January 15, 2010
The following is a summary of actions taken at the Jan. 15, 2010 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.
Mandatory continuing legal education
The first meeting of the Board on Continuing Legal Education was Jan. 15. State Bar Trustees Ivette Alvarez and John DeBartolo have been named as members. Last week, the Court released additional details about the rules and regulations of the program. The state bar successfully lobbied for the self-reporting aspect, as well as accommodations for credits to be earned outside the classroom, on district ethics committees and Inns of Courts programs. In addition to the cost of classes, attorneys are being assessed an additional $4.
The state bar is looking for ways to provide its members with additional opportunities to earn credits through programming of our section and committee meetings. Planning is underway for programming at the Annual Meeting and Convention (May 19 through 21 in Atlantic City) where attendees are expected be able to earn up to 12 credits.
In addition, the ongoing renovation of the Law Center will position the NJSBA to provide videoconferencing, distance learning and other non-traditional ways for people to take part in classes, without leaving their office.
The Senate approved a raft of Superior Court judge appointments and the Cumberland County Prosecutor appointment. There are now 18 vacancies.
The board of trustees also took action on several other matters, including:
- Having the Legislative Committee conduct a review of the laws the courts have overturned.
- Voting to fund the Black History Month programs, including an essay contest and art exhibit, the Minorities in the Profession will hold on Feb. 17.
- Approving the Children’s Rights Committee’s request to co-sponsor a training program for lawyers who represent parents and caretakers of children with special needs who are in foster care.
- Permitting the Military Law and Veterans’ Section request to hold an annual meeting that will be named in honor of former State Bar Association President Matthias Dileo, a World War II veteran.
- Participating in a case before the New Jersey Supreme Court that involves the presentment of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct regarding political donations made by the law partners of a municipal court judge.
The New Jersey State Bar Association has had several educational programs in recent weeks, some in cooperation with county bar associations. They include:
- Jan. 20, 26, 29 - Fastcase trainings
- Jan. 28 - Life after law school
- Jan. 29 - Using credit cards as payment options
- Feb. 20 – Suddenly Successful: Making the transition to solo practice