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Bar Leaders Network To Enhance Leadership And Membership

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association in conjunction with the Association of County Bar Executives will host Bar Leadership Day on Friday, March 21 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Designed to assist the volunteer leaders of state, county and specialty bar associations, attendees for the mini-bar leadership event will include current and incoming officers and trustees of state, county and specialty bar associations as well as county and specialty bar association executives and staff.

Joseph Truncale, president and CEO of the National Association of Printing Leadership will provide the keynote address and the Bar Leadership Day program will include sessions on bar trends, leadership development, communications and indispensable programs. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end with a luncheon.

“Bar Leadership Day is for the benefit of the incoming officers of all county and specialty bars to help them prepare for the years when they will be leaders of their bar association, whether in the coming year or future,” says Jonathan Cowles, executive director of the Middlesex County Bar Association.

“The ABA holds a bar leadership institute for incoming officers to prepare for their year as bar president and our officers who attended in the past derived great benefit from the program. We wanted to bring this to New Jersey by having the state bar work in cooperation with county and specialty bar associations so that future bar leaders could be involved in this exchange of ideas on how to communicate with their members.

From both the county and specialty bar point of view, networking is a very important component of membership. One of our goals for Bar Leadership Day is to provides this opportunity to hear from one another about what’s working and what’s not working.”

Bar Leadership Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and registration. Program sponsors Guaranteed Subpoena, Couch-Braunsdorf and Morgan Stanley will be available to talk with attendees.

NJSBA President Richard J. Badolato will open Bar Leadership Day with a welcome address at 9:30 a.m.

Richard A. DeMichelle Jr. will follow Badolato will a "Bar Trends Mini Presentation" from 9:35 to 9:45 a.m. DeMichelle is chair of the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division and a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Membership Committee. The trend update will include information from the ABA’s 2002 “Pulse of the Profession” report.

NJSBA Trustee Peggy Sheahan Knee will moderate a panel that includes Peter Tu and Rafael Perez on the topic "A Fresh Perspective on Leadership Development."

Following a short break, two concurrent sessions will run from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. "21st Century Communications" will highlight website vehicles and group email/list servs as well as print products. Associations are invited to provide samples of their newsletters and magazines for this presentation. Jeffrey Alderman, executive director of the County County Bar Association, will lead the discussion on the print portion and Jeffrey Bonnell of Michael J. Motto Advertising (MJMI) will handle the web segment.

The second session on "Indispensable Programs" will highlight the educational, mentoring and networking events that bars have found to be effective. Cowles is coordinator of this breakout session with invited panelists from Essex, Mercer, Bergen, Monmouth and Morris counties. Bergen County Bar Association President Charles J. X. Kahwaty will moderate the session.

“There are a number of programming ideas that we’ve gotten from meeting with other bar associations,” says Cowles. “We have a 'Bar Goes Local' program based on an Essex County model. We hold lunch meetings for our members in local areas to bring them up-to-date on county bar activities, arrange networking with colleagues and we also invite local guest speakers such as judges and mayors. If we didn’t talk with our colleagues in Essex County, they never would have been able to share this idea with us. It’s also not a dues revenue, money making event, it’s for our members.”

Another Middlesex County program that Cowles describes is the "Colleagues Program" where 6 to 8 new attorneys are matched with more experienced attorneys for mentoring. “I got this idea from a Tennessee program that I heard about at the Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago. I know that there are many things that we can share with our sister and brother organizations to help them."

At the conclusion of the concurrent session, DeMichele will present "Pulse-Part II" of his presentation on bar trends.

Keynote speaker Joseph Truncale is then slated to speak before lunch. Truncale’s duties as president and CEO of the National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) include oversight of all operating departments, volunteer leadership development and NAPL’s strategic plan and budget. He is responsible for NAPL’s participation at major industry trade shows, direct mail promotions including the association’s resource directory and the establishment of NAPL’s Telemarketing Department. Truncale is recognized as a leading strategic planning facilitator with a list of clients that spans the printing and association industries.

Active in association-related activities, Truncale is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and served as president of the New Jersey Society of Association Executives. He is a recipient of their Executive of the Year Award.

“Associations want to diversify and get all of the various groups involved,” says Cowles. Whether it’s minority groups or practice groups—corporate counsel, real estate or municipal court practitioners—diversity encompasses more than just women and minorities. We’re all in this thing together. We all come away from these bar leadership events with a few good ideas to make our organization better and to offer our members a little bit more.”

If interested in attending Bar Leadership Day, please contact the NJSBA Meetings Department at 732-249-5000. The cost of $15 includes conference materials, continental breakfast and luncheon.

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.