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Bench Bar Tops 2005 Annual Meeting Events

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The NJSBA Annual Meeting 2005 is right around the corner, May 18–20, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Register today and don’t miss out on the all-encompassing educational programming that is beneficial to solo, small, mid-sized and large law firms in New Jersey. Most programs are cosponsored with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and offer CLE credit. Visit and select the Annual Meeting button to view a complete schedule and to download the meeting and hotel registration forms.

An exciting annual gathering is planned from start to finish, beginning with the Annual Meeting 2005 keynote address to be delivered by General Barry R. McCaffrey, the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at West Point, at Thursday morning’s Opening Business Session. General McCaffrey served as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from February 1996 to January 2001.

Bench Bar and States of the Judiciaries

On Friday, May 20, an insightful and dynamic Annual Meeting Bench Bar program will feature New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division jurists, and the administrative director of the New Jersey courts. Among the panelists are Supreme Court Associate Justices Virginia Long and Jaynee LaVecchia, Appellate Division Judge Robert A. Fall, Assignment Judges Graham T. Ross and Lawrence M. Lawson, Superior Court Judges John J. Coyle Jr. and Thomas S. Smith Jr., Presiding Judges of the Municipal Courts Joan Robinson Gross and Frank Zinna, and AOC Administrative Director Philip Carchman.

This annual forum for judges and attorneys to discuss important developments, issues involving judicial administration, best practices and other hot topics will feature seminars on civil trial, criminal law, family law and municipal court practice.

States of the Judiciaries, the NJSBA’s annual report from the state and federal courts, will be presented by NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz and U.S. District Court Chief Judge John W. Bissell on Friday as well.

Nearly 20 percent of the New Jersey judiciary will either be program participants or will be attending Annual Meeting 2005, demonstrating strong support of the NJSBA Annual Meeting by the courts.

Annual Meeting Seminars

Keys to Networking for Attorneys, Hot Tips for Litigators and Hot Topics in New Jersey Law are Thursday programs of interest to all lawyers. On Friday, Powerful Writing Tips for Practitioners and What is a Mission Statement and Why Do I Need One will provide useful information to attorneys of all ages and practice specialties as well.

Attend programs on the fundamentals and complexities of appellate practice, recent cases and trends in automobile insurance, cases and challenges regarding the humane care of animals, and techniques for solos and small firms on litigating a big case.

Trial lawyers can hear about how to effectively use the Open Public Records Act and school law attorneys will get an update on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Programs for family law attorneys include a session on fees and another on understanding the family in family practice.

There are programs on electronic PIP arbitration, estate and gift tax planning for resident and non-resident aliens, and a presentation on the sweeping changes to the New Jersey Probate Code.

A hot topics program on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights law will provide an update on same-sex marriage litigation, the Domestic Partnership Act, immigration and tax issues, estate planning, Lavender Law special interests, and more.

Additionally on Thursday, attendees can attend sessions on class actions, chancery law, mediation and using technology effectively.

In addition to the bench bar and judiciary report, Friday programs will cover workers’ compensation topics, labor management relations, federal practice, crisis management and using the web to expand a law practice. Legal malpractice case law, intellectual property topics, election law, immigrant protection rights’ strategies and a municipal court symposium round out the Friday programs.

Networking and Social Events

As with each annual meeting, there are events included with the meeting registration such as the Official Opening of the Exhibit Hall and Welcome Reception Buffet Dinner on Wednesday evening, the Treasure Card prize drawing, and Thursday and Friday continental breakfasts and buffet luncheons.

Brooklyn Law School will host a special reception in recognition of alumnus Stuart A. Hoberman, Esq. for alumni and invited guests on the occasion of his installation as NJSBA president. Rutgers School of Law – Newark and Camden, Seton Hall University School of Law and Widener University School of Law will host receptions on Thursday evening for alumni and invited guests.

Join the Young Lawyers Division on Thursday for a casual reception featuring the music of Matt Portella (Matthew V. Portella, Esq.). The YLD Hospitality Suite will be open to all members, guests and exhibitors. Meet the new YLD leadership and find out about the many social and networking events planned for the coming months.

The events where tickets must be purchased include the gala Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers where Stuart A. Hoberman, Esq. will be installed as NJSBA President.

Tickets are also available for the Diversity Committee Seventh Annual Luncheon where The Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award will be presented to Hon. Joseph H. Rodriguez, United States District Court Senior Judge and former NJSBA President (1978-1979). Judge Rodriguez will also deliver the keynote address at this Diversity Committee event.

A special luncheon of the Business and Banking Law Sections in honor of Stuart Hoberman and the annual Labor and Employment Law Section luncheon are also on the Friday ticketed events calendar.

Special Events

The special events on the program include a wine tasting and program on Thursday where annual meeting attendees can sample wines from around the world under the guidance of wine connoisseur and NJSBA member James D. Hamilton Jr., Esq. Author of a wine and food column for The Barrister, Hamilton travels worldwide on his quest for the best of the fragrant grape.

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Career Clothing Drive at the YLD Booth in the exhibit hall. Contributions of gently used men's and women's professional clothing and accessories will be donated to the Hire Attire Boutique of New Brunswick, NJ, an organization that works with individuals needing assistance to re-enter the work force.

Financial contributions to the Hire Attire Boutique will also be accepted. Clothing and monetary donations may also be brought to the YLD's Hospitality Suite on Thursday evening, May 19 after 4 p.m. No donations will be accepted on Friday, May 20.

Bring donations to the annual meeting and support the YLD in this worthwhile community service project.

Participate in the judging of entries for the Young Lawyers Division Law Day Poster Contest at the YLD Booth in the exhibit hall. Vote on your favorite poster and work with the YLD to select the winner. The theme for Law Day 2005 is "The American Jury: We the People in Action."

Register today for Annual Meeting 2005 and plan to join your colleagues at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s premiere annual conference.

Visit the web at and select the Annual Meeting button for full details and to register. You can also call the NJSBA Meetings Department 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.