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Former Governors and Supreme Court Justices to Discuss History, Getting Along and Policy

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Former Governors Brendan T. Byrne and James F. Florio will be among an impressive slate of speakers at the New Jersey Law Center on Thursday, May 8, for “New Jersey Governors and the Supreme Court,” a program sponsored by the Rutgers Program on the Governor-Eagleton Institute of Politics, the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), that will explore the history and evolution of the formal and informal relationship between the state’s governors and the highest court.

“Since 1899, the NJSBA and our members have been closely involved in helping to shape the executive and judicial complexion of the State of New Jersey,” said NJSBA President Lynn Fontaine Newsome. “I can think of no better setting than the Law Center to host this event bringing together some of New Jersey’s most influential legal minds to help share insights into how governors and the Supreme Court have interacted since New Jersey’s Constitution was established in 1947. We are proud to partner with Ruth Mandel and New Jersey’s premiere political education forum, the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education for this important event.”

The former governors will be joined by former Chief Justices James R. Zazzali and Deborah T. Poritz, former Justices Daniel J. O'Hern, Gary S. Stein and Peter Verniero, former chief judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals John J. Gibbons, Rutgers Law School-Camden professor Robert Williams, former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General Robert J. Del Tufo and professor John B. Wefing of Seton Hall Law School. Retired Superior Court Judge Burrell Ives Humphreys, Sterns & Weinroth founder Joel H. Sterns and McCarter & English partner William S. Greenberg are panelists as well.

In addition to the views of participants regarding the formal and informal relationship of governors and the courts, how the relationship has taken shape since 1947, and a discussion of governors and the court as policy makers will also be addressed.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick and is open to the public, students and New Jersey attorneys. Online registration is available at using the Meetings Calendar.

Click here for the Preliminary Agenda.

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