Annual Meeting & Convention Thursday Schedule

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

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THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

What's New with LLCs 2024

Business and Taxation Track (Studio 2)

A panel of judges and attorneys discuss and analyze recent court opinions from NJ and elsewhere concerning LLCs.

Moderator/Speaker:
Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa, Esq., Archer & Greiner, PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Jodi Lee Alper, P.J.Ch., Essex
Hon. Paula T. Dow, P.J.Ch., Burlington
Hon. Edward A. Jerejian, P.J.Ch., Bergen
Mark J. Oberstaedt, Esq., Archer & Greiner PC
Rachel Lilienthal Stark, Esq., Stark & Stark
Jeremy Stein, Esq., Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Avoiding Affidavit of Merit Pitfalls

Civil Track (Studio 3)

The Affidavit of Merit Statute has a simple premise of weeding out frivolous litigation while permitting meritorious ones to go forward. But the statute has become a trap for the unwary. Learn about the latest updates affecting medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice as well as other professional negligence matters.

Moderator/Speaker:
Christina Vassiliou Harvey, Esq., Lomurro Law
  
Speakers:
John M. Hockin, Jr., Esq., Ronan, Tuzzio & Giannone
Charles Murray III, Esq., Farkas & Donahue
Victoria A. Schall, Esq., Schall At Law LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Hot Topics in Insurance Defense

Civil Track (Central Meeting Room 1)

Join us for the latest updates on insurance defense, including the view from the bench; a discussion about care plans and economic experts; defending sexual abuse cases filed where abuse happened years ago; and the DiFiroe v. Tomo Pezic, et. Al decision that addresses the what parties can attend a Defense Medical Exam.

Moderator/Speaker:
Mariel M. Mercado-Guevara, Esq., Coffey Modica
  
Speakers:
Hon. Kimberly Espinales-Maloney, J.S.C. Hudson
Denise M. Luckenbach, Esq., Sellar Richardson
John C. Macce, Esq., Macce & Cresti, PC
Amanda M. Rochow, Esq., Inglesino Taylor

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

How to Prepare Your Expert for a Deposition or Trial Testimony

Civil, Criminal Track (Central Ballroom AB)

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Moderator/Speaker:
Michael Saccomanno, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, CDFA, Marcum, LLP
  

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

New Jersey False Claims Act

Civil, Criminal Track (Central Meeting Room 2/3)

New Jersey just amended its False Claims Act. It provides for treble damages, fines and penalties of up to $22,000 per claim, and the defendants have to pay the whistleblower’s attorneys fees and costs, and NJ is chockablock with pharmaceutical companies, biotech, health care startups and defense contractors where this comes into play. Get the state and federal viewpoint and hear about the criminal aspects, as well.

Moderator/Speaker:
Robert A. Magnanini, Esq., Stone & Magnanini LLP
  
Speakers:
Hon. Douglas H. Hurd, P.J.Cv., Mercer
Hon. Philip R. Sellinger, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Craig Carpenito, Esq., King & Spalding LLP
Lawrence S. Lustberg, Esq., Gibbons PC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Intersectionality between Criminal Law and Domestic Violence Practice

Criminal Track (Salon C)

Exploring how do deal with parallel cases when there is a Domestic Violence action and a parallel criminal (or municipal) action.

Moderator/Speaker:
Robert A. Epstein, Esq., Manzi Epstein Lomurro & Decataldo
  
Speakers:
Hon. Raquel Vallejo, J.S.C., Union
Hon. Marcella Matos Wilson, J.S.C., Essex
David J. Bruno, Esq., The Bianchi Law Group, LLC
Toni Damiano, Esq., Damiano Law Offices
Steven R. Enis, Esq., Senoff & Enis LLC
Alexandra M. Freed, Esq., Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC
Walter M. Luers, Esq., Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP
Jenna Shapiro, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Ethics and Diversity Issues in Municipal Court

Diversity and Inclusion, Ethics, Municipal Track (Waves)

This panel seeks to address the ethical and diversity/bias issues and concerns that may arise in Municipal Court. Discussion topics will include: 1. Diversity and bias issues in the courtroom 2. Treatment of others and dealing with pro se litigants 3. Handling threats in the courtroom 4. Immigration issues: 5. Special issues for: a. Prosecutors b. Public Defenders c. Municipal court judges 6. Decorum and Professionalism 7. Competency and avoiding pitfalls in the municipal courtroom

Moderator/Speaker:
Susan Girardo Roy, Esq., Law Office of Susan G. Roy, LLC
  
Speakers:
Adam E. Barker, Esq.
Helene C. Herbert, Esq., Herbert & Weiss
Kevin McKernan
Emeka Nkwuo, Esq., Lomurro Law
Barbara E. Ungar, Esq., Law Office of Barbara Ungar

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Land Use and Its Impact on the Diverse Community – A Historical Perspective to Today

Diversity and Inclusion, Land Use Track (Aqua)

There are numerous historic and seminal land use cases that adversely impact historically underrepresented communities – from Yick Wo v. Hopkins and Buchanan v. Warley to Euclid v. Ambler Realty and Mount Laurel. The discussion will include a look at the historical perspective of land use impacting the diverse community, an issue that is often overlooked. It will also examine current land use issues that are either directly or indirectly impacting the diverse community, including the present status of Mount Laurel, stormwater regs and rent stabilization impacting development and more.

Moderator/Speaker:
Maria P. Vallejo, Esq., Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC
  
Speakers:
Victoria D. Britton, Esq., Price, Meese, Shulman & D'Arminio, PC
Joseph DeMarco, Esq., Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs LLC
James B. Johnston, Esq., City of Jersey City
Rachel N. Lokken, Esq., Fair Share Housing Center
Calvin Souder, Esq., Souder Shabazz and Woolridge LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Ethics, The Court and The Bar - A Comprehensive Look at How the Ethics System Works

Ethics Track (Music Box Theatre)

Learn about how the ethics process works, the various Court agencies tasked with oversight of the practice of law, utilizing the Ethics Hotline and other ethical matters of concern to the Supreme Court.

