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Association Members Participate in Judicial College

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The NJSBA’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee presented a seminar at the New Jersey Judicial College on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The informative 90-minute program on the new Domestic Partnership Act marks the first time the committee has participated in the three-day annual Judiciary-sponsored forum to educate judges.

“An Update of the New Jersey Domestic Partnership Act,” addressed questions that are being raise or may soon be raised in the Civil and Chancery divisions regarding the Domestic Partnership Act, especially in the family part. Topics covered included same-sex relationship legal formation and dissolution, second-parent adoption, child-rearing and support, and the impact of same-sex relationships in the context of civil litigation.

Led by moderator Daniel Weiss, past co-chair of the committee, the panel included Essex County Judge James S. Rothschild; Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, former Family Law Section chair; Thomas Prol, committee co-chair; and assistant Attorney General Patrick DeAlmeida. Approximately 30 judges were in attendance.

“NJSBA committee and section involvement as faculty at the annual Judicial College goes to the heart of why the association exists,” said Prol. “I am glad to be a part of advancing the NJSBA's mission, including educating others and working to improve our justice system.”

Several other NJSBA members participated in Judicial College seminars as well. Bonnie Blume Goldsamt, Robert E. Margulies, Richard H. Steen and Barbara Weisman took part in a program on mediation. Bonnie C. Frost addressed “Recent Developments in Family Law and Procedure.” Ronald I. LeVine, Cindy K. Miller and Andrew R. Wolf took part in a consumer law update program, and Bernard Freamon and Perry Dane were part of a panel discussion titled “Exploring the Intersections of Religion, Culture and Law.”

The NJSBA has been taking part in the Judicial College since the late 1990s. The first NJSBA-developed seminar was “The Case Management Waltz: Keeping in Step.” Later programs focused on special civil part best practices, the Uniform Probate Code, commercial litigation and trial management standards.

“I recommend that other committees and sections get involved in the Judicial College where they have a specialized knowledge in an area of law that is constantly changing,” said Prol. “The NJSBA sections and committees are made up of many skilled and knowledgeable lawyers. Who better than these folks to talk to the Judicial College attendees about what they are seeing and thinking on these important matters?”

Suggestions for topics that would be of interest to judges and the Administrative Office of the Courts are always welcome. Any NJSBA section or committee interested in submitting a topic for next year’s program should contact Todd Sidor, Director of Judicial Administration, at 732-937-7544 or

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.