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

April 20, 2012

The following is a summary of actions taken at the April 20, 2012, meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. This summary does not constitute official minutes.


CLE for active-duty service members: Full-time members of the military who need to earn continuing legal education credits can now attend courses for free, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body said. The trustees unanimously approved a proposal that allows full-time, active-duty military members to attend for free the continuing legal education (CLE) programs offered through the association and its educational division, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.


Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee: The trustees approved a proposal to change the association’s bylaws to add the immediate past president to the roster of members of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, in an effort to provide further insight and continuity to the committee’s decision making. That proposed bylaw change would require approval of the association’s membership in a future election.


Government affairs: The trustees supported, with high priority, pending legislation (A-1551, Wisniewski) that would clarify statutes concerning adverse possession and promote the stability of land titles.


Proposed rule changes: The trustees approved recommendations of the Judicial Administration Committee to support the Supreme Court Civil Practice Rules Report with the exception of two proposed changes. The two exceptions were: the committee believes there should be no distinction between contingent fees awarded for minor and non-minor cases, and that fees in all contingent fee cases be 33-1/3 percent. The board also agreed with the committee’s opposition to a proposed change that would confuse the procedures used with supersedeas bonds and securing a stay.


Section bylaw changes: The trustees approved a series of bylaws changes meant to allow lawyers new to the profession to become and remain active with the group, as well as positions on pending legislation and other matters. Under the changes, attorneys could belong to the Young Lawyers Division if they are either under the age of 36 or practicing less than 10 years; a parliamentarian would be added to the officers of the Young Lawyers Division; it was clarified that county representatives must live, work, or primarily practice in the county they represent; and was also clarified that meetings are open to all division members, as well several other issues about its nomination process, quorum requirements and rules of order.


In other section bylaw changes, two sections updated their bylaws and will have new names. The Health and Hospital Law Section will now be known as the Health Law Section, and the Elder Law Section will formally become the Elder and Disability Law Section.


The bylaw changes for the young lawyers group and two sections will be adopted once the membership of those groups grant approval.