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

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

 Sr. Director, Communications


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 2,200 judges, lawyers, law clerks and law students are expected to attend.


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 event are: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner; Justices Barry T. Albin, Anne Patterson and Helen Hoens, and retired Justices Virginia Long and Roberto Rivera-Soto. U.S. District Court for New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome Simandle, and Judge Freda Wolfson will also address attendees.


The event runs from May 16 to 18 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

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


Here are some of the highlights:


New President:

Kevin P. McCann will be sworn in for a one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association Thursday. He is the 114th president of the organization and the first from Bridgeton in a century. He is a co-founder of Chance & McCann in Bridgeton.


McCann said he will dedicate himself to promoting diversity in the profession, the necessity of having an independent Judiciary, and other cornerstone goals of the association. In addition, he outlined plans to take legislative advocacy to a higher level and to launch an educational project aimed at teaching civics to adults.


“I vow to spend the next year ensuring this association remains the leading voice of the profession in Trenton, and enhancing public awareness of the legal profession and legal system through public service and civics education,” McCann said. “Fulfilling these goals is what I promise as president of this association.”


Hot Topics:

From teaching lawyers how to survive and thrive in a struggling economy, to trends in the legal issues around solar and wind energy to an inside look at one of the most flamboyant political corruption scandals in recent history told in the book “The Jersey Sting,” attendees will hear about and discuss issues that matter. A blue-ribbon panel will discuss the ethical obligation attorneys have to provide service to those who cannot afford legal help, and some of the most experienced attorneys and judges in the state will discuss how to handle difficult clients.


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 Simandle will deliver remarks about their respective judiciaries Friday morning, beginning at 9 a.m.


By the Numbers

2012 Annual Meeting and Convention By The Numbers



number of casino chips imprinted with the association’s logo



number of attorneys, judges, law clerks and law students registered to attend



seminars offered



continuing legal education credits a single person can earn



social and networking events



current and former Supreme Court justices making presentations



new president, Kevin P. McCann