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Excitement builds for Annual Meeting 2007

The NJSBA’s Annual Meeting at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City promises to be the most exciting and informative annual conference yet. Three days of nearly 50 substantive programs will be presented by a host of outstanding guest speakers, including New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice James R. Zazzali and U.S. District Court Chief Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr. Most Annual Meeting sessions are cosponsored with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and offer CLE credit. The conference will be held from May 16–18, 2007.

Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie are featured panelists for the gang violence seminar titled “From Wannabees to Youth Offenders: How Gangs are Permeating New Jersey Communities and What Intervention Efforts Can Stem the Violence.” Cosponsored by the NJSBA and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, panelists will discuss the problem, its impact on New Jersey communities, law enforcement responses, and prevention efforts.

Two spotlight sessions will be of particular interest to employment law and school board attorneys. “Hostile Education Environment-the Supreme Court’s Decision in L.W. v. Toms River Regional Schools: Is School Bullying Really a Problem That Can Be Addressed by the NJ Law Against Discrimination?” will explore the Court’s groundbreaking decision in L.W. v. Toms River, considered the first case in which a state’s anti-discrimination law was used to assess liability against a public school district for student-on-student harassment. The Hon. Naomi Earp, chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will be among the panelists for “The Glass Ceiling Has Finally Been Broken! (Or Has It?), a seminar that will focus on the issues surrounding pay disparities and equal employment opportunities for women and racial minorities to determine whether or not the glass ceiling still exists.

Former Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz will be on the panel for, “From Muddy Track to Fast Track,” a discussion centering on the challenges faced by women and minority women lawyers. Lauren Stiller Rikleen, author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law, also will be a featured speaker at the session, which will include a book signing.

In 2003, New York Times columnist Lisa Belkin coined the phrase “opt out revolution” to describe decisions often made by women to leave the paid workforce for full-time care of their children. Belkin will lead the panel discussion titled “Is Opting Out Really the Only Way to Balance Your Life?”,

Annual Meeting 2007 also will boast a special event on online marketing. “Becoming a Virtual Rainmaker” is the next seminar in the series presented by popular presenter Stephen Fairley of Today’s Leadership Coaching. Over the last two years, Fairley has presented rainmaker seminars to standing-room-only crowds at the New Jersey Law Center, and he is bringing his new seminar on online technologies to the NJSBA Annual Meeting.

“Becoming a Virtual Rainmaker” will teach attendees how to use online technologies to capitalize on law firm marketing. Full details are available by visiting, and selecting the Becoming a Virtual Rainmaker button. Only online registration is available for this seminar. All rainmaker seminar attendees must register for the NJSBA Annual Meeting and pay a separate registration fee in addition to the rainmaker seminar fee. Individuals who only attend the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, pay half the single-day registration fee.

The New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators will present programs on “Best Marketing Practices for Law Firms,” and “E-Discovery and Metadata-Content Security Risks.” The “NJSBA Marketing Solutions” program rounds out the Wednesday sessions of interest to legal administrators.

And don’t forget the ticketed events: A reception in honor of Lynn Fontaine Newsome is being sponsored by the Family Law Section on Wednesday. The Diversity Committee will hold the Ninth Annual Diversity Committee Luncheon and present the Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award on Thursday. Thursday evening will feature the Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers. The Labor and Employment Law Section and Public Utility Law Section will hold their annual luncheons, with the Labor and Employment featured event titled “Reprise: Labor Jeopardy.”

The Young Lawyers Division will sponsor their Annual Meeting community service projects, the Law Day Poster Contest and Career Clothing Drive. Stop by the YLD booth to cast your vote for the poster contest entries on the Law Day 2007 theme, “Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.” Gently used men’s and women’s clothing donations will be accepted for the Hire Attire Boutique in New Brunswick, an organization that works with individuals needing assistance to re-enter the workforce.

Visit and select the Annual Meeting button on the home page for full details and to register.