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For Immediate Release

February 25, 2011

Kate Coscarelli

Director, Media Relations

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New Jersey State Bar Association, Foundation Announce New Partnership with NJICLE to Educate Attorneys

New Brunswick -- The New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the state’s three law schools and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education today announced a new continuing legal education partnership. As part of the alliance, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education will become an entity of the Association, without any disruption in programming or the level of services it has provided to the New Jersey bench and bar for almost 50 years.

Prior to this new alliance, the Association, the Foundation, Rutgers University Schools of Law and Seton Hall University School of Law had been joint venturers in the Institute pursuant to an agreement that was last updated in 1987, when the Association, Foundation and ICLE all moved to the Law Center. Under that joint venture agreement, ICLE had been operating as an entity of the State Bar Foundation.

With the implementation of mandatory continuing legal education in New Jersey and other factors, the parties determined the 23-year-old agreement needed to be re-examined. The state’s three law schools, as well as the State Bar Association viewed it as essential to offer continuing legal education seminars to alumni and members, respectively. 

Under the Association’s Mission Statement, adopted in 1992, the provision of educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys is a core charge. The Association’s sections and committees have long worked closely with the Institute to create programming and seminars for the state’s lawyers. That relationship will be enhanced through this new arrangement to provide additional benefits to the Association’s more than 17,000 members and to the legal community at large. The Association will assume administrative responsibility for NJICLE, and the Association and its Institute will also continue to work with the state’s law schools on future programming opportunities. The law schools will also independently offer educational courses to alumni.

“We have been proud to share the New Jersey Law Center with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education for more than two decades and are excited about this new chapter in our history,” said State Bar President Richard H. Steen. “The partnership will result in no discernable change to the lawyers teaching and attending seminars. The Association and Institute will continue to offer attorneys across the state the many valuable opportunities for the critical and high-level educational courses they have come to expect.”

Added Rayman Solomon, dean of Rutgers University School of Law- Camden: “We all believe this new relationship will benefit New Jersey attorneys and lead to new and innovative ways for all of us to work together.”

The recommendation to transition ICLE to the Association came after a blue ribbon committee examined the joint venture partnership at length, including viable alternatives to the 23-year-old structure, and unanimously agreed the Institute should become an entity of the Association. James J. Ferrelli, a State Bar Association trustee, chaired the committee. The committee’s recommendation was recently adopted by all of the joint venture partners. The transfer of the administrative responsibility for the Institute to the Association is expected to take place in the coming months. A committee, which Ferrelli will continue to chair, comprised of staff and board members from the Association, Foundation and the Institute has been appointed to handle the transition.  

“For 50 years the Institute’s core mission has been to provide the New Jersey bench and bar with educational resources that are comprehensive, relevant, timely and affordable,” said William A. Dreier, chairman of the ICLE Board of Trustees. “We look forward to continuing our tradition as the state’s leading provider of continuing legal education under the auspices of the State Bar Association.”