New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release:  May 16, 2011

Contact:  Kate Coscarelli

Director, Media Relations


Hundreds of Attorneys and Judges Gather in Atlantic City New Jersey State Bar Association Holds its Largest-Ever Annual Meeting

For three days this week, the state’s legal community will come together at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention for educational seminars, speeches and networking events. Roughly 1,900 judges, lawyers, law clerks and law students are expected to attend.

            A wide range of prominent legal experts, programs on hot issues such as the current economic crisis, and debate on law and public policy will be at the center of the event. Among the featured speakers during the three-day events are: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Justices Jaynee LaVecchia, Barry T. Albin, and Roberto Rivera-Soto, as well as retired Chief Justice James Zazzali and Justice Peter Verniero. In addition, U.S. District Court for New Jersey Chief Judge Garrett Brown, Attorney General Paula Dow and Public Defender Yvonne Smith Segars will also address attendees.

            The event runs from May 18 to 20 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

            From teaching lawyers how to survive and thrive in a struggling economy, to a frank discussion about diversity in the legal profession, to trends in the legal issues around solar and wind energy, attendees will hear and discuss issues that matter. A blue-ribbon panel will discuss individual rights issues in the 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks and a bench-bar-media panel will explore who is a journalist today.

Reporters are welcome to cover the state bar association’s premiere gathering.


Here are some of the highlights:


New President:

Susan A. Feeney will become head of the state’s largest lawyers group when he is installed as president Thursday. New Jersey Chief Justice Rabner will administer the oath of office.

            “This marks the start of my year of service to you and to the profession and my chance to put my talents to work for you,” Feeney said.

            Feeney said she plans to devote the resources of the state’s largest lawyers group to fostering diversity, encouraging attorneys to do more pro bono service and marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a day of service.


Hot Topics:

            Leading members of the profession will take part in dozens of educational seminars on everything from municipal court to law office management. The challenges of using electronic information in court and ethics are the focus of numerous courses.


State of the Judiciary Speeches:

Chief Justice Rabner and Chief Judge Garrett Brown will deliver remarks about their respective judiciaries Friday morning.


To find out more about the Annual Meeting visit To obtain credentials, contact Kate Coscarelli at 732-937-7548 or