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Fourth Annual Bench Bar and Top Speakers Slated for NJSBA Annual Meeting 2006

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Annual Meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association will be held May 17 – 19 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and will feature top jurists and attorneys from New Jersey’s bench and bar among the panelists and speakers at educational programs. Kicking off the Annual Meeting will be the Opening Business Session on the morning of May 18 with keynote speaker Mike Eruzione, a powerful motivational speaker who in 1980 led the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal win in Lake Placid, NY.

The Annual Meeting is also the forum for the installation of the 2006-2007 NJSBA President. Wayne J. Positan will take the oath of office as the 108th President of the New Jersey State Bar Association at the Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers on May 18.

The association’s annual conference will host the Fourth Annual Bench Bar on Friday, May 19, an event that in 2005 saw 205 New Jersey judges and court staff in attendance resulting in the NJSBA’s best-ever Bench Bar Conference. In 2006, the association is raising the bar even higher and will be presenting programs in the areas of civil, criminal, family, federal and municipal court practice. Administrative Director of the Courts Philip S. Carchman, and New Jersey Supreme Court Associates Justices James R. Zazzali and Roberto Rivera-Soto are among the panelists for these sessions.

The States of the Judiciaries, another popular mainstay of the NJSBA Annual Meeting since 2003, will be held prior to the Bench Bar on the morning of Friday, May 19. New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz will present her final State of the Judiciary address to the assemblage and the report on the federal courts will be delivered by U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle.

The Diversity Committee of the NJSBA will present its Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award to Attorney General Zulima Farber on Thursday, May 18 at the group’s eighth annual luncheon. This ticketed event will be followed by the committee’s program, “Garden State Variety: Diversity and the Business of Law–Perfect Together!” where the Attorney General will be a featured panelist.

Another featured speaker at the conference will be A.J. Sabath, Chief-of-Staff to Senator Richard J. Codey and former New Jersey Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. Sabath will participate in the Friday morning Labor and Employment Law Section program, “The Corzine Era: A New Chapter in New Jersey Labor-Management Relations?”

The Law Office Management Committee will be presenting business solutions and client-attracting programs at the Annual Meeting including “Keep Opening More Files: Finding A Niche and Exploiting It,” “Technology: The Paperless Law Office by November 31, 2006” and “You Can’t Do It All…Buy Inexpensive Experts and Outsource Critical Management Tasks You Don’t Have Time To Do.” The Internet and Computer Law Committee session, “Voice Over Internet Protocol or VoIP,” is another program of interest to a broad cross-section of practitioners.

The NJSBA Pro Bono Award and Young Lawyers Division Awards will also be presented during Thursday morning’s Opening Business Session, a prestigious event where the NJSBA recognizes the stars among its membership.

For full details and a listing of programs, and special, networking and ticketed events for Annual Meeting 2006, visit and select Annual Meeting. On-site registration is available for the entire meeting and single-day attendees. Or call the Meetings Department today at 732-249-5000.

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.