.” In 2010 he started his third concurrent company, connect2collaborate, to spread his LinkedIn and networking evangelism to train and coach others and offer professionals the opportunity to better explain their brand and positioning on their LinkedIn profile pages:  why they do what they do vs. the competition.

As a personal LinkedIn coach, he advises and mentors professionals in all walks of life to renovate their LinkedIn personal and company profiles. Marc is also recognized as a high-energy speaker at conferences and as an instructor to sales/marketing, HR/training departments at large and small professional service firms.

Webcast – NJSBA PracticeHQ Presents a FREE webinar: I Know I Need it, But Where Do I Start?
Navigating Your Time, Billing and Accounting Options

Recorded Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022
It’s no mystery that law firms need software to run their business – to store data, manage workflow, avoid conflicts, and serve their clients. The problems faced by most law firms is that there is no time to find the right software, it is difficult to determine which features are valuable to your team and clients, and the number of options out there often keep firms from making a decision. In this webinar, we will demonstrate how to navigate the features in several time, billing and accounting programs – giving legal professionals a jump start on the research they should be doing before picking a product for their firm.
Speaker:
Steve Best, Esq.
Affinity Consulting
Kate Coscarelli
New Jersey State Bar Association

Webcast – NJSBA PracticeHQ: Drowning in Email: An Outlook Power Hour
Recorded Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Lawyers and staff are drowning in email, and many feel helpless when trying to get it under control. This webinar covers how to use Outlook’s feature set to efficiently store, organize email and attachments, and successfully deal with high email volume. We’ll also show you how to fix Outlook’s default settings for email, calendar, contacts, and tasks. Finally, we’ll explain many amazing and useful Outlook features which most users don’t even know are there.
Speakers:
Jeff Schoenberger, Esq.
Affinity Consulting
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Kate Coscarelli
Associate Executive Director, Communications, NJSBA
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Webcast – The Eyes (And Ears) Have it: Privatize Your Peeping Tech: A Free NJSBA PracticeHQ Webinar
Recorded Monday, July 19, 2021
Smartphones are core to the modern legal professional’s existence. It accompanies you wherever you go. Maybe, so does your tablet or Apple Watch. Amazon’s Alexa is built into everything from light sockets to thermostats to cars. Alexa recordings have been subpoenaed in murder cases. Many of these devices or the apps on them keep a record not only of your interaction but many times its location as well. This seminar teaches you how to determine what your technology is collecting about you, and how to protect sensitive personal and client information from being swept up in Big Tech’s fishing net.
Presenter:
Jeffrey S. Krause | Partner
Affinity Consulting Group

Webcast – 8 Things Killing Your Law Firm and How To Stop Them, a NJSBA PracticeHQ Webinar
Recorded Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
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Waste is defined as anything that doesn’t add value in your client’s eyes, and the competitive business of law demands that we eliminate wastefulness. Clients demand value from their lawyers and are willing to shop around to find it, forcing lawyers to re-examine their practices and processes. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to identify and remove the 8 most common types of waste from your practice.
Speaker: Jeffrey R. Schoenberger, Esq.
Senior Consultant, Affinity Consulting

Webcast – Security is Only as Good as the Weakest Link–Legal Tech Security Measures Every Lawyer Must Take, a NJSBA PracticeHQ Webinar
Recorded Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
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Rule 1.6(c) stipulates that a lawyer must make reasonable efforts to prevent the disclosure of confidential client information. The comments to Rule 1.6 require lawyers to act competently to safeguard client information, and use reasonable safety precautions when transmitting a client communication. The exact meanings of “reasonable efforts,” “act competently” and “reasonable precautions” may be subject to debate. However, doing nothing certainly won’t meet the standard. The good news is that you don’t have to be a security expert or techie to protect yourself and your office. Learn how to cover all the bases of computer, smartphone, tablet, email, wireless and document encryption. We’ll also cover the fundamentals of backing up your electronic data. Half of the battle is simply knowing what questions to ask and it’s not nearly as complicated as it sounds. Establish best practices in your office and discover the inexpensive or free tools that will make sure your confidential information remains confidential.
Speaker:
Danielle DavisRoe, Esq.
Senior Consultant, Affinity Consulting
Danielle DavisRoe is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She practice law at a boutique firm in central Ohio prior to coming to Affinity. As a consultant, she focuses on training, management consulting, and document automation.