Moderator/Speaker:
Robert B. Hille, Esq., Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, NJSBA Past President
  
Speakers:
Carol Johnston, Esq., Supreme Court Clerk’s Office
Johanna Barba Jones, Esq., Director, Office of Attorney Ethics
Diana C. Manning, Esq., Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, NJSBA Secretary
Mike Mooney, USI Affinity
G. Glennon Troublefield, Esq., Carella Byrne Cecchi Olstein Brody & Agnello, NJSBA Treasurer

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

I-9 & Immigration Compliance in the New Age

Immigration, Labor Track (Studio 4)

Review all current I9 rules, regulations and processes to enable nonimmigration practitioners to render basic advice and recognize potential liability in clients practices, including how to properly complete the form, timing requirements, new remote hire process, common pitfalls, governmental investigative process and penalties. I9 compliance affects all employers in the US, whether there are foreign nationals in their workforce or not. Surprisingly, this “simple” one page form causes more questions and frustrations (and penalties!) than any other HR function. Attend this session to avoid costly mistakes. Objectives: learn proper procedure for executing Form I9, including the new version of the form and new remote hire process. learn proper record keeping requirements, including document requirements and retention identify common pitfalls and mistakes learn the anatomy of an I9 investigation and penalties. learn how to correct mistakes

Moderator/Speaker:
Alka Bahal, Esq., OGC Solutions®
  
Speakers:
Stacey Simon, Esq., Meyner and Landis LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Sign on the Dotted Line: The Status of Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Settlement Agreements in 2024

Labor Track (Tides)

This panel will discuss the current legal status of noncompete, nonsolicitation, confidentiality, and nondisparagement provisions in New Jersey employment and settlement agreements with expert practitioners who will not only discuss the current legal status of these provisions but offer successful negotiating strategies.

Moderator/Speaker:
Domenick Carmagnola, Esq., Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, NJSBA Past President
  
Speakers:
Kory Ann Ferro, Esq., Greenspoon Marder, LLP
Stephanie D. Gironda, Esq., Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer
Sara Kaplan-Khodorovsky, Esq., Green Savits, LLC
Ian D. Meklinsky, Esq., Fox Rothchild LLP
Keith Waldman, Esq., Selikoff & Cohen
Brandon L. Wolff, Esq., Chair-Elect, NJSBA Young Lawyers Division

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Best Practices Make Perfect: Law Firm Management, Structure, Disputes, and Succession Planning

Law Practice Management, Young Lawyers Track (Luna)

A newly created YLD-sponsored CLE which will explore basic law firm management, structure, disputes, and succession planning. This CLE is designed for all attorneys in private practice or attorneys transitioning to private practice. Learn some best practices from this esteemed panel!

Moderator/Speaker:
Samuel J. Berse, Esq., Berse Law, LLC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Lisa Vignuolo, P.J.Ch., Middlesex
Jacob P. Davidson, Esq., Falk Flotteron & Davidson
Susan Miano, Marcum LLP
Joseph Natale, Esq., O'Toole Scrivo
Alicia F. Williams, Esq., NJ Lawyers Fund For Client Protection

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Residential Real Estate Transactions from A-Z

Real Estate, Young Lawyers Track (Signature)

Anyone who conducts residential real estate closings cannot afford to miss this informative basic course. Representing the purchaser or seller of residential real property in New Jersey demands a special set of skills and knowledge. Join seasoned practitioners who will explore the many moving parts of this specialized practice area and learn the nuances that will protect your clients and get the deal closed. In addition, a title insurance expert will provide insights and guidance on closing the transaction in full compliance with the current regulatory framework.

Moderator/Speaker:
Carol J. Truss, Esq., Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC
  
Speakers:
F. Bradford Batcha, Esq., Batcha & Batcha LLC
Nicole Timpanaro, CEO, Fortune Title Agency

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Advanced Issues With AI: Balancing Innovation and Risk (NJSBA AI Task Force Program 2)

Technology Track (Central Ballroom CD)

Presented by the NJSBA AI Task Force, this program will provide an in-depth and advanced exploration of the intricate landscape of artificial intelligence for practitioners already familiar with the technology. As an attendee, you will participate in a fast-paced and insightful discussion focused on some of the most complex challenges and opportunities that lie ahead not in the next few years, but within the next 6 to 12 months. The program will cover the following key topics: artificial intelligence and social justice concerns: This segment will delve into the ways in which artificial intelligence can both challenge and enhance social justice. It will also propose potential solutions to mitigate bias and discrimination in AI systems. artificial intelligence, ethics, and regulatory issues: This part of the program will address the ethical dilemmas posed by artificial intelligence and discuss the evolving regulatory landscape. Artificial Intelligence’s presence in email inboxes and more protected spaces: Attendees will have the opportunity to examine the diverse applications of AI across industries and the unique issues they present. Additional Advanced Issues: The program will also facilitate open discussions about other advanced issues in AI, ranging from privacy concerns to the impact on the job market.

Moderator/Speaker:
Dr. Robert Spangler, NJSBA
  
Speakers:
Hon. Ronald J. Hedges (Ret.), Ronald J. Hedges LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8:30AM - 10:00AM

Estate and Gift Tax update

Wills and Estates Track (Studio 1)

This program will review recent developments in the estate, gift and generationskipping transfer tax arena that could have substantial impact on your clients' estate plans. In addition to reviewing recent developments, the panelists will address planning strategies that should be considered now, before the estate, gift and generationskipping transfer tax exemptions sunset to much lower levels in 2026.

