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

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


NJICLE honors attorneys and judges for CLE contributions

NEW BRUNSWICK -- Two jurists and a trio of attorneys were honored this week for their contributions to excellence in continuing legal education.

The New Jersey State Bar Association’s educational arm, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), honored the group for their volunteer efforts to lead and develop seminars that have made the institute the state’s leading continuing legal education provider, reaching over 70,000 people a year.

Personal injury trial lawyer Michael Maggiano, of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi in Fort Lee, received the institute’s highest honor, the Alfred C. Clapp Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education.

Over the years Maggiano, 65, has donated countless hours teaching trial advocacy. He has taken part in over 35 seminars, and spearheaded the “Medicine for Lawyers” seminar for many years, which brings together doctors and lawyers to examine key issues. Maggiano says he gets at least as much out of the experience as his students: “Every time I teach, I learn. And the more I teach, the more I learn.”

In addition to Maggiano, several others received Distinguished Service Awards. They were:

Kevin R. Gardner, of Roseland. He has worked consistently for NJICLE since 1996. Most of his work has been in the civil trial seminars. He has presented 44 seminars.

Jeffrey E. Gold, of Cherry Hill. Gold has taken part in 28 municipal court seminars and continues to develop and participate in new programming.

Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh, the presiding chancery division judge in Passaic County. Judge McVeigh has spoken at NJSBA Annual and Mid-Year meetings and has taken part in over 20 NJICLE seminars.

Judge Patricia B. Roe, the presiding judge of the family part in Ocean County. She has participated in 31 seminars, and been a steady presence at NJICLE family law seminars for more than a decade.