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

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director of Communications


Individual rights, diversity, developments in Trenton, and appellate advocacy on tap tomorrow at New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting

Atlantic City – New Jersey Supreme Court justices, state legislators, and top legal experts will gather tomorrow, May 16, at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City.


With thousands of lawyers and judges in attendance, the event is the premiere annual gathering of the state’s legal community. It began today and continues through Friday.


Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover the event.


Thursday’s highlights:

Seminars showcase hot topics:


From renewable energy and clean technology trends to embezzlement to a look at recognizing and addressing gender bias related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and clients, Thursday’s educational seminars showcase the developments and issues that matter most. Among the day’s featured speakers are Supreme Court justices, judges, legislators and high-profile lawyers.


Other programs include:

·      An Overview of the Open Public Records Act

·      Handling the High Profile Case

·      Inside Trenton

·      Supreme Court Year in Review -- featuring several members of the Court.

·      The day’s Presidential Spotlight program is: “How the Courts Failed Germany,” where United States Holocaust Museum historian Dr. William Meinecke will discuss the lessons learned from the lack of judicial independence leading up to the Holocaust, including the role of judges and lawyer in enabling the Hitler regime to come to power and set the stage for the atrocities of the Holocaust.


Officers sworn-in:


A new slate of officers will be installed to lead the association’s executive committee. Ralph J. Lamparello will be sworn in for a one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association Thursday. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will administer the oath of office. The event begins at 7 p.m.


Lamparello, of Chasan Leyner & Lamparello PC, of Secaucus, is the 115th president of the state’s largest lawyers group, which is the professional home to over 18,000 members. He is the first state bar association president from Hudson County in 40 years.


“When I think about what led to my involvement in the state bar association, I know it is a core value that we all share: an abiding commitment to the legal profession, and a belief in the intrinsic and historic value of our profession to society.”


In addition to Lamparello, Paris P. Eliades, of Sparta, will become president-elect; Miles S. Winder III, of Bernardsville, will become first vice president; Robert B. Hille, of Morristown, will become treasurer; and John E. Keefe Jr., of Red Bank, will become secretary.


Coming Friday:

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court of New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome Simandle will deliver State-of-the-Judiciary speeches at 9 a.m. Justice Barry T. Albin will also speak on the importance of an independent Judiciary. Following the remarks is “Justice at Stake” a panel to examine the causes, effects and ways to address the political intimidation targeting the Judiciary.


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