Webcast – NJSBA PracticeHQ Presents: Avoiding Malpractice- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Legal Technology
Recorded Monday, Aug.17, 2020
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Legal technology is a double-edged sword; it can cause malpractice or it can guard against it! Most of the top causes for malpractice and grievance issues are related to organization, communication and law office management. As such, they are largely preventable. Learn how to avoid common mistakes while using technology to your advantage by building malpractice avoidance procedures into your workflow.
Speaker: Jeff Schoenberger, Esq.
Affinity Consulting
NJSBA PracticeHQ

Webcast – Essential Law Firm Technology – The Best Of What’s Out There
Recorded Thursday, June 11, 2020
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Technology advances quickly and it’s not easy to keep up with it while also trying to practice law. Let the NJSBA’s PracticeHQ help you. This seminar for members only will define and explain the technologies that can help any lawyer solve problems, improve client service and make life easier. Learn about the essential software and hardware tools that can help you protect client confidentiality, organize case information, manage your practice more efficiently and improve profitability.
Speaker:
Jeff Schoenberger, Esq.
Affinity Consulting
NJSBA PracticeHQ

Webcast – You Don’t Have to Go to the Grocery to Hoard These Virtual Practice Tips
Recorded Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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In normal times, if we’d planned a virtual workshop on setting up a remote office or working while mobile, we’d talk about planning a transition and comparing options. We can’t do that now. The emergency is upon us. Join the experts behind NJSBA PracticeHQ to learn what you can do to keep working and maintain client relationships while remaining a good citizen as a practitioner of social distancing. We will give you specific tool recommendations (software and hardware you can buy without leaving your home) as well as techniques to practice that preserve the work mindset while operating in unusual times. Learn how to turn a small amount of space into a workable temporary office, how to maximize facetime with clients remotely, and how to conduct business at a distance.

Webinar – The Complete Practice – Bringing Strength and Efficiency to All Areas of Your Firm
Recorded Thursday, April 2, 2020
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There are many components to building a successful law practice, so why focus on just one area of growth?
This webinar takes a closer look at the four quadrants of Legal Practice Management that encompass all aspects
of your firm. We will identify each, discuss key metrics as well as the aspects of a firm to build and how. We’ll also
talk about big picture ideas to move your firm forward towards financial success and greater client satisfaction.

Additional Resources

  
Podcasts
The New Jersey State Bar Association’s SIDEBAR Podcast features over 25 podcasts
on a variety of topics of interest to lawyers. Find out more here.

 

  
Guide for New Attorneys

Becoming a new attorney in New Jersey can be overwhelming. We’ve put together some
basic information on what you need to know as you are starting out.
Click here for our Guide for New Attorneys.

 

 


Solo and Small-Firm Resource Guide

NJSBA Resource Guide for Solo and Small-Firm Practitioners Now Available.
Check it out here.

 

 

 

CommunityNET
Networking with the NJSBA membership is one of your best member benefits. Connect, collaborate, publish
and learn on Section, Committee and YLD websites in CommunityNET. Find out more here.

 

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
For over 50 years, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, a division of the NJSBA, has served the needs of the New Jersey bench and bar. From presenting over 300 live seminars and printing dozens of legal manuals each year to publishing hundreds of CLE On-Demand videos and other educational tools, our products are specifically designed to provide the latest strategies, expert advice and guidance to practitioners at every stage of their career. Find out more here.

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.

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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.

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Advocacy


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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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Networking


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

 

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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


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