Annual Meeting & Convention Friday Schedule

NOTE: All programs, speakers, tracks, times and locations are subject to change. 

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9:00AM - 10:00AM

States of the Judiciaries

N/A Track (Music Box Theatre)

Make plans to join us to hear from Hon. Renée Marie Bumb, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court and Hon. Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court about their respective courts, the issues they face and the plans and goals for the year ahead.

Hon. Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Renée Marie Bumb, Chief Judge, U.S.D.C.

9:30AM - 12:30PM

Workers Compensation Bench-Bar: Back to Basics

Workers Compensation Track (Central Ballroom CD)

Don’t miss the Annual Meeting Bench- Conference 2024! This year’s presentation includes an address by the Hon. Maria Del Valle-Koch, Director and Chief Judge of the Division; an interactive discussion regarding the roles of attorneys and doctors/experts in cases; a primer on medical examinations and testing; legislative and case law update; and the use of interpreters at trial.

CLE Credits For This Program:
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 3.6 credits (50-minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 3.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 3.0 substantive credits pendingWorkers’ Compensation Certification: 3.6 general credits

Michele Haas, Esq., Vice Chair, NJSBA Workers’ Compensation Section, Brown & Connery, LLP
Hon. Maria Del Valle-Koch, Director and Chief Judge, New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation
Dorothy T. Daly, Esq., Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, PC
William Mitchell, M.D. Neurosurgical & Spinal Specialists
Richard B. Rubenstein, Esq. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC
Todd D. Wachtel, Esq. Levinson Axelrod, PA
Mark Zirulnik, Esq, Zirulnik, DeMille & Vilachá

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Doing Deals in the Garden State

Business and Taxation, Labor, Real Estate Track (Central Meeting Room 2/3)

Mergers and acquisitions – buying and selling businesses and business assets – entail a complex blend of business savvy, market knowledge, process familiarity, and substantive legal skills. For lawyers engaged in M&A deals, they must not only be in command of all the corporate law nuances that go into a purchase or merger agreement, but also have familiarity with (or access to other lawyers familiar with) the relevant tax, employment, environmental, and other legal issues that frequently arise in these deals. And while many transactions nationwide are governed by Delaware or New York law, deals involving New Jersey-based owners or businesses will inevitably drag in legal issues in each of these areas that are peculiar to the Garden State. This panel brings together corporate, tax, employment, and environmental attorneys from around the state to share their expertise regarding some of these key NJ legal issues that arise when doing deals. 

CLE Credits For This Program:
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.8 credits (50-minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pendingCPE: 1.5 taxation credits

Martin W. Aron, Esq., Jackson Lewis PC
Jason D. Navarino, Esq., Riker Danzig LLP
Alexa Richman-LaLonde, Esq., Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Rachel Lilienthal Stark, Esq., Stark & Stark

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Civil Trial Bench-Bar Conference

Civil Track (Central Ballroom AB)

This annual program brings together judges and attorneys to discuss the key issues facing practitioners in the field.

CLE Credits For This Program:
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.8 credits (50-minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pendingTrial Attorney Certification: 1.8 civil credits

Thomas J. Manzo, Esq., Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader PC
Hon. Douglas M. Fasciale, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Michael V. Cresitello, P.J.Cv., Middlesex
Hon. Heidi Willis Currier, P.J.A.D.
Hon. Douglas H. Hurd, P.J.Cv., Mercer
Hon. Owen C. McCarthy, P.J.Cv., Monmouth
William H. Mergner Jr., Esq., Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni PA, NJSBA President-Elect
Denise Mariani, Esq., Stark & Stark PC

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Criminal Law Bench-Bar Conference

Criminal Track (Signature)

Leading practitioners and judges will discuss the topics that matter most to the criminal law bar.

CLE Credits For This Program:
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.8 credits (50-minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pendingTrial Attorney Certification: 1.8 criminal credits

James J. Gerrow, Jr., Esq., Persiano Law Office

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Enhancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Through LGBTQ+ Inclusive Practices

Diversity and Inclusion Track (Central Meeting Room 1)

This workshop-style session will provide a refresher on cultural competency basics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity that are relevant to the legal professional. The session will include examples of best inclusive practices relevant to all areas of legal practice and the administration of justice and will also offer some practice area specific considerations for working with LGBTQ+ people, whether as colleagues or clients. To optimize the benefit of the program for the attendees, attendees will be invited during the program to share scenarios with the presenters as well as other attendees can provide insights that facilitate practitioners applying the guiding principles offered to their respective practices/professional settings.

CLE Credits For This Program:
NJ CLE:  This program has been approved for 1.8 credits (50-minute hour), including 1.8 diversity and inclusion credits.
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias credits
PA CLE: 1.5 ethics credits pending

Lisa Burke, Administrative Office of the Courts

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Family Bench-Bar Conference

Family Law Track (Salon C)

A panel discussion between family lawyers and family court judges.

CLE Credits For This Program:
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.8 credits (50-minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pendingMatrimonial Law Certification: 1.8 general credits

Cheryl E. Connors, Esq., Tonneman & Connors, LLC
Hon. Daniel H. Brown, J.S.C., Middlesex County
Hon. Angela White Dalton, J.S.C., Monmouth
Hon. Amy Lefkowitz, J.S.C., Bergen
Hon. Laurie C. Poppe, J.S.C., Ocean
Hon. Gary Potters, J.S.C., Hudson
Hon. Marcella Matos Wilson, J.S.C., Essex
Jeffrey Fiorello, Esq., Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP
Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq., Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran LLC, NJSBA President
Megan S. Murray, Esq., The Family Law Offices of Megan S. Murray

11:00AM - 12:30PM

The Future Of Environmental Law in New Jersey

Special Interest Track (Studio 4)



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