July 11, 2008
Following is a summary of actions taken at the July 11, 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.
NJICLE Letter on Uncollected Sales/Use Tax
The Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution stating that the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education should take immediate steps to determine the amount of use tax and interest owed by its customers, and to reimburse the interest on the use tax to any customer who submits proof of payment of outstanding use tax as a result of purchases from NJICLE between January 1, 2003 through June 30, 2008, and submits such use tax payment to NJICLE by July 31, 2008. The resolution further requests that NJICLE take additional steps to address its accountability for the aforementioned sales tax collection obligation, including the consideration of credits to its customers for any inconvenience suffered by them. The resolution was passed in response to the letter sent to NJSBA members by NJICLE regarding uncollected sales and use tax.
JPAC Manual Revisions
The Board approved a proposed amendment to the New Jersey State Bar Association's Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee Manual to require that State and County Bar Association Committees involved in this procedure adhere to the guidelines in the manual as adopted and amended, including strict confidentiality of all matters relating to the work of these Committees.
Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC) Bylaws
The Board approved a revision to the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC) Bylaws, Section 8.8 addressing the composition of the New Jersey Family Lawyer (NJFL) Editorial Board. The bylaws include the following provisions: The Family Law Section Chair shall select one member of the Editorial Board of NJFL for a two-year term. The Editorial Board shall have the authority to appoint the Editor-In-Chief and the Executive Editor by majority vote. The editors and other staff appointments need not be