Moderator/Speaker:
Glenn A. Henkel, Esq., LL.M., CPA, Kulzer & DiPadova PA
  
Speakers:
Allison Clayton, Esq., Sherman Atlas Sylvester & Stamelman LLP
Richard H. Greenberg, Esq., Greenberg & Schulman

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Complex Business Litigation

Business and Taxation Track (Studio 3)

This is the opportunity to learn about the history, rules, procedures and intricacies of handling complex business litigation matters in the state courts. Learn from the judges who serve around the state about what the program can do and how to make handling a case through the program a success for attorneys and clients.

Speakers:
Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis, P.J.Ch., Morris/Sussex
Hon. Keith Lynott, Esq., J.S.C., Essex
Hon. Robert Mega, P.J.Ch., Union
Hon. Steven J. Polansky, P.J.Cv., Camden
Hon. Mary F. Thurber, Bergen County Justice Center
Hon. Craig Wellerson, P.J.Cv., Ocean
Hon. Mara Zazzali-Hogan, J.S.C., Monmouth

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Hot Topics in Civil Litigation

Civil Track (Central Meeting Room 2/3)

This popular yearly program returns with important 2024 updates on the hottest topics in civil trial practice and procedure, ranging from ethics to social media discovery.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Wendy Allyson Reek, J.S.C., Somerset
  
Speakers:
Diane Cardoso, Esq., Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC
Frank D. DeRienzo, Esq., Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni PA
Daniel N. Epstein, Esq., Epstein Ostrove LLC
Norberto A. Garcia, Esq., Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, NJSBA Second Vice President
John E. Gregory, Jr., Esq., Spevack Law Firm
Craig J. Hubert, Esq., Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader PC
Chad M. Moore, Esq., Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP
Dara A. Quattrone, Esq., Westmoreland Vesper & Quattrone
Corinne L. McCann Trainor, Esq., Fox Rothschild

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Criminal Justice Reform: A Renewed Look 10 Years After Bail Reform

Criminal Track (Central Ballroom CD)

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court issued a report that led to criminal justice reform. A new report issued by the Reconvened Joint Committee on Criminal Justice studied those reforms and a new set of recommendations were issued. Speakers will talk about CJR then and now and the discuss pending policy changes and legislation to address what works and what doesn’t.

Speakers:
Hon. Ernest M. Caposela, J.S.C., Passaic
Parimal Garg, Esq., Chief Counsel, New Jersey Office of the Governor
John Koufos, Arnold Ventures
Christopher Porrino, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP
William Reynolds, Esq., Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Key Insights on White-Collar Criminal and Regulatory Investigations & Defense

Criminal, Federal Practice Track (Music Box Theatre)

Join a panel of experienced current and former state and federal prosecutors who break down how to best handle and defend white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations and matters.

Moderator/Speaker:
Ricardo Solano, Jr., Esq., Gibbons, PC
  
Speakers:
Christopher D. Adams, Esq., Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis
Matthew Boxer, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Desiree L. Grace, Chief, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey
Jenny Kramer, Esq., Alston & Bird LLP
Jennifer Mara, Esq., Baldassare & Mara LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

AI/GAI and Its Use for Lawyers and Employers: What Can Go Wrong?

Diversity and Inclusion, Labor, Technology, Young Lawyers Track (Luna)

Join us for a discussion of how these tools are used in law firms; what it means for hiring, recruiting, interviewing and more in the employment context; the impact AI will have on diversity, hiring and retention; the latest case updates; EEOC and DOJ guidance and much more.

Moderator/Speaker:
Ayesha Krishnan Hamilton, Esq., Hamilton Law Firm PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Ronald J. Hedges (Ret.), Ronald J. Hedges LLC
Diana-Marie Laventure, Esq., Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP
NaSheena Porter Poznansky, Esq., Assistant United States Attorney, District of New Jersey
Stephanie Wilson, Esq., Reed Smith, LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

The Case for Using Mediators, Arbitrators and Special Masters in the State and Federal Courts

Federal Practice , Dispute Resolution Track (Aqua)

Join a panel of judges and experienced practitioners as they discuss the reasons why and the best opportunities to use an arbitrator, mediator or special master to help resolve a case. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each and what tips, tricks and strategies practitioners need to know.

Moderator/Speaker:
Thomas P. Scrivo, Esq., O'Toole Scrivo LLC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Thomas M. Moore, P.J.Cv., Essex
Hon. Peter E. Doyne, A.J.S.C. (Ret.) Ferro Labella & Weiss LLC
Hon. Noel L. Hillman, U.S.D.C., (Ret.), Gibbons PC
Rasmeet Chahil, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Stuart Reiser, Esq., Shapiro Croland Reiser Apfel & Di Iorio, LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Municipal Court Bench-Bar Conference

Municipal Track (Waves)

The annual meeting of the municipal bench and bar produces a lively discussion where distinguished panelists from all over the State discuss trending topics in the world of NJ Municipal Court practice.

Moderator/Speaker:
Jacob P. Davidson, Esq., Falk Flotteron & Davidson
  
Speakers:
Hon. Katherine E. Howes, P.J.M.C., Somerset County
Hon. Francesco Taddeo, P.J.M.C., Hunterdon County
Jon-Henry Barr, Esq., Barr & Gulyas, LLC
Joshua H. Reinitz, Esq., Iacullo, Martino & Reinitz

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

How Appealing: Tricks of the Trade in Appellate Practice

Presidential/For All Attorneys, Civil, Criminal Track (Central Ballroom AB)

Join esteemed appellate jurists and practitioners as they present a seminar in which they highlight the best practices for representing your clients on appeal.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Barry T. Albin (Ret.), New Jersey Supreme Court, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  
Speakers:
Hon. Greta Gooden Brown, J.A.D.
Hon. Jack M. Sabatino, P.J.A.D.
Bruce D. Greenberg Esq., Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador
Joseph Greenaway

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Level the Playing Field! Name, Image and Likeness Issues for Amateur Athletes 2024 Update

Special Interest Track (Central Meeting Room 1)

