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


Dec. 1, 2011

Kate Coscarelli

Director Media Relations


Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Leadership Positions

The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Nominating Committee invites members to apply for the following positions, which will be open in May 2012.  Specific criteria apply for various positions, as indicated below.

NJSBA Officers: One-year terms for positions of President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

NJSBA Board of Trustees:  The following trustee positions:

  • County Trustees: One seat each:  Bergen, Burlington, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Salem and Warren (each for a two-year term).  For purposes of being eligible to be a county trustee, at the time of election trustees shall meet one of the following criteria: (1) the county trustee's home is located in the county; (2) the county trustee's office is located in the county; or (3) the county is the county trustee's primary county of practice and he or she is a member of the county bar association.  Article III, 8(d)
  • At-Large Trustees:  Three seats (each for a two-year term). At-Large Trustees shall represent segments of the membership not adequately represented on the Board of Trustees.  Article III, 8(f). This year the seats are open to members of the following under-represented groups, as designated by the Board:  Asian-American, Hispanic, Age Over 70.
  • Section/Committee Trustees:   Three seats (each for a two-year term). Section/Committee Trustees are elected from among the membership of NJSBA Sections and Committees.  Candidates for Section/Committee Trustee must submit an endorsement of at least one sponsoring section or committee, which may have been voted on by the entire section or committee, or by the section or committee’s governing body.  A section or committee may sponsor only one candidate during any nominating cycle, and no more than one Section/Committee Trustee sponsored by any one section or committee may sit on the Board at any one time. Article III, 8(e), Article IV, 2(b)  Sections and committees already represented on the Board, who are precluded this year from sponsoring a candidate, include:  the Women in the Profession Section, the Bylaws Committee, the Dispute Resolution Section, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section, the Family Law Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section.
  •  Young Lawyers Division Trustee:  One seat (for a two-year term). The Young Lawyers Division Trustee must be a member of the Young Lawyers Division.  Article III, 8(c)
  • ABA House of Delegates:  Two seats (each for a two-year term).  The selection of Delegates must be consistent with the constitution, bylaws and rules of the American Bar Association.  Article III, 16.   Delegates must be available to participate in the Annual and Mid-Year Meetings of the ABA.
  • Nominating Committee: Two seats (one for a one-year term and one for a two-year term).  Article IV, 1(i)

Criteria:  The Nominating Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate all candidates interested in any of the available positions:

1.         Adherence to the highest standards of fairness, professional responsibility, civility and professionalism;

2.         The quality of prior service to the organized Bar;

3.         Prior or present leadership positions and degree of effectiveness in these positions;

4.         Dedication, capacity for hard work, and ability to fulfill all relevant duties;

5.         Awareness of the NJSBA’s internal structure, in particular the duties for the position sought;

6.         Demonstrated ability to synthesize and understand extensive information;

7.         Demonstrated common sense, good judgment and the ability to articulate positions intelligently;

8.         Prior service to the New Jersey State Bar Association and its constituent parts;

9.         Prior service to county and specialty bar associations;

10.       Extent of practice in the State of New Jersey;

11.       Geographical balance of the NJSBA leadership,

12.       The goal of bringing into the Association's leadership broad and diverse representation of all segments of the Bar;

13.       Especially for officer positions, demonstrated administrative capability and experience, and recognition and understanding of the essential issues facing the organized Bar, the profession, and capacity to lead in a creative, responsible fashion.


Filing Deadline:  In order for each candidate to qualify for consideration by the Nominating Committee, his or her letter of intention for the elective position sought should be received by the Committee no later than 12 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011. To facilitate a response, we ask that candidates include an email address in letters of intent. All letters should be directed to:

Kathleen N. Fennelly, Esq., Chair, Nominating Committee

New Jersey State Bar Association

New Jersey Law Center

One Constitution Square

New Brunswick, NJ  08901-1520

Attn:  Angela C. Scheck, Executive Director


Deadline for Candidate Questionnaire: Please note that the Nominating Committee has established 12 p.m., on Friday, January 13, 2012 as the deadline for submission of the candidate questionnaire (which will be distributed to all candidates following receipt of letter of intention). 

Please direct any questions to Angela Scheck, Executive Director, at 732-937-7500,