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Thousands return to Atlantic City for NJSBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention

The New Jersey State Bar Association kicked off its Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City, the premier event of the state’s legal community.

Nearly 2,500 judges, lawyers, law clerks and law students are expected to attend the three-day educational and networking event, held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa from May 15-17. Legal colleagues from across the state will have the chance to connect over seminars, speeches and networking programs that cover issues in a wide range of practice areas.

The agenda includes over 100 seminars for attendees to earn up to 16 CLE credits in programming that spans nearly every practice area for attorneys to enhance their professional development. This year’s convention pays particular focus to the rapid expansion of artificial intelligence in the law. The three-day event will offer 10 programs that cover AI’s applications in the law, ethical questions raised by the technology, its potential risks and how attorneys can use AI to their advantage.

Dozens of sitting and retired judges from every federal and state bench in New Jersey, along with top public officials and legal thought leaders, are slated to speak at seminars throughout the week. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey Chief Judge Renée Marie Bumb will each deliver a featured address on issues facing the New Jersey courts.

At an installation ceremony on Thursday, the NJSBA will reorganize its Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. William H. Mergner Jr. will take the oath as President of the Association for 2024-2025 and share his insights and goals for the year ahead. The NJSBA will also express its thanks to outgoing President Timothy F. McGoughran.

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Featured seminars:


Opening Business Session and Keynote Presentation: Artificial Intelligence and the Impact on the Practice of Law – A discussion that will explore how AI is shaping our profession and what opportunities may now open for you and what you should be concerned about

Inside Trenton – New Laws, New Updates, What Does It Mean To You? – Legislators talk legislation and major developments in the law. Hear directly from lawmakers on issues impacting the practice of law, whether it be judicial appointments, public records, insurance, and many other issues

AI Task Force: Basic Session on AI and the Law – This program will focus on key areas that every attorney should be familiar with, including gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of AI and its applications in the legal field.

Data Privacy and Security in New Jersey: What You Need to Know – Explore the new state statute on data privacy and security and discuss how to navigate the coordination of compliance efforts with various state privacy statutes.

Sittin’ in with the DJs… With a Little Help from an MJ and AJ – 2024 Edition – Join federal district court and magistrate judges and a retired Superior Court assignment judge in a candid dialogue about some of the most important distinctions between the two courts.



New Jersey False Claims Act – Get the state and federal viewpoint, and hear about the criminal aspects as well, on New Jersey’s amended False Claims Act.

Combating Hate: How the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is Tackling Rising Incidents of Bias Across the State – Get a closer look at information on bias incidents across the state and what Attorney General Platkin and his office are doing to combat the rise, from criminal and civil enforcement to tracking data to providing education and training.

How Appealing: Tricks of the Trade in Appellate Practice – Join esteemed appellate jurists and practitioners as they present a seminar about the best practices for representing your clients on appeal.

New Jersey At SCOTUS: NY v. NJ and the Waterfront Commission – The panel discuss the Waterfront Commission decision from U.S. Supreme Court and other recent SCOTUS decisions involving New Jersey, and the impact those decisions have had on the state.

Lessons from Women Litigators and Judges – A fresh panel of judges an practitioners will discuss their journeys in the legal profession and what strategies attorneys can use in their daily practices

Your Adversary Did What? Exploring the Line Between Zealous Advocacy and Outrageous Conduct in Depositions – This panel will consider the rules of conduct in deposition under the federal and state rules, using real-life examples of conduct in depositions that necessitated court intervention.

Supreme Court Year in Review – Learn about the biggest cases facing the profession in the past year. Join this panel of jurists and practitioners talking about the decisions and issues that matter most to New Jersey attorneys.



State of the Judiciaries – Annual reports from the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Bench/Bar Conferences – A slate of panels for judges and lawyers to discuss the cases, emerging issues and trends in Criminal, Civil, Municipal, Workers’ Compensation and Family Law.

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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.



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