Recent developments arising from the new NCAA rules for lawyers and lawyer-agents who advise, negotiate and advocate for the amateur athlete, including ethical considerations. We will cover immigration twists and turns, criminal issues, intellectual property issues, how to ensure opportunity for all and the latest deals and risks.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Patricia K. Costello, A.J.S.C. (Ret.), Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Mary K. Costello, P.J.Ch., Hudson
Joshua J. Horowitz, CPA, MBA. Withum Advisory Tax Services
Samuel Newbold, Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Abigail J. Remore, Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Robert S. Roche, Esq., RSR Sports Management, LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

The Role of Casino Counsel

Special Interest Track (Studio 2)

From mutli-nationalcasino operator companies to regional casinos, federal and state criminal and regulatory agencies, and gaming equipment and game suppliers, there are no shortage of opportunities for attorneys. This panel will include in house attorneys for casino companies and sports betting operators, outside casino counsel, gaming and gaming regulators to discuss their experiences and provide insight into their careers and the practice of casino law.

Moderator/Speaker:
Ellen Fertakos, Esq., State of New Jersey
  
Jordan Hollander, Esq., Office of Attorney General - Div of Gaming
  
Speakers:
Robert Dunn, Fanduel
Jocelyn Fietkiewicz, New Jersey Attorney General's Office
Nanette L. Horner, Esq., Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Lynne L. Kaufman, Esq., Cooper Levenson

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Defining your Legal Legacy: Purpose-Driven Paths in the Law

Well-Being, Women in the Profession Track (Tides)

What does it mean to leave a lasting mark on the world through the practice of law? Defining one's legal legacy goes beyond mere technical proficiency. It demands an understanding of purpose and a deliberate and strategic approach to career advancement. This seminar presents an opportunity for legal professionals at different stages of their careers to explore the deeper dimensions of their work and chart purposeful paths toward enduring impact. You will hear from accomplished practitioners who have forged purposedriven careers across various legal specialties, from public interest law to corporate governance. They will share their experiences and advice on how to clarify personal values and aspirations within the legal profession. They will discuss strategic career planning and goal setting, emphasizing the alignment of professional goals with personal values and societal impact. This is an opportunity to gain invaluable insights and practical guidance for navigating the complexities of the modern legal profession with purpose, integrity, and impact.

Moderator/Speaker:
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq., Lawrence Law, LLC, NJSBA Past President
  
Maritza Rodriguez, Esq., Rodriguez Law Firm LLC
  
Linda Mainenti Walsh, Esq., Linda Mainenti Walsh, Esq., LLC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Lee A. Solomon, New Jersey Supreme Court
Heather Joy Baker, Esq., Clerk, New Jersey Supreme Court
Robert A. Bianchi, Esq., The Bianchi Law Group, LLC
Jeffrey W. Mazzola, Esq.
Jey Rajaraman, Esq., American Bar Association
Cheyne R. Scott, Esq., Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC
Nicole Tierney, Esq.

THURSDAY, MAY 16
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Estate Administration 101

Wills and Estates, Young Lawyers Track (Studio 4)

Introductory seminar for practitioners addressing basic estate administration procedures and common issues confronted by attorneys who assist client with probating wills and administering estates.

Moderator/Speaker:
Dana A. Bennett, Esq., Bennett Law LLC
  
Speakers:
Adam M. Grenker, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP
Abbey Horwitz, Esq., Coughlin Midlige & Garland LLP
Frederick K. Schoenbrodt, II, Esq., Bressler Amery & Ross PC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Chancery 2024: Litigation in the Fast Lane

Civil Track (Aqua)

Chancery practice in New Jersey often involves litigating high stakes matters at an expedited pace requiring lawyers to be equipped with the agility and skills to achieve results for their clients. This program will provide practitioners with useful tools to succeed in this exciting arena and will touch on the hot topics that the Chancery courts are handling in 2024.

Moderator/Speaker:
Alexandra V. Gallo, Esq., O'Toole Scrivo
  
Speakers:
Hon. Jodi Lee Alper, P.J.Ch., Essex
Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis, P.J.Ch., Morris/Sussex
Hon. Robert Mega, P.J.Ch., Union
Hon. Lisa Vignuolo, P.J.Ch., Middlesex
Jonathan Liss, Esq., Gibbons PC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Tackling Fraud, Waste, and Abuse: Updates from the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller

Civil, Criminal Track (Studio 2)

Hear from Acting State Comptroller Walsh and members of his leadership team on how the independent government agency operates. From investigations into Medicaid fraud and police training to enforcing public bidding and contract law, OSC has broad oversight authority over the Executive Branch agencies and public spending.

Speakers:
Josh Lichtblau, Esq., Director, Medicaid Fraud Division, Office of the State Comptroller
Jane Schuster, Esq., Office of the State Comptroller
Kevin Walsh, Esq., Acting New Jersey Comptroller, Office of State Comptroller

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Updates from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

Civil, Criminal, Presidential/For All Attorneys Track (Central Ballroom CD)

Join us to first hear from New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin on the issues and priorities of the office. And then stick around for a deep dive into the litigation about the Waterfront Commission, including insights about arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Matthew Platkin, Attorney General, State of New Jersey
  
Speakers:
Jeremy Feigenbaum, Solicitor General, State of New Jersey
Parimal Garg, Esq., Chief Counsel, New Jersey Office of the Governor

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Intersectionality Between Family Law and Civil Law

Civil, Family Law Track (Salon C)

A discussion between family lawyers and civil lawyers, about practice areas that overlap into both the civil and family section. Tevis Claims / Per Quod Claims. How to plead these in family court pleadings, and more.

