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Santa Barbara promises a top-notch Mid-Year event

The New Jersey State Bar Association will travel to Santa Barbara for Mid-Year Meeting 2007, offering members the opportunity to explore the spectacular California coast while attending a wide range of top-notch educational programming. Slated for Nov. 6-11, and based at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, the conference promises something for everyone.

Nestled between Los Angeles and San Francisco on a magnificent stretch along the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara’s natural beauty and cultural traditions make it a premiere meeting and resort destination. Visitors can explore the broad shopping district; tour three local Spanish missions and the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse; wander through the arts district, ranked as one of the top 10 art colonies in the country; and enjoy countless outdoor activities.

Young lawyers are entitled to substantial discounts on registration fees for themselves as well as their guests. These reduced charges reflect the NJSBA’s commitment to provide accessible mentoring and educational opportunities to young lawyers. Rates are listed on the Mid-Year Meeting registration forms, which may be downloaded from the NJSBA website at

Online registration for the Mid-Year Meeting, dinner at the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Mid-Year Meeting Golf Tournament at the breathtaking Sandpiper Golf Course is also available directly from the NJSBA website.

Excellent Accommodations

In addition to the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara, which is dramatically situated between the ocean and mountains and reminiscent of 1920s Hollywood splendor, Mid-Year Meeting attendees can choose from two alternate site accommodations. The Montecito Inn, located within walking distance of the Four Seasons, maintains the same early Hollywood charm. Built in 1928 by cinema legend Charlie Chaplin, the Inn was originally meant as an escape to paradise for Chaplin's closest friends. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort sits majestically on the pristine beach. With a commanding view of the mountains in one direction and the Pacific Ocean in the other, the magnificent resort is set in a perfect location.

For rate information on the Montecito Inn and Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, contact Gail Girard at 732-937-7509 or Denise Beninato at 732-937-7537.

Educational Opportunities

The Mid-Year Meeting in Santa Barbara is a great opportunity to earn NY, PA and NJ attorney certification credits in just three short mornings, while also networking with colleagues and enjoying the amenities of a world-class resort area. Most Mid-Year Meeting programs are cosponsored with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), and attendees can earn up to 7.0 CLE credits by selecting from among at least a dozen topnotch offerings in a wide variety of practice areas. Additional speakers and topics continue to be added as the meeting draws closer, and presently include:

“Chancery 2007” is a practical guide to chancery practice addressing the following topics: order to show cause; restrictive covenants; specific performance; oppressed minority shareholder litigation, including appointment of provisional directors, fiscal agents and receivers; misfilings between the Law Division and Chancery Division; and mediation. The program will feature Hon. Thomas P. Olivieri, P.J.S.C.; Hon. Neil H. Shuster, P.J.S.C.; Allen A. Etish, Esq.; and Ralph J. Lamparello, Esq.

“Hot Tips in Federal Practice” will featuring Hon. Katharine S. Hayden, U.S.D.J. and Dennis Drasco, Esq. “Recent Court Rule Amendments for Civil and Family Cases: Best Practices” will feature Hon. Peter F. Bariso Jr., P.J.S.C.; Hon. Michael K. Diamond, P.J.S.C.; Hon. Bernadette DeCastro, J.S.C. “E-Discovery” will feature Hon. Alfred M. Wolin, U.S.D.J. (Retired). “How to Successfully Argue Before the New Jersey Supreme Court” will feature Hon. James R. Zazzali, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court; Daniel J. Pomeroy, Esq. and Brian G. Steller, Esq. “Global Warming: Impacts and Initiatives” will feature Brian Montag, Esq. “Rights and Liabilities in the Internet Age” will feature Steven Schecter, Esq. and Christine H. Steinberg, Esq.

“Be on Your Best Behavior: An Ethics Update for Municipal Lawyers, Lawyer-Lobbyists, Public Officials and Those Who Contribute to Them” will address state laws and changing ethics rules governing the conduct of attorneys who represent municipalities and their boards, serve as public officials and contribute to political candidates. The program will cover these changing rules and offer tips on navigating the maze these rules and regulations have created, and will feature William A. Krais, Esq. and Christopher P. DePhillips, Esq.

“Civil Unions: East Meets West,” sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, Family Law Section and Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section, will feature Lizanne J. Ceconi, Esq.; Kathryn Laughlin, Esq.; Alison Leslie, Esq.; Thomas H. Prol, Esq.; Jonathan Wolfe, Esq.; Sonya Zeigler, Esq.; and Roberta Bennett, Esq. of Bennett and Erdman of Los Angeles. Bennett, a certified family specialist, has been a pioneer in the area of custody/visitation rights and adoptions in Los Angeles County, working with the judiciary to formulate and implement the procedures and forms used for adoptions.

“Coast to Coast: Financial Issues in Divorce” will feature Frank Donahue, Esq., Jay Fishman, FASA/CBA, William J. Morrison, CPA, and Mark Luttrell, CPA/ABV.

Fun in the Sun

Cycling is a popular pastime in Santa Barbara and a relaxing way to peruse the downtown area. The beachfront bike path on Cabrillo Boulevard is a great spot for a leisurely jaunt. For a little more of a challenge, hillside trails await in the Los Padres National Forest.

The Santa Barbara waterfront offers a great place for a stroll among the colorful boats docked at Stearns Wharf. An 1872 landmark, the wharf is home to restaurants, shops and a host of activities. There are charter boat operations, boat rentals, catamaran cruises and sailing for those looking to enjoy the Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands.

Hiking in the Los Padres National Forest is enjoyable year-round, with miles of trails threading through the forest to the Santa Ynez Mountains. From easy walking trails to challenging climbs, there is something for everyone.

Six championship courses can be found in Santa Barbara. La Purisima Golf Course is recognized by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the top public courses in the country. The Rancho San Marcos Golf Course boasts an idyllic setting with spectacular views of Cachuma Lake and the Santa Ynez Valley, and six holes at the Sandpiper are set along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Travel the Countryside

Several NJSBA-sponsored tours are available to help attendees and their guests make the most of their private time as well.

Getty Museum —A full day at the J. Paul Getty Museum offers the opportunity to enjoy memorable works of art, panoramic views and tranquil gardens. Among the collections displayed at the museum are pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and 19th and 20th century American and European photographs. The Getty Center sits on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains. From there, visitors can view the Los Angeles landscape, Pacific Ocean, San Gabriel Mountains and the vast street-grid of the city. The Central Garden, created by renowned artist Robert Irwin, is a 134,000 square-foot design featuring a natural ravine, tree-lined walkway, a stone waterfall and specialty gardens.

Universal Studios —A full day at the newly enhanced Universal Studios brings visitors behind the scenes to the Universal back lot, home of Universal Pictures, and includes tours of so