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

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Director, NJ Comm. on Professionalism in the Law

New Jersey's 2009 Election and Beyond

The General Council Meeting is October 16 at Law Center. The event brings together leaders of the organized bar from across the state, including representatives from the NJSBA, county bar assns and specialty bar assns to discuss and address matters of interest to lawyers.

The General Council members will vote to fill a vacancy on the NJSBA Nominating Committee, the body that recommends persons to fill leadership positions within the association, including officers, members of the Board of Trustees, and delegates to the American Bar Association. There are two candidates for the Nominating Committee vacancy – Gregory T. Farmer of Hudson County, and James J. Gerrow of Burlington County. Mr. Farmer’s law office is in Union City and his practice focuses primarily on family law matters. Mr. Gerrow formerly served as executive assistant prosecutor in Burlington County. Both gentlemen have served on the NJSBA Board of Trustees.

Two of Trenton’s most-connected insiders will share their insights and predicitions with the General Council on what this year’s election means to the shape of things in the state’s capitol.

From legislation to political intrique, Roger Bodman and Harold Hodes will talk about what to expect in the final days of the Governor’s race, what each candidate’s Statehouse might look like, the fight for control of the legislature, the legislative agenda in the lame duck session, property tax reform and how it all affects the legal profession.

Bodman and Hodes head Public Strategies Impact, one of Trenton’s top government relations and public affairs firms, which now includes the New Jersey State Bar Association on its client roster. They bring years of experience – from both sides of the aisle - to the table.

Hodes served as Chief of Staff to Governor Brendan Byrne and was a political advisor in the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the NJ Turnpike Authority. Bodman ran Thomas Kean’s gubernatorial campaigns and served as his Commissioner of Labor and Commissioner of Transportation. Both gentlemen now teach at the Eagleton Institute of Politics of Rutgers University and are political comentators.