Moderator/Speaker:
Megan S. Murray, Esq., The Family Law Offices of Megan S. Murray
  
Speakers:
Hon. Stacey D. Adams, J.S.C., Monmouth
Hon. Andrea J. Sullivan, J.S.C., Middlesex
Rita Ann M. Aquilio, Esq., Lawrence Law
Thomas DeCataldo, Jr., Esq., Manzi Epstein Lomurro & DeCataldo, LLC
Beatrice E. Kandell, Esq., Skoloff & Wolfe PC
Diana C. Manning, Esq., Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, NJSBA Secretary
Thomas J. Manzo, Esq., Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader PC
Jessica Sprague, Esq., Jardim Meisner & Susser

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire in Practice

Criminal Track (Waves)

Attorney conducted voir dire (ACVD) is being piloted for criminal jury trials in Bergen, Camden and Middlesex counties and is set to expand in 2024 to Atlantic, Cape May, Burlington and Hudson Counties. Hear from a panel of experienced jurists and practitioners who have selected juries in New Jersey and elsewhere using ACVD. They will review the process, cover do’s and don’ts, and discuss the list of juror questions, how to address hardship or challenges for cause that can be asserted based on review of the juror questionnaire, and challenges that arise during oral questioning. Find out what this means for civil practitioners as well.

Moderator/Speaker:
Michael G. Donahue, Esq., Stark & Stark PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Colleen M. Flynn, P.J.Cr., Middlesex
Hon. Mitzy Galis-Menendez, P.J.Cr., Hudson
Hon. Edward J. McBride Jr., P.J.Cr., Camden
Keith L. Abrams, Esq., Assistant Prosecutor, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
Margaret Butler, Esq., First Assistant Public Defender, New Jersey Office of Public Defender
Richard F. Klineburger, III, Esq., Klineburger & Nussey

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities – An Insightful Discussion of Our Changing Weather and its Impact on Minority Communities

Diversity and Inclusion Track (Signature)

Climate change has wrought havoc to people across the globe. However, the brunt of the burden has not been equally distributed. Indeed, a 2021 Environmental Protection Agency Report found that the most severe harms from climate change disproportionately affect underserved communities who are least able to prepare for, and recover from, heat waves, poor air quality, flooding, and other impacts. In this program, participants will hear from a panel with diverse views on the subject that will make for a robust and comprehensive dialogue.

Moderator/Speaker:
Ron McCormick, Esq., Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
  
Speakers:
Dr. Sarah Das, Associate Scientist, Geology & Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Shawn M. LaTourette, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Thomas H. Prol, Esq., Sills Cummis & Gross PC, NJSBA Past President

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Challenging Situations With Clients Involving Cultural Sensitivity

Diversity and Inclusion, Solo and Small-Firm Track (Studio 1)

Solo and small firm attorneys will discuss four real-life scenarios where clients have pushed the boundaries of cultural sensitivity and diversity issues in the office. Discussion will focus on balancing the needs of staff and maintaining standards supporting diversity in the office while dealing with the impact on your working with a client in an ongoing basis. This will be an open and frank discussion where audience participation and input will be welcomed as we tackle these issues head on.

Moderator/Speaker:
Catherine Finnerty, Esq., Goldman & Beslow, LLC
  
Speakers:
Erdal Turnacioglu, Esq., Erdal Employment Law

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Managing Partners Roundtable

Law Practice Management Track (Tides)

Hear from the managing partners at the state's most prestigious firms and learn how they are navigating issues facing the profession, including mentoring attorneys new to the field, navigating work from home and return to the office, DEI matters and more.

Moderator/Speaker:
Peter J. Torcicollo, Esq., Gibbons PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Patricia K. Costello, A.J.S.C. (Ret.), Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Patrick Fuller, Chief Legal Strategist, ALM
Chad M. Moore, Esq., Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP
Thomas P. Scrivo, Esq., O'Toole Scrivo LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Navigating the Ethical Challenges of ADR through the Eyes of Former Judges

Presidential/For All Attorneys, Dispute Resolution Track (Studio 3)

With a rise in case filings straining New Jersey's federal and state courts, retired judges are increasingly sought after as mediators and special masters. Our esteemed panel, comprising former New Jersey federal judges, including a former Chief Judge of the District, a state court judge, and a former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, will explore modern ethical challenges in mediation and special master roles. Topics include standards for neutrals, disclosure obligations, ethical considerations for advocates in alternative dispute settings, confidentiality, and the overarching principles of good faith expected outside the courtroom.

Moderator/Speaker:
Michael A. Kaplan, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  
Speakers:
Hon. James Zazzali, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (Ret.), Gibbons PC
Hon. Douglas E. Arpert (Ret.), Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP
Hon. Harriet Derman, J.S.C. (Ret.), Harriet Derman, Esq., LLC
Hon. Freda Wolfson, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court (Ret.), Lowenstein Sandler LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Esteemed Judges on What They Wish They Knew as Lawyers

Presidential/For All Attorneys, Federal Practice Track (Central Ballroom AB)

What do people who have been on both sides of the bench want lawyers to know about successful litigation? A diverse panel of judges from all levels of the federal and state judiciaries will provide insight into what they wish they knew as lawyers that would have helped them be more successful.

Moderator/Speaker:
David R. Kott, Esq., McCarter & English LLP
  
Speakers:
Hon. Douglas M. Fasciale, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Christine P. O’Hearn, U.S.D.J.
Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi, U.S.D.J.
Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., U.S.C.A. (Ret.), Arnold & Porter LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

So, You Want to be a Judge?

Presidential/For All Attorneys, Federal Practice Track (Central Meeting Room 1)

This is a chance to learn about what it takes to become a state or federal court judge. This conversation will raise the curtain on the process of nomination and appointment. Hear from representatives of the Governor's Office, the NJSBA Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, elected leaders and more.

