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

NJSBA Trustees Report

The following is a summary of actions taken at the Jan. 24, 2014 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.  

Chief Justice Rabner reappointment: The trustees approved a resolution in support of Chief Justice Rabner’s reappointment. The resolution, which will be circulated to the press and bar associations around the state, will discuss why tenure is critical to judicial independence and discuss why Rabner deserves reappointment.

Election procedures adopted: The New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body adopted a set of procedures that will guide the organization through any contested election or bylaw vote in a fair and mannerly way. The bylaws require the adoption of such a policy manual each year. The procedures cover everything from how to submit a candidate petition to campaigning and fundraising to the voting process. The manual will be available at

Government affairs: The trustees supported A1896, which would allow additional people to be notified when an offender is released from custody or transferred within the criminal justice system. The board also supported A222, which establishes that payment plans for motor vehicle surcharges can be made mandatory, upon request, and A2280/S1305, which requires some police vehicles to be equipped with cameras.

Diversity plan: The Board received an update on the strategic plan developed by the association’s Diversity Committee to support inclusion and diversity as core principles of the association and legal community.