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General Council to Elect Nominating Committee Member at Annual Session

The New Jersey State Bar Association General Council will select a new member of the Nominating Committee at its annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Law Center in New Brunswick. A total of three candidates are seeking a seat on the NJSBA committee, which is responsible for the nomination of individuals to officer, trustee and American Bar Association delegate positions.

Candidates for the committee seat include Susan E. Bacso of Burlington County, Gregory T. Farmer of Hudson County, and Amy Shimalla of Somerset County. All three will address the General Council prior to balloting taking place at the meeting.

Susan E. Bacso

Susan E. Bacso is a shareholder in the law firm Parker McCay, and co-chair of the firm’s real estate department. Practicing in the areas of commercial finance, business and corporate law, banking and financial services and commercial real estate, Bacso represents lenders in secured and unsecured commercial financings, as well as individual and corporate clients in a variety of business transactions.

A former delegate to the General Council, she is a member of the NJSBA Banking Law Section. On a county level, she is a former chair of the Mercer County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Committee and a former trustee and chair of that county bar’s Real Estate Section. From 2001-2005 Bacso was a trustee of the Burlington County Bar Association. She also is a member of that bar’s Real Estate, Probate Section.

Bacso is a former member and panel chair of the District VII Ethics Fee Arbitration Committee Panel and a former member of the District III B Ethics Fee Arbitration Committee Panel. She is also a member of the advisory board of Womanspace, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to advocate for services for and assist the needs of women and children in crisis.

Gregory T. Farmer

Gregory T. Farmer is a partner in the law firm of Farmer & Campen, with offices in Union City and Summit. He is certified as a matrimonial law attorney and is a member of the executive committee of the NJSBA’s Family Law Section. His varied practice also includes mediation and municipal practice. He has been appointed corporate counsel for the town of West New York and has served as counsel for municipal agencies in other Hudson County communities.

Farmer served as Hudson County trustee to the NJSBA from 2000 to 2006, and has been named Hudson County Family Lawyer of the Year. In 2004, he received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the Hudson County Bar Association and the NJSBA’s Commission on Professionalism in the Law.

A certified family law mediator, he is an active member of the NJSBA’s Dispute Resolution Section. Farmer is also past chair of the Hudson County Bar Association and currently a trustee of both the county bar association and foundation.

Appointed by the Supreme Court as chair of the board of the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP), he formerly served on the NJSBA’s Lawyers Assistance Program Committee and helped develop LAP into a nationally recognized organization that has assisted countless lawyers with substance abuse and compulsive gambling problems. He also has served the Supreme Court as a member of the District Fee Arbitration Committee and the Model Jury Charge Committee.

Amy Zylman Shimalla

Amy Zylman Shimalla is a partner with Copeland, Shimalla & Wechsler, LLP, in Warren, where she limits her practice to family law and divorce and custody mediation. She is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a matrimonial law attorney and accredited by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators as a divorce and custody mediator.

Shimalla co-founded the custody mediation program in Somerset County and serves as a mediator under the mandatory Economic Mediation Program. She sits on the early settlement panel in Somerset County and is a member of the Somerset County Bar Association Family Law Committee. A former president of the Somerset County Bar Association and former Somerset County trustee to the New Jersey State Bar Association, she is currently a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, a member of the NJSBA Family Law Section Executive Committee and a member of the board of directors of the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section.

The recipient of the 2000 New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law Professional Attorney of the Year Award for Somerset County, Shimalla is a past chair of the District XIII Fee Arbitration Committee and a past member of the District XIII Ethics Committee. She also is past chair of the NJSBA Task Force on Diversity and the NJSBA Women in the Profession Section.

Other Council Matters

In addition to selecting a new Nominating Committee member during its business session, the General Council will hold a luncheon and program. The General Council Executive Committee, co-chaired by Kevin P. McCann and Brian S. Montag, will present a timely and informative program about steps that can be taken to protect law firms and clients from damage or destruction that may occur if a disaster strikes. The program is being developed and presented by the NJSBA’s Task Force on Disaster Planning.

The General Council also may adopt resolutions for consideration by the NJSBA Board of Trustees. The purpose of the General Council is to discuss matters of importance to the organized bar that impact on the practice of law, and to foster dialogue that will enhance the NJSBA’s ability to act on issues of common concern.

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 .

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