December 12, 2008
Following is a summary of actions taken at the December 12, 2008 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.
Judicial Administration Committee
The Board accepted the recommendations of the Judicial Administration Committee to recommend that the Judiciary make judge's weekly activity reports available to the bar and public in the name of promoting transparency in government, noting that certain items be redacted, including:
- Identification of specific matters which would reveal the identity of persons to be protected including but not limited to (1.) victims of domestic or child abuse or other crimes; (2.) juvenile offenders; (3.) custody or matrimonial matters except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
- Criminal matters wherein the identification of such matters would compromise an ongoing criminal investigation including the issuance of search warrants, wire tap application or grand jury proceedings.
The Executive Committee acted on the following emergent amicus curiae matters:
Fawzy v. Fawzy - The case questions whether child custody disputes can be arbitrated, and, if so, what procedures and safeguards should be in place. NJSBA participation was approved in this matter based upon a recommendation of both the Family Law Section and the Amicus Committee.
Agha v. Feiner - The case questions whether an expert can rely upon a diagnostic report in formulating his/her opinion without the need for the diagnostician to testify. The Executive Committee approved a substantive brief drafted by Amirali Haidri, Eric Kahn and Daniel Rosner to be filed with the Supreme Court.
Insurance Defense Committee
The Board approved the creation a new Special Committee on Insurance Defense, which will address issues of importance to the defense bar.
New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board
The Board approved George Conk, John Connell, Donna duBeth Gardiner, Lynn Fontaine Newsome and Steven Richman, to serve as NJSBA representatives on the New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board.
Task Force on Disaster Planning
The Board voted to agree with the recommendations of the Task Force on Disaster Planning and adopt the NJSBA Disaster Recovery Plan.
Work-Life Balance Task Force
The Board approved funding in the amount of $1500 for the Work-Life Balance Task Force to hold an informational-gathering forum at the Law Center in January.
Funding for Town Hall Advocacy Program
The Board approved funding in the amount of $3,184.50 for the Town Hall Advocacy Program to be held Jan. 28, 2009 at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Authorized establishment of Attorney Identification Card Program trust fund. The Board voted to support this legislation, high priority.
Rainmaker Institute Management Programs
The Board approved for Rainmaker Institute products and programs be offered as an NJSBA member benefit.
Young Lawyers Division
The Board approved the following programs to be sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division-a Young Professionals Speed Networking Event, Rainmaking in the Recessed Economy, and a Young Professional Mixer.
Internet and Computer Law Committee
The Board approved permission to open the Internet and Computer Law Committee's Jan. 14 meeting to lawyers who are not NJSBA members.