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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/14/02
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NJSBA Hosts Fellow Bar Leaders At Mid-Atlantic Conference

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) welcomed east coast bar leaders on Oct. 10 through the 12 as host of the Mid-Atlantic Bar Conference held at the Nassau Inn in Princeton.

“The meeting is special because its allows the mid-Atlantic states, which have a similar membership base and similar problems to discuss common issues,” said NJSBA President Richard J. Badolato. “We work together to develop solutions that enable bar associations to be more receptive to member needs.”

The mid-Atlantic is one of several geographic regions created by the American Bar Association (ABA) as a way of grouping bar associations for organizational purposes.

Representatives of the Delaware, Maryland and New York State Bar Associations, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar joined their NJSBA hosts for social and business functions during the three-day conference. “In addition to the substantive plans, we arranged social gatherings to show New Jersey culture to our constituents,” he said.

The event opened on Thursday afternoon with a tour of the Grounds for Sculpture, a 35-acre sculpture park and museum that organizes changing exhibitions of contemporary sculpture by American and internationally renowned artists working in a wide range of media. Grounds for Sculpture is located on a site that was formerly part of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton. Chief Justice Deborah Poritz delivered welcome remarks at dinner after the tour and Administrative Director Richard Williams also attended.

On Friday morning, the District of Columbia Bar and New York State Bar Association held a joint program on “Access to Justice” that was followed by a discussion on “Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA)” by the Maryland State Bar Association. A presentation on “Insurance Benefits for Members” was conducted by the NJSBA and the day’s meetings concluded with a discussion of “Bar/Legislative Relations” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

On Friday evening, attendees had dinner at Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey.

Saturday morning began with a Delaware State Bar Association program on “File Retention and Disposal Guidelines.” All the bar associations worked together in a final exchange on two of the hottest topics facing practitioners nationwide, multi-jurisdictional practice and Ethics 2000.

“It was a personal thrill and honor to host the mid-Atlantic states meeting because it’s only once every five years in October that we have this opportunity,” said Badolato. “We were especially privileged that the Governor opened his home to us for our Friday evening dinner.”

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.

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