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


Thousands of Attorneys and Judges Gather in Atlantic City - New Jersey State Bar Association Holds its Largest-Ever Annual Meeting

The state’s legal community will come together at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention for educational seminars, speeches and networking events next week. Nearly 2,500 judges, lawyers, law clerks and law students are expected to attend the three-day event held in Atlantic City.
Prominent legal experts, programs on hot topics such as the pay-to-play issues, a Supreme Court update, the latest developments from Trenton and more will be featured.

This year’s event will include a suite of programming focusing on the threats to judicial independence. The trio of seminars will examine how these threats affect justice around the globe and here at home, including “A Historical Perspective on Judicial Independence in New Jersey and How it Affects the Practice of Law,” “Justice At Stake,” and “How the Courts Failed Germany.” The programs will feature some of the state’s thought leaders including former Govs. James Florio and Donald DiFrancesco; Sen. Kevin O’Toole; retired Chief Justice James R. Zazzali; retired Justice Virginia A. Long; Bert Brandenberg, executive director of Justice at Stake; and William Meinecke, an historian from the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum. Justice Barry T. Albin will also deliver a talk on the importance of an independent Judiciary.
Other speakers during the three-day event will be: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner; Justices Anne Patterson and Helen Hoens, retired Justices Virginia Long and Roberto Rivera-Soto, and Appellate Division Judges Mary Catherine Cuff and Ariel Rodriguez, who are temporarily assigned to the Supreme Court. U.S. District Court for New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome Simandle will also address attendees. The programming will further feature some of the state’s leading political figures, including numerous legislators.

The event runs from May 15 to 17 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

Reporters are welcome to cover the state bar association’s premiere gathering. Programming begins Wednesday at 1 p.m.


New President:
Ralph J. Lamparello will be sworn in for a one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association Thursday. He is the 115th president of the state’s largest lawyers group which is the professional home to nearly 18,000 members.
Lamparello, of Chasan Leyner & Lamparello PC, of Secaucus, is the first state bar association president from Hudson County in 40 years.

Hot Topics:
From teaching lawyers how to survive and thrive in a struggling economy, to a discussion on housing discrimination facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, to a frank discussion on women, politics and power, nearly every topic and trend percolating in the legal world will be explored by the judges, lawyers and experts who know it best. Leading members of the profession will take part in dozens of educational seminars on everything from animal law and alimony reform to white-collar crime and worker’s compensation.
State of the Judiciary Speeches:

Chief Justice Rabner and Chief Judge Simandle will deliver remarks about their respective judiciaries Friday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. Justice Albin will also speak. Following the speeches will be the program “Justice at Stake” examining the rising tide of threats to judicial independence in New Jersey and around the country.

2013 Annual Meeting and Convention By the Numbers:

attorneys, judges, law clerks and law students registered to attend

speakers taking part in educational panels

seminars offered

booths in the exhibit hall

judges speaking at seminars and events

social and networking opportunities

continuing legal education credits a person can earn

current and former members of the Supreme Court making presentations

new president, Ralph J. Lamparello