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NJSBA Cosponsors Military Purple Event on January 26

NEW BRUNSWICK— In what is being called a “purple event”, all members of the armed services–navy, air force and coast guard blue, and marine and army green–have been invited to attend a free seminar designed for all lawyers who have, or may have clients affected by the mobilization of the National Guard and Reserve.

“Vital Legal Issues Arising from Military Mobilization” will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Law Center in New Brunswick, and is cosponsored by the NJSBA Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. The program coordinator is Col. Frederick W. Klepp, Military Police, U.S. Army, Ret. and current chair of the NJSBA Military Law and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“We have two primary audiences. Reservists and National Guard attorneys will be called upon in their capacity as attorneys in uniform to counsel people at reserve centers and armories,” said Capt. Michael Detzky, JAG Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve. Detzky is the program moderator and vice chair of the NJSBA Military Law and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “The other target is general practitioners and matrimonial attorneys. A spouse and dependents may come into any attorney’s office and raise issues, and a practitioner should know that federal laws exist to address the client’s circumstances,” he said.

To date, more than 55,000 National Guard and reservists have been activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the nation’s response to the September 11 attacks. With three military installations in New Jersey alone, general practitioners and matrimonial attorneys may find clients coming to them with work-related, financial and matrimonial matters, and be unfamiliar with applicable law designed to protect the military.

The program will cover The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940 (SSCRA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA). Federal education benefits such as the Montgomery GI bill, veterans preference in hiring for federal and state civil service employment, Veterans Administration home loans, pensions, disability and medical benefits will also be discussed as part of federal and state entitlements for veterans law.

Hon. Stephen M. Orlofsky, of the United State District Court–Camden, will deliver the keynote presentation. Additional speakers include: Cmdr. Michael Baker, JAG Corps, Naval Reserve; Vincent P. Celli, of Celli & Schlossberg, L.L.C. in Morristown; Capt. Stephen Fireoved, JAG Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve; Alan Groh, N. J. director, U.S. Veteran’s Employment and Training Service, Div. of the U.S. Dept. of Labor; Col. Sanford Rader, JAG Corps, U.S. Air Force, Ret.; Angelo Sarno, of Weinstein, Snyder, Lindemann, P.C. in Roseland; Capt. Sam Wright, JAG Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve, Detzky and Klepp.

“In its history, the NJSBA has never held an event like this before where all branches of the armed services are coming together in a time of crisis. We have common problems and it will be a very exciting day,” said Detzky.

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.