Moderator/Speaker:
Carlos Bollar, Esq., Archer & Greiner PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Julio Mendez (Ret.)
Victor A. Afanador, Esq., Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador
Sen. Anthony M. Bucco, Esq., Murphy McKeon PC
Valentina DiPippo, Esq., Office of the Governor
Albertina Webb, Esq., Sarno DaCosta Daniello & Maceri

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:15PM

Lessons from Women Litigators and Judges

Presidential/For All Attorneys, Women in the Profession Track (Music Box Theatre)

One of the hottest programs of the Annual Meeting returns with a fresh panel of judges an practitioners who will discuss their journeys in the legal profession and what strategies attorneys can use in their daytoday practices.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Lisa Perez-Friscia, J.A.D., t/a
  
Speakers:
Hon. Anne M. Patterson, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Andrea Carter-Latimer, J.S.C., Middlesex
Hon. Heidi Willis Currier, P.J.A.D.
Hon. Lisa Miralles Walsh, AJ.S.C., Union
Christine Amalfe, Esq., Gibbons PC, NJSBA First Vice President
Mary Gabriel, Esq., McCarter & English LLP
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq., Lawrence Law, LLC, NJSBA Past President

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

Hot Topics in Cannabis Law: 2023 – A Panel Discussion

Special Interest Track (Central Meeting Room 2/3)

The Cannabis Law Special Committee will present a guided Q&A panel discussion focusing on selected legal and business topics, including: labor issues in the cannabis space market sustainability (flower prices, etc.) license limits in the future – lottery provision in rules social equity excise fee (SEEF)expiration of priority license ownership after two years and impact on minority and social equity owned businesses.

Moderator/Speaker:
Sarah Trent, Esq., Valley Wellness
  
Speakers:
Mollie Hartman Lustig, Esq., McLaughlin & Stern
Daniel T. McKillop, Esq., Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC
Chirali V. Patel, Esq., Blaze Law Firm LLC
Ruth A. Rauls, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP
Chris Riggs, Esq., New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission
William J. Wallace, Esq.

THURSDAY, MAY 16
1:30PM - 3:00PM

How Will the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling Affect College Admissions?

Special Interest, Federal Practice Track (Studio 4)

As we continue to navigate the evolving landscape of affirmative action and its implications following the SCOTUS’s decision Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. (SFFA) v. President & Fellows of Harvard College (Harvard) and SFFA v. University of North Carolina, this panel discuss how the decisions affect college admissions. The decision ending racebased admissions policies at colleges and universities leaves in place other forms of affirmative action like legacy preferences and early admissions. This conversation will consider how underrepresented student enrollment dropped in states that previously banned racebased affirmative action, and how some have tried to increase student diversity through raceneutral methods.

CLE Credits For This Program:
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50-minute hour)
NY CLE (Transitional & Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending

Moderator/Speaker:
Leonard V. Jones, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  

THURSDAY, MAY 16
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Trends in Employment Discrimination: Expansion of Protected Classes and Reverse Discrimination; Religious Exemptions and Pay Equity

Labor Track (Luna)

This panel will discuss recent trends in employment discrimination including: proposals for the expansion of protected classes under workplace antidiscrimination laws (e.g., proposed expansion of the NJLAD to include weight and height) and the uptick in reverse discrimination claims based on existing laws; the impact of religious exemptions to workplace discrimination laws under current law following the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; and developments in pay equity, including proposed legislation governing wage transparency.

Moderator/Speaker:
Colin Lynch, Esq., Zazzali Fagella Nowak Kleinbaum & Friedman, PC
  
Speakers:
Cheyne R. Scott, Esq., Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC
John L. Shahdanian, II, Esq., Trenk Isabel Siddiqi & Shahdanian
Stephanie Wilson, Esq., Reed Smith, LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Dead Shopping Centers and How to Revive Them

Business and Taxation, Land Use Track (Studio 4)

An overview of shopping centers that are dying and how to revive them. This program will also look at dead centers and the consequences; bankruptcy implications and specific parts of the statute designed for shopping centers; as well as lease and mortgage provisions triggered by defaults.

Moderator/Speaker:
Lawrence B. Litwin, Esq., Lawrence B. Litwin PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Glenn Berman (Ret.), Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
Anthony F. DellaPelle, Esq., McKirdy, Riskin, Olson & DellaPelle, PC
Paul Grygiel, AICP, PP, Phillips Preiss Grygiel Leheny Hughes, LLC
Matthew S. Krauser, Newmark Valuation & Advisory
Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq.
Adriana M. Peters, Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Hot Topics in Commercial Real Estate

Business and Taxation, Real Estate, Young Lawyers Track (Luna)

Learn from seasoned commercial real estate attorneys as they discuss the latest trends in the law involving retail, office and industrial transactions, including sales, financing and insurance.

Moderator/Speaker:
Matthew J. Schiller, Esq., Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP
  
Speakers:
Francis M. Giantomasi, Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Leah Sandbank Kaufman, Esq., McManimon Scotland & Baumann LLC
Stuart J. Lieberman, Esq., Lieberman & Blecher PC
Sean R. McGowan, Esq., Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Navigating Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases in 2024

Civil Track (Aqua)

This panel will discuss the landmark CSAA amendments from legislator’s perspective, TCA, CSAA, Charitable Immunity. A panel of experienced practitioners will discuss all aspect of handling a sex abuse case, including retainer agreements, discovery issues (requesting reservation of rights letters, deposing victims, obtaining records from DCPP with motions for a court order), need for insurance archaeologist for coverage in old cases, insurance coverage and declaratory judgment actions, RPCs and duty to represent the defendant not the carrier, what to do when there is bad faith, drafting jury charges on the liability and damages (punitive and attorney’s fees) under the CSAA and LAD. It will also examine representing nonprofit and other organizations – when are policies needed, sample policies, coverage issues for past acts, background checks for employees, the Diana Screen.

