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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/19/09
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New Jersey State Bar Association to hold Rule of Law Conference

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey State Bar Association will hold a free special event at the New Jersey Law Center on March 20 that will explore the most fundamental cornerstone of democracy: The Rule of Law.

The public, lawyers, community leaders, religious officials and educators are invited to take part in an in-depth conversation about the underpinnings and challenges to the principles that guide our society.

The rule of law is the core of the American constitutional order. It serves as the foundation that provides equity, opportunity and stability for every community. And it protects the basic rights of everyone; allowing people to be treated fairly, earn a decent wage, access necessary healthcare and an education.

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will be on hand to offer his unique perspective on this critical issue. The event will also feature discussions about the importance of promoting the rule of law and delving deeper into the current controversies and challenges to the concept, both in New Jersey and across the globe. This will be a dynamic forum and an opportunity for all of those in attendance to speak directly with experts -- and each other -- about how this vital concept can be nurtured and protected.

Chief Justice Rabner will be joined by a number of luminaries from every aspect of society, including New Jersey Public Advocate Ronald Chen, Former Bosnia-Herzegovina Ambassador John Menzies, and New Jersey Federal District Court Chief Judge Garrett Brown.

The upcoming event is modeled on the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, a public service project devoted to promoting rule of law around the world as the most effective long-term antidote to the pressing problems facing the world community today, including poverty, economic stagnation, and conflict. It is active in over 40 countries.

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, to encouraging participation in voluntary pro bono activities and to aiding in the administration of justice. Visit the Association’s website at www.njsba.com.