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Meet the New NJSBA Trustees
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—At the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, five new trustees joined the association’s board as part of the installation of officers and trustees ceremony held during the annual dinner on May 19 at Bally’s Atlantic City.
The new trustees are Cape May County Trustee Joanne D. Kay, Ocean County Trustee Eli L. Eytan, At-Large Trustee Desha Lang Jackson, Young Lawyers Division Trustee Domenick C. Stampone and New Jersey State Bar Foundation Second Vice President Mary Ellen Tully.
Following the swearing in of the NJSBA president and executive committee, the new trustees completed the changing of the guard to succeed Julius N. Konschak of Cape May County, John J. DeVincens of Ocean County, At-Large Trustee Deirdre Webster Cobb, YLD Trustee Richard A. DeMichele Jr. and outgoing Bar Foundation President Lisa James-Beavers.
Joanne D. Kay
A resident of Wildwood Crest, Joanne D. Kay is a partner in the Wildwood law firm of Kay & Kay. An NJSBA member for 16 years, Kay served as the Cape May County representative on the association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee (JPAC) from November 2000 to May 2005. In 1997 to 2000, she served on the District I Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
In September 2005, Kay will become president-elect of the New Jersey Association of County Welfare Attorneys where she will serve in that capacity until September 2007.
Kay is a former president of the Cape May County Bar Association. She founded the county bar association’s Cape Mediation Services and served as founding director from 1992 to 1997.
Kay was a member of the board of directors of Cape Counseling Services from 1981 to 1989, and from 1994 to 1999, she served as president and chair for the organization.
Within her community, Kay has been a member of the Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary TWIGS since 1978. She also serves on the board of directors of the Cape Savings Bank.
Eli L. Eytan
Toms River attorney and resident Eli L. Eytan has been a member of the NJSBA for 22 years. He is a former chair of the association’s Appellate Practice Committee and Meetings, Arrangements and Program Committee. He also served as a member of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine editorial board.
Eytan is second vice president of the Ocean County Bar Association and a member of the Ocean County Civil Practice Committee. A former chair of the county bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law and Membership Committees, he also served as county Mock Trial coordinator.
A former member of the Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee and the District IIIA Ethics Committee, Eytan is a past president of Ocean/Monmouth Legal Services and formerly served as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation Law and Related-Education Committee. He is a lecturer for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and a contributor to West’s New Jersey Practice series.
Eytan also served as president of the Friends of the Brick Library, as Dover Township environmental commissioner, as treasurer of the Solomon Schecter Academy, and as a board member of other community institutions.
Eytan is a general practitioner with a concentration in appellate practice at DeVincens & Associates in Toms River. He is a former Superior Court, Appellate Division staff attorney and an editor of the New Jersey Appellate Practice Handbook, 3rd Edition, with 17 reported opinions.
Desha Lang Jackson
Lakewood resident and Office of State Police Affairs Deputy Director Desha Lang Jackson has been an NJSBA member for eight years and was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2002. She served as chair of the Task Force on Diversity from 2001 to 2003, and under Jackson’s steerage, the NJSBA board of trustees elevated the task force to standing committee status. In June 2003, the task force was renamed the Standing Committee on Diversity, and Jackson currently shares co-chair responsibilities of the committee with two other NJSBA members.
Jackson is active in many NJSBA entities including service on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee since 2002 and as General Council Executive Committee parliamentarian from 2000 to 2002. Jackson also served the Young Lawyers Division as a member of the executive board, as secretary in 1999-2000, and as chair of the Diversity in the Profession Committee of the YLD from 1997 to 2005. She is a member of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee and also served on the Centennial Committee in 1998.
Jackson is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation board of trustees and also serves on the foundation’s Tolerance Subcommittee.
Jackson is completing a two-year term as president of the Association of Black Women Lawyers (ABWL). She served as the organization’s vice-president from 2001 to 2003, and was a co-chair of the 25th Anniversary Summit.
Jackson serves on the Subcommittee for Minority Participation of the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Ocean County College Educational Opportunity Fund Advisory Board.
Domenick C. Stampone
North Haledon attorney and Haledon resident Domenick C. Stampone served as chair of the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division in 2004-2005 and as the NJSBA’s YLD representative to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Council in 2001-2003. He served as president of the Hudson County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 2001.
Stampone is a councilman for the Passaic County Borough of Haledon for the 2004-2007 term. He is the president of the William Paterson University Alumni Association and a director of the William Paterson University Foundation board of directors. In 1992-1996, he served as a trustee of the Manchester Regional High School Board of Education.
Stampone is the criminal justice coordinator and an instructor on criminal justice at Raritan Valley Community College. In addition, he is Of Counsel at the Law Office of Vincenzo Stampone, Esq. in North Haledon.
Stampone is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.
Mary Ellen Tully
Basking Ridge resident Mary Ellen Tully is second vice president of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting law-related education and giving all New Jersey residents a basic understanding of the legal system.
A partner with the law firm of Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster in West Orange, Tully handles general civil, commercial and bankruptcy matters in federal, bankruptcy and state courts.
Tully has served on the foundation board of trustees since 1995 and is past chair of its Law-Related Education Committee. She also serves on the foundation’s Program Development Committee and Personnel Committee. Tully is a former member of the board of trustees of the Essex County Bar Association and chair of its Debtor/Creditor Committee as well as its Law Day Programs Committee. She is also a former master and assistant director of the American Bankruptcy Inn of Court, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee and a certified mediator for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.
A former president of the Essex Women Lawyers Association, Tully also served as a member of its board of trustees. Tully is a recipient of the 1995 Essex County Bar Association Pro Bono Achievement Award, the 2001 Hyacinth AIDS Foundation Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and the 2003 Essex County Volunteer Lawyer for Justice Award for Outstanding Volunteer Services.
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