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Hundreds of Attorneys and Judges Gather Tomorrow in Atlantic City New Jersey State Bar Association Holds its Largest-Ever Annual Meeting

Atlantic City -- The state’s legal community will come together tomorrow at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention for educational seminars, speeches and networking events. With over 1,700 attorneys and judges registered to attend, the event is expected to be the biggest in the history of the state’s largest lawyers group.

A wide range of prominent legal experts, programs on hot issues such as the current economic crisis, and debate on law and public policy will be at the center of the event, which runs from May 19 to 21 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

An inside look at the workings of the New Jersey Supreme Court, an examination of the past 50 years of civil rights issues, the trends in handling electronic information and sports gambling cases are just some of the topics to be explored in 100 events and programs.

Reporters are welcome to cover the state bar association’s premiere gathering.

Wednesday’s highlights include:

New President:

Richard H. Steen will become the head of the state’s largest lawyers group when he is installed as president Thursday. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will administer the oath of office.

The 60-year-old Lawrenceville resident is known for being even-keeled and thoughtful. 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 look for ways foster diversity in the profession and association, and 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.”

Hot Topics:

Tomorrow’s seminars will focus on the economy. Panel discussions will be held on “Getting Paid in Good Times and Bad,” “New Business Development in the Recession,” and residential foreclosures. Other programs will focus on divorce in families with special needs children and municipal court basics.

Coming Thursday:

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.

To find out more about the Annual Meeting visit To obtain credentials, contact Kate Coscarelli at 732-937-7548 or