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Corporate divorces, animal law, sports gambling, civil rights, Supreme Court highlights on tap tomorrow at State Bar's Annual Meeting

Atlantic City – New Jersey Supreme Court justices, state legislators, and top legal experts will gather tomorrow, May 20, at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City.

With over 1,700 lawyers and judges in attendance, the event is the premiere gathering of the state’s legal community. It began today and continues through Friday. Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover the event.

Some of Thursday’s highlights:


Today’s seminars cover topics ranging from a look inside the New Jersey Supreme Court, what lawyers can do to be successful despite the down economy; an update on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender law; a master class on the dos and don’ts of appellate argument, and a presentation titled, “Women Trailblazers in the Law.”

Officer Installation:

A new slate of officers will be installed to lead the association’s executive committee. Richard H. Steen, of Princeton, 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.

The 60-year-old Lawrenceville resident is known for an even-keeled and thoughtful approach to handling crisis. Among the issues he plans to focus on during his term as president are: fostering diversity in the association’s leadership and the profession and helping attorneys survive in the difficult economy.

“I am proud to be a lawyer and especially proud to be able to lead the association in the coming year. The challenges lawyers face due to the economic downturn are still very much with us. This bar association will continue to address the effects of new technology, alternate billing arrangements and other issues that are bringing fundamental changes to the practice,” said Steen. “It is an exciting time to be leading the association as we help our colleagues in the profession navigate these changes to enhance their practice and the legal services they can provide.”

In additon to Steen, Susan A. Feeney will become president-elect, Kevin P. McCann will become first vice president, Ralph J. Lamparello will become second vice president, Paris P. Eliades will become treasurer, and Miles S. Winder III will become secretary.


The Association of Black Women Lawyers will receive the association’s Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award from the Diversity Committee. The event begins at noon.

Coming Friday:

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court of New Jersey Chief Judge Garrett Brown will deliver State-of-the-Judiciary speeches at 9 a.m.

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