Moderator/Speaker:
Kevin P. McCann, Esq., Chance & McCann LLC, NJSBA Past President
  
Speakers:
Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney (former)
Eric L. Harrison, Esq., Methfessel & Werbel
Craig J. Hubert, Esq., Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader PC
Eric G. Kahn, Esq., Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins
Shanna McCann, Esq., Chance & McCann LLC
Michael S. Mikulski, II, Esq., Connor Weber & Oberlies
Hillary Nappi, Esq., Hach Rose Schirripa & Cheverie LLP
Jeffrey M. Russo, Esq., Russo Law Offices LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Your Adversary Did What? Exploring the Line Between Zealous Advocacy and Outrageous Conduct in Depositions

Civil, Criminal, Ethics, Federal Practice Track (Tides)

This panel will consider the rules of conduct in deposition under the federal and state rules, using reallife examples of conduct in depositions that necessitated court intervention. In addition to discussing the governing rules, panelists will discuss how to best respond (if at all) to conduct that tests the bounds of advocacy and civility.

Moderator/Speaker:
Michael A. Kaplan, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  
Speakers:
Hon. Barry T. Albin (Ret.), New Jersey Supreme Court, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Hon. Evelyn Padin, U.S.D.J.
Hon. Karen M. Cassidy, A.J.S.C. (Ret.), Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan LLC
Hon. Marlene Lynch Ford, A.J.S.C., Ocean (Ret.), Keefe Law Firm
Christine Amalfe, Esq., Gibbons PC, NJSBA First Vice President

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

“Non-Traditional” Families? … Expanding the Notions of Family

Diversity and Inclusion, Family Law Track (Salon C)

A roundtable discussion on evolving family structures.

Moderator/Speaker:
Jeffrey Fiorello, Esq., Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP
  
Speakers:
Hon. Julio Mendez (Ret.)
Lisa Burke, Administrative Office of the Courts
LaDonna M. Cousins, Esq., Williams Law Group, LLC
Debra E. Guston, Esq., Guston & Guston, LLP
Francesca O'Cathain, Esq., O'Cathain Law Group
Maritza Rodriguez, Esq., Rodriguez Law Firm LLC
William S. Singer, Esq., Singer & Fedun LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Are DEI Programs DOA? Status of DEI Programs Post SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC

Diversity and Inclusion, Labor Track (Signature)

This panel will discuss the future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Programs by delving into the current legal landscape of DEI programs after the US Supreme Court’s June 2023 decisions in SSFA v. Harvard and SSFA v. UNC. Our panel goes beyond the surface to scrutinize the present status of DEI initiatives across the private and public business and educational sectors. Join us as we navigate the intricacies and challenges faced by organizations in fostering inclusive environments without running afoul of applicable statutes and developing case law. Gain valuable insights into the effectiveness of existing DEI programs, explore innovative strategies for improvement, and discover actionable steps towards a more diverse and equitable future.

Moderator/Speaker:
John L. Shahdanian, II, Esq., Trenk Isabel Siddiqi & Shahdanian
  
Speakers:
Kirsten S. Branigan, Esq., KSBranigan Law PC
Clifford D. Dawkins, Esq., Rutgers Law School
Lloyd Freeman, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Assemblywoman Ellen Park
Ravi Sattiraju, Esq., Sattiraju & Tharney, LLP
Robert T. Szyba, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Ethics and Immigration (Entertaining Ethics)

Ethics, Immigration Track (Central Meeting Room 2/3)

This panel will use the portrayal of immigration law in film (The Proposal and The Terminal) and television (Superstore) as a springboard to discuss an attorney’s ethical obligations and professional responsibilities. To make attorney ethics and professional responsibility less theoretical, the panel will present excerpts of popular movies and television shows portraying real world immigration issues and their related ethical dilemmas. Immigration law as portrayed in pop culture is often filled with myths and falsehoods, wherein clients seem to engage in the legal system with little or no attorney guidance, committing fraud and misrepresentation, violating immigration laws, engaging in unlawful employment practices, and potentially human trafficking. Where are the attorneys in all of this? If these were your clients, what would you, as an attorney advise? The panel will discuss and debate an attorney’s ethical obligation and professional responsibilities in each scenario. NOTE: Justice Noriega is a Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. The views expressed during his presentation does not necessarily represent the official position of the New Jersey Supreme Court or the State of New Jersey. The views represent the author’s personal opinions, which were formed after extensive consultation with the membership of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Judge Harbeck is the Eastern Regional Vice President of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ). The views expressed during her presentations do not necessarily represent the official position of the United States Department of Justice, the Attorney General, or the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The views represent the author’s personal opinions, which were formed after extensive consultation with the membership of the NAIJ.

Moderator/Speaker:
Lin Walker, Esq., Meyner and Landis LLP
  
Speakers:
Hon. Michael Noriega, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Dorothy A. Harbeck, U.S.I.J.
Jonathan Holtz, Esq., Bramnick Law
Susan Girardo Roy, Esq., Law Office of Susan G. Roy, LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Insta What?? Using Social Media to Ethically Build Your Brand

Ethics, Law Practice Management, Solo and Small-Firm, Technology Track (Central Meeting Room 1)

There is no question that social media is a growing force for reaching clients and building a brand. This panel will show Solo and Small Firm attorneys who may not be familiar with using social media some of the tools they can use to reach new clients ethically. Specifically, panelists will demonstrate the following: 1) What a LinkedIn profile is, the type of information that should be posted on LinkedIn, and how LinkedIn can be used to reach potential new clients 2) What InstaGram is, the types of postings that can be made, and how it can be used to reach new clients 3) X (formerly Twitter) and TikTok – these present special challenges for attorneys but do reach a younger potential clientele base After these social media tools are demonstrated, panelists will then discuss (i) how you can use them and how the rules on attorney advertising and ethics apply to them and any pitfalls you need to be aware of, plus (ii) how to avoid the “appearance of impropriety.” Just because an attorney can do something, does not always mean they should. The appearance of impropriety is an important concern as well, especially if we want to maintain standards in our profession.

