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For Immediate Release:  09/27/10

Contace:  Kate Coscarelli

Director, Media Relations


Lawyers, Judges to Gather at NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting

New Brunswick – Lawyers and judges will gather in a few weeks at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2010 Mid-Year Meeting in Scottsdale.

The state’s largest lawyers group resolved to move forward with this event only after it devoted a great deal of thought and debate to the issues raised by the state’s stringent immigration law.

The decision of the New Jersey State Bar Association to move forward with the conference was, in part, a financial one. More than that, the board of trustees voted to go to Arizona with a resolve that the best way to beat darkness is to shine light on the situation.

“As attorneys, we are trained to advance legal arguments and champion constitutional principles to protect the rights of individuals. We are determined to bring that energy and mission to Arizona,” said New Jersey State Bar President Richard H. Steen.

The Mid-Year Meeting, to be held Nov. 2 through 7, is one of two annual conferences the association holds each year. The other is the Annual Meeting and Conference in Atlantic City in May.

The state bar association has worked to coordinate academics, lawyers, immigration officials and other experts in the field to will hold a series of spotlight seminars at the event on the controversial Arizona legislation and immigration issues, in general.

That symposium will examine racial profiling, in light of New Jersey’s experience and history on the issue with a panel of experts, including a former New Jersey Attorney General. Another session, “How Do We Solve Our Immigration Problems?” will look at how states and the federal government can address pressing immigration issues. In addition to those featured programs, another session will examine the effect of recent immigration legislation on victims of domestic violence.

“These are not easy issues and we vow to devote our efforts to examining how we in the legal field can move the conversation forward,” said Steen.