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September Program Promises to Demystify Route to Judicial Career

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, along with several co-sponsors, will offer attorneys interested in a judicial career the opportunity to learn about the bench and how to reach it at a special program slated for late September. “Pathways to the Bench: Demystifying the Route to a Judicial Career” will be held on Sept. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Among the panelists will be several judges, legislators and political leaders.

“Everyone on the panel is either a part of the process or has been through the process,” said Desha Jackson, Diversity Committee co-chair.

Panelists will include: Senator John Adler, chair of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee; David P. Anderson Jr., director of the Office of Professional and Governmental Services, Administrative Office of the Courts; Hon. Wendel E. Daniels, New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Criminal Part, Ocean County; Steven M. Greenberg, chair of U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg’s Judicial Selection Committee; Senator Joseph M. Kryillos, member of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee; Stuart Rabner, chief counsel, Office of the Governor; Hon. Lourdes I. Santiago, New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part, Hudson County; Karol Corbin Walker, NJSBA past president, St. John & Wayne LLC; and Hon. Freda L. Wolfson, United States District Court, District of New Jersey. The moderator for the event will be Raymond M. Brown, of Brown and Brown, an anchor at Court TV and host of the Emmy Award-winning program “Due Process.”

The discussion is designed to demystify the judicial process and answer key questions, including:

How does an attorney get an appointment questionnaire sent to him or her?

What role do the senators play in the process?

Is the federal system the same as the state system?

How can someone be considered for a position as a federal district court judge or magistrate?

What are the criteria to becoming a county prosecutor?

Is party affiliation important, and if so, why?

“We hope that the program will open the doors for minority and female attorneys by giving them the necessary information they need to begin the judicial process,” explained Jackson. “Furthermore, we hope other senators will attend and meet lawyers who may be interested in becoming a judge or prosecutor.”

In addition to the Diversity Committee, the program’s New Jersey State Bar Association co-sponsors include the Diversity Pipeline Task Force, the Minorities in the Profession Section, the Women in the Profession Section, the Young Lawyers Division, the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee. Additional co-sponsors include the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, the Caribbean Bar Association, the Garden State Bar Association, the Korean-American Bar Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the South Asian Bar Association, the Association of Black Women Lawyers and the Hispanic Bar Association.

Online registration is available using the Meetings Calendar of the NJSBA website. Or, contact the NJSBA Meetings Department at 732-249-5000 for a brochure and registration form.

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.