Speakers:
Kelly Castor, Esq., Castor Law LLC
Marc D. Garfinkle, Esq., The Law Office of Marc Garfinkle
Cher Krumins-Beens, CKB Marketing and Branding
Donald Newman, Office of Small Business Advocacy, New Jersey Business Action Center
Elliot Stern, Accel Marketing Solutions, Inc.

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Civil and Criminal DOJ Enforcement Trends

Federal Practice Track (Studio 1)

This presentation will provide an overview of DOJ’s enforcement trends in recent years, with a focus on the healthcare and life sciences industries. This includes discussions of the types of actions DOJ is most commonly pursuing (including FCA, AKS, data integrity and private equity acquisitions), updates on DOJ’s compliance program, the Monaco Memo, and DOJ’s new whistleblower program for corporate crimes.

Moderator/Speaker:
Adam Baker, Esq., King & Spalding LLP
  

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Cancel Culture: New First Amendment Challenges in Media and Employment Law

Labor, Special Interest Track (Studio 3)

“Cancel Culture” is a crosspartisan phenomenon born of social media, which has migrated into the workplace. In Netchoice v. Paxton case, wherein the United States Supreme court will have to confront whether the First Amendment prohibits states from interfering with social media platforms, is just the tip of the iceberg. Some say that protecting the most vulnerable requires reimagining our free speech values, while others may argue that “Cancel Culture” is just the latest form of the kind of censorship the U.S. Constitution rejects. The panel will explore the first amendment implications of Cancel Culture in social media and the workplace and the immensely complicated and monumental issues it poses in our increasingly polarized workplaces and society at large.

Moderator/Speaker:
Raymond M. Baldino, Esq., Zazzali Law
  
Speakers:
Lisa K. Barre-Quick, Esq., Apruzzese McDermott Mastro & Murphy
Ari Cohn, Esq., Free Speech Counsel, TechFreedom
Frank L. Corrado, Esq., Barry Corrado & Grassi PC
Lisa Manshel, Esq., Manshel Law LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

DWI Year in Review: New Laws, New Cases

Municipal Track (Waves)

This seminar will visit the cutting edge of DWI practice involving newly enacted sentencing options and pleabargaining opportunities, defending and prosecuting drugged driving defendants in light of State v. Olenowski, what prosecutors and defense attorneys must know when investigating postconviction relief for subsequent offenders in light of State v. Cassidy and State v. Zingis, and how ongoing litigation in State v. Cunningham and the State's efforts to introduce new breath testing technology will affect prosecutions both now and in the future.

Moderator/Speaker:
John Menzel, Esq., Law Offices of John Menzel
  
Speakers:
Sophia Shalaby, Esq., Law Offices of Sophia M. Shalaby, LLC

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Supreme Court Year in Review

Presidential/For All Attorneys Track (Central Ballroom AB)

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.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Peter F. Bariso, Jr., A.J.S.C. (Ret.) Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC
  
Speakers:
Hon. Rachel Wainer Apter, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Anne M. Patterson, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Lee A. Solomon, New Jersey Supreme Court
Hon. Jeanne T. Covert, A.J.S.C., Burlington
Hon. Deborah J. Venezia, P.J.F.P., Middlesex

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Mental Health Diversion Program: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know

Presidential/For All Attorneys, Civil, Criminal Track (Central Ballroom CD)

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed into law a measure that will help ensure each county in the state has a mental health diversion program, meant to help people who come into contact with the criminal law system who have also have a mental health diagnosis.

Speakers:
Hon. Siobhan Teare, J.S.C., Essex
Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq., Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran LLC, NJSBA President
Morgan McGoughran-Tumulty, Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor's Office
Alyshia McGuire, Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor's Office
Mary Frances Palisano, Gibbons PC
Kelly Lerner Sanders, Esq., New Jersey Office of the Public Defender

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Hot Topics in Health Law for All Attorneys: How to Play with a Full Deck When the Stakes are High

Special Interest Track (Studio 2)

The panel will consist of a group of experienced New Jersey health law attorneys who will cover health law issues, including issues which arise in multiple nonhealth law practice areas. The presentation will include health law topics and reallife examples that lawyers should consider when representing physicians and other health related clients such as: HIPAA, antikickback and self referral laws, private equity, investment in health care, medispas, corporate practice of medicine restrictions, change of ownership disclosure obligations, duty to report to licensing boards and other regulators, restrictive covenants, and more.

Moderator/Speaker:
Grace D. Mack, Esq., Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA
  
Michael F. Schaff, Esq., Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA
  
Speakers:
Nicole DiMaria, Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Joseph M. Franck, Esq., Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, LLC
Michael Kennedy, New Jersey Department of Health
Khaled John Klele, Esq., McCarter & English, LLP
Stefanie Mozgai, Assistant Commissioner, NJ Department of Health

THURSDAY, MAY 16
3:30PM - 5:00PM

What I Wish I Knew: Lessons Learned from the Legal World

Women in the Profession, Young Lawyers Track (Music Box Theatre)

A panel of young lawyers and a judge will discuss their experiences in the legal world and what they have learned in their careers, including from early successes as well as “teachable moments.” The panelists will discuss practical issues which are not taught in law school such as networking, climbing the career ladder, managing billable hours, navigating financial matters, asking for help, and engaging with your adversaries.

Moderator/Speaker:
Katrina M. Homel, Esq., New Jersey Education Association
  
Speakers:
Hon. Jodi F. Bouer, J.S.C., Mercer
Saad Admani, Esq., State Tax Law LLC
Kimberly M. Gilhooly, Esq., Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
Robert N. Holup, Esq., Berkowitz, Lichtstein, Kuritsky, Giasullo & Gross, LLC
Lauren Jones, Esq., Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC
Alexandra Loprete, Esq., Fredson Statmore Bitterman LLC
John Malchow, Esq., Simon Law Group
Cory Rothbort, Esq., Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC
Brandon L. Wolff, Esq., Chair-Elect, NJSBA Young Lawyers Division

 

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