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Annual Meeting Preview Points to a Memorable May Event

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Make one of the first things noted on your new 2007 calendar the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, slated for May 16-18 in Atlantic City. This year the NJSBA moves its premiere educational, networking and social event to the fabulous Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

The NJSBA is the state’s leading provider of career-enhancing programming for the legal profession and the Annual Meeting provides a once-a-year opportunity to network with colleagues from throughout the state, attend the association’s annual Bench Bar Conference, hear the States of the Judiciaries report and attend outstanding educational seminars with top legal experts. Programs cosponsored with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education offer CLE credit as well.

In addition to the fifth annual Bench Bar Conference, which provides a forum for jurists to address current matters involving the courts and for attorneys to discuss issues of concern with members of the bench, and the States of the Judiciaries, the NJSBA already has numerous programs in place for attendees.

Program Preview

The Animal Law Committee will sponsor “Animals in Trusts, Divorce, and Housing Law,” a seminar teaching basic principles on how to draft binding trusts and wills for clients concerned with providing for their pets after death; negotiate custody battles involving pets; and provide legal tips and guidelines on how to proceed when a client is being threatened with eviction for having a companion animal, and/or having difficulty finding housing because of their animals.

The Diversity Committee and Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee will cosponsor “Lewis v. Harris: How Far the Sky Fell,” a presentation and panel discussion on the New Jersey Supreme Court decision providing gay men and lesbians with equal marriage rights.

The Dispute Resolution Section will sponsor “Selecting an ADR Neutral,” addressing where to find and how to choose a neutral. The section also will sponsor “Counseling Clients in Mediations,” offering tools and techniques for lawyers to more effectively represent and counsel their clients in mediations; “Negotiating with Insurance Adjusters,” covering preparation for negotiation, identification and roles of the different parties, the unique aspects of first-party insurance negotiations, and the use of structured settlements in insurance negotiations; and “The Online Dispute Resolution—The Next Big Thing,” a primer for general practice lawyers on effectively representing their clients in an online dispute resolution environment.

The Family Law Section will sponsor several programs, which are still in development, as well as “Custody Conversations—Fun with Dick and Jane,” a series of skits and a panel discussion of the dos and don’ts and ins and outs of typical conversations in custody litigation. The panel will consist of mental health professionals, judges and family law attorneys.

The Labor and Employment Law Section will sponsor “Legal Issues Affecting Bargaining in the Corzine Era,” a discussion of the legal practice issues facing lawyers and negotiators for labor and management in the current environment.

The Malpractice Insurance Committee and Family Law Section will cosponsor “Recent Changes in Legal Malpractice and its Effect Upon Malpractice Insurance,” which will address recent decisions that affect the practice of law in New Jersey. The spotlight case will be the Pruder v. Bechtel matter, which concerns matrimonial practice.

The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section will sponsor “Chancery Litigation,” during which a former Chancery Division judge now in the Appellate Division, a sitting Chancery Division judge and Chancery Division litigators will discuss procedures, new case law and statutes affecting probate and civil matters in the chancery court.

The Equity Jurisprudence Committee will sponsor “10 Things Not to Do in Handling a Matter Before the Chancery Division,” providing useful and practical advice, directly from the perspective of several chancery judges, regarding handling matters that typically come before the Chancery Division.

The Insurance Law Section and Health and Hospital Law Section will cosponsor “Health and Insurance Reform Legislation,” addressing changes expected in both areas in the near future. Topics may include privacy/Internet and Smart Transportation Systems.

The School Law Committee will sponsor “School Law—2007,” an update on student discipline, ethics, student residency and related matters.

The Senior Lawyers Committee will sponsor “Identity Theft, Senior Citizens Frauds and Nursing Home Abuse.”

The Municipal Court Practice Section, General Practice Section, Criminal Law Section and Young Lawyers Division will cosponsor “Recent DWI, Drug and Criminal Cases and the New Alcotest Breath Machine.

The Pipeline Diversity Task Force, the Young Lawyers Division, the Minorities in the Profession Section, the Women in the Profession Section, the Diversity Committee, the Association of Black Women Lawyers and the Hispanic Bar Association will cosponsor a moderated panel discussion titled “Women and Minority Women Lawyers—Careers, Quality of Life, Advancement.”

Ticketed Events

Ticketed events will include the ninth annual Diversity Committee Luncheon, featuring the presentation of the Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award; the Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers, where Lynn Fontaine Newsome will be installed as the 2007 NJSBA president; and the Labor and Employment Law Section Luncheon.

Check Your Mail

Additional information and registration details will be arriving in NJSBA members’ mailboxes in the coming weeks. The association’s website, at, also will offer additional information and registration forms at that time.

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.