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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/13/09
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Hundreds of Attorneys and Judges Gather At New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting

Atlantic City - The premiere meeting of the state’s largest lawyers group began today.

Hundreds of judges and lawyers are gathered at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention for educational seminars, speeches and networking events. The event continues through Friday at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

This year marks the association’s 110th Annual Meeting. Animal cruelty, school prayer, home foreclosures, the real “American Gangster,” trends in pharmaceutical litigation and eyewitness identification are just some of the topics to be explored at over 100 events.

“In this economy, it’s important to stay connected, network and gain credits for continuing legal education,” said Association President-Elect Allen Etish.

Today’s highlights include:

Seminars cover Animal Cruelty to Home Foreclosure:

Seminars cover a range of issues from hot tips for litigators to home foreclosures to prosecuting animal cruelty cases.

Economy:

The economic recession facing the country has touched nearly every sector of the business world, from retail to construction to banking, and the legal profession has not been immune. At the Annual Meeting over a dozen seminars - including several today - will explore how those issues touch lawyers.

“These are extremely difficult times,” said Bar Association President Peggy Sheahan Knee. “The bar association wants to make sure we do everything we can to help the members of this profession develop the tools and education to not just make it through, but to thrive.”

Mentoring Success:

The association’s Young Lawyers Division kicks off a new mentoring program meant to pair members with veteran lawyers. The idea behind the program is to match a lawyer with at least 15 years of experience with a young lawyer looking to get answers to questions they may not feel comfortable asking supervisors, or learn about a new area of expertise beyond their current caseload, said Kimberly Yonta Aronow, chair of the Young Lawyers Division.

“A young lawyer is always faced with a career decision, a choice to leave or enter a particular practice area, or the lawyer has a complex legal question for which guidance is necessary. This program will provide a young lawyer with a confidante,” she said.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice. For more information on the Pipeline Diversity Task Force, other programs sponsored by the NJSBA and membership benefits, visit the association’s website at www.njsba.com.

To find out more about the Annual Meeting visit www.njsba.com.

To obtain credentials, contact Kate Coscarelli at 732-937-7548 or kcoscarelli@njsba.com.

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