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

For three days next week, the state’s legal community will come together 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 and photographers are welcome to cover the state bar association’s premiere gathering.

Here are some of the highlights:

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 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 issue of fostering diversity, as well as 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:

Leading members of the profession will take part in dozens of educational seminars on everything from municipal court to law office management. The challenges of using electronic information in court, how to thrive during the economic recession and ethics are the focus of numerous courses. Other courses will cover trends and developments in animal law, sports gambling, military law, religion in public schools, ethics, and civil rights. Seminars start Wednesday at 1 p.m.

State of the Judiciary Speeches:

Chief Justice Rabner and U.S. District Court of New Jersey Chief Judge Garrett Brown will deliver remarks about their respective judiciaries Friday morning.

Supreme Court Justices:

In addition to Chief Justice Rabner’s address, several other members of the state’s high court will participate in the convention. Several current and retired members of the Supreme Court, including Justices Virginia Long, Barry T. Albin, Helen Hoens and retired Chief Justice James Zazzali and retired Justice Peter Verniero will share insights about the inner workings of the Court at “Supremely Qualified.” Justice Roberto-Rivera Soto and U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Michael Chagares will offer tips on handling appellate issues. And Justice Jaynee LaVecchia will take part in a panel discussion on “Women Trailblazers in the Law.”

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