NJSBA News and Updates
Critical MCLE deadlines approaching; thousands could face administrative ineligibility
It has been four years since New Jersey instituted mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) for lawyers. The good news is that the overwhelming majority – more than 90 percent -- of New Jersey lawyers are in compliance with the 2011-2014 compliance reporting requirements. The bad news is that around 5,000 face being declared administratively ineligible to practice by the Court unless they get the required credits by Oct. 31. Now, court officials are encouraging those who still need credits to act quickly, and are taking the opportunity to remind all attorneys of the MCLE requirements. Here's what you need to know.
NJSBA argues amicus case before Supreme Court
The New Jersey State Bar Association appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Sept. 24 to argue as a friend-of-the-court in a driving while intoxicated case. Jeffrey Evan Gold presented the association's arguments in State v. Revie, which asks if a defendant who is convicted of a third offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI) more than ten years after his second DWI conviction is entitled to a second step-down in sentencing under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a)(3) after having already received a step-down in sentencing on his second DWI conviction? Read the association's brief, click here.
Help us fight hunger. Join us for a competition starting Oct. 1. Lawyers Feeding New Jersey will harness the power of everyone in the legal community to assist in the battle against hunger. Tax-deductible donations and team registrations will be accepted starting 9 a.m., Oct. 1. The competition will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Read more>
The NJSBA General Council will meet on Friday October 17 at the Law Center, New Brunswick beginning at 1 p.m., with a buffet lunch available at noon. The General Council includes leaders of the NJSBA, NJSBF, and county and specialty bar associations, as governed by the NJSBA Bylaws. The General Council makes recommendations to the NJSBA Board of Trustees on matters affecting the membership and the legal community at large.
The meeting will include the election of a member to a seat on the NJSBA Nominating Committee. Two candidates have qualified – Kelly Ann Bird (Gibbons PC in Newark) and Jonathan W. Wolfe (Skoloff & Wolfe in Livingston). To learn more about the candidates, read this q-and-a.
A 1.5 credit CLE seminar “Age and Its Impact on the Law” will be moderated by Nancy Erika Smith of Smith Mullin in Montclair. Resolutions from members and participating bar associations will be considered. Members of the General Council may use this link to register.
The Camden, Cumberland, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset and Essex County Bar Associations joined the State Bar Association by sending letters calling on the Governor and Legislative leaders to address the judicial vacancy crisis.
The New Jersey State Bar Association called on Gov. Chris Christie and Legislative leaders to address the ongoing crisis of judicial vacancies. NJSBA President Paris P. Eliades sent a letter noting that with 52 vacancies on the state's trial bench and another 12 looming, judges are struggling to resolve residents' disputes, and court officials have had to take drastic measures, including imposing limitations on some cases. Read more>
We can help connect you to legal resources and programs. Find an attorney through the county bar associations. See if you can benefit from any of the NJSBA pro bono programs, such as the Military Legal Assistance Program. Plus, the public can get free information through the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.more