New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director of Communications


Anti-bullying law, individual rights, developments in Trenton, ethics and what it takes for female lawyers to join the bench on tap tomorrow at New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting

Atlantic City – The largest gathering of the state’s legal community kicks off tomorrow. Over 2,500 New Jersey judges, lawyers, state legislators and legal experts will gather tomorrow, May 15, at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City.


The event is the premiere annual gathering of the state’s legal community. It begins at 1 p.m. today and continues through Friday.


Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover the event.

Some of Wednesday’s highlights:


Among the nearly two dozen educational seminars tomorrow include sessions that look at “New Jersey’s Hidden Court: Immigration Court,” family law matters, hot topics in professional responsibility, pay-to-play law, the intersection of law and politics, and animal law.


This year’s conference also features a group of programs examining the threats to judicial independence. On Wednesday, former governors Jim Florio and Donald DiFrancesco and others, will discuss “A Historical Perspective on Judicial Independence in New Jersey and How it Affects the Practice of Law.”


Coming Thursday:

Officer Installation:

A new slate of officers will be installed to lead the association’s executive committee. Ralph J. Lamparello, of Secacus, will become president of the association. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will administer the oath of office. The event begins at 7 p.m.


Coming Friday:

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court of New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome Simandle will deliver state of the Judiciary speeches at 9 a.m.


Justice Barry T. Albin will also deliver “A Talk on the Independence of the Judiciary.”


Immediately following the speeches is a special program examining threats to judicial independence in New Jersey and around the country. Among the speakers are: Retired Chief Justice James R. Zazzali; retired Justice Virginia A. Long; Sen. Kevin O’Toole; John J. Farmer Jr., general counsel at Rutgers University; Bert Brandenberg, executive director of Justice at Stake in Washington, D.C.; and Raymond Brown.


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