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General Barry R. McCaffrey to deliver keynote at Annual Meeting 2005

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association invites its members and all New Jersey attorneys to attend Annual Meeting 2005 from May 18—20 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Three days of events featuring nationally recognized speakers and leaders in the New Jersey legal arena are planned for the NJSBA’s signature annual conference. Attend Annual Meeting 2005 for cutting-edge educational seminars cosponsored with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the opportunity to make connections with the right people and interact with colleagues.

The NJSBA is sending out information to members on Annual Meeting 2005. Look for a Program Preview in your mail over the next few weeks. Or, you can register today online at, select Meetings Calendar, and then annual meeting.

Keynote Speaker

The NJSBA will welcome General Barry R. McCaffrey as keynote speaker for Annual Meeting 2005 during the Opening Business Session scheduled for the morning of Thursday, May 19. McCaffrey is the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

McCaffrey served as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) following his confirmation to the position by unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate in February 1996. He also served as a member of the president’s Cabinet and the National Security Council for drug-related issues. As ONDCP director, McCaffrey coordinated the $19 billion federal drug control budget and developed the US National Drug Control Strategy. He stepped down as director of the ONDCP in January 2001.

McCaffrey also served as the assistant to General Colin Powell and supported the chairman as the Joint Chiefs of Staff advisor to the Secretary of State and the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

In October 2004, McCaffrey was elected by the board of directors of HNTB Corporation to serve as the board chairman of a newly formed subordinate company, HNTB Federal Services. HNTB is a preeminent US engineering and architectural design firm with net revenue of $500 million and 3000 employees.

McCaffrey is also president of his own consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. He serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News and writes a column on national security issues for the Armed Forces Journal.

Active in national affairs, McCaffrey recently co-chaired the Atlantic Council of the United States NATO Counterterrorism Working Group, leading a delegation to Moscow, Mons, Brussels and Warsaw. In January 2004, he visited Iraq to conduct a nationwide evaluation of the security situation. In 2004, he addressed the “Security of the Americas Conference” in Mexico City. While in Mexico City, he met with senior officials of the Mexican government. In April 2004, McCaffrey and Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) jointly released the CSIS Bi-National Commission Reports on Migration and Border Security. In August 2004, McCaffrey visited Afghanistan and Pakistan to conduct a political-military assessment. In February 2002, McCaffrey visited Cuba and participated in a small group session with Fidel and Raul Castro discussing US-Cuba policies.

Prior to confirmation as the National Drug Policy director, McCaffrey served as the commander-in-chief of the US Armed Forces Southern Command coordinating national security operations in Latin America. During his military career, he served overseas for thirteen years and completed four combat tours. He commanded the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) during the Desert Storm 400-kilometer left-hook attack into Iraq. At retirement from active duty, he was the most highly decorated four-star general in the US Army. He received the Distinguished Service Cross twice, the nation’s second highest medal for valor. He was also awarded two Silver Stars and received three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat.

McCaffrey has been elected to the board of directors of the Phoenix House Foundation, CRC Health Corporation, McNeil Technologies, the Wornick Company and the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an associate of the Inter-American Dialogue, a principal for the Council on Excellence in Government, a member of the CSIS US-Mexico Bi-National Council, chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center Advisory Board and a senior executive associate for Army Aviation Association of America.

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.