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

For Immediate Release


Christina Pateman

Legal Affairs Associate


Notice to General Council Members


Members of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s General Council are invited to attend the October 18 meeting of the General Council, which will be held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Lunch will be available at Noon, and the meeting will commence at 1 p.m. The meeting will consist of:

•    The election of a member to a seat on the NJSBA Nominating Committee
•    The consideration of Resolutions
•    A 1.5 credit CLE seminar

The following members of the New Jersey State Bar Association General Council have complied with applicable rules and procedures and are now candidates to fill the vacancy on the NJSBA Nominating Committee:

Richard A. DeMichele Jr.  (Camden County)
Anthony J. Murgatroyd  (Hunterdon County)

As noted above an election to fill the vacancy will take place at the October 18 General Council meeting. General Council members who are unable to attend the meeting may vote by absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot please contact Maria Parente at the NJSBA (732) 937-7531, or e-mail her at Please be advised that anyone who requests an absentee ballot will not be permitted to vote at the General Council meeting on October 18.

Any General Council member may submit a Resolution for consideration at the meeting. If possible, Resolutions should be submitted prior to the meeting to Charles Hollenbeck, either by e-mail to,  or by mail to the NJSBA, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.


Seminar Topic:

When the Court of Public Opinion Meets the Letter of the Law: the Intersection of Judges, Lawyers, the Press and the Public

Well publicized trials often result in a disconnect between the decision reached by a jury or judge, and public sentiment about the outcome. Cases in point: the acquittals of George Zimmerman and Casey Anthony who both became notorious public figures and finally walked away after being charged with murder and acquitted.  

Our expert panel will explore critical issues concerning the reasons why headline grabbing trials can fuel public discontent with the justice system, why the “letter of the law” has real meaning for the outcome of trials, the role of the media in influencing public opinion, a judge’s and lawyer’s responsibility, under codes of ethical conduct, to carefully construct out-of-court statements, the lack of public understanding about the nature of the criminal justice system and role of juries, and many other related topics.

Audience participation will of course be encouraged.

Justin P. Walder, Esq.
Walder Hayden & Brogan, Roseland

Thomas J. Cafferty, Esq.
Gibbons PC, Newark
Jeffery E. Gold, Esq.
Gold & Associates, Cherry Hill

Hon. Linda A. Feinberg
Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader, Lawrenceville

Attendance at the seminar will earn 1.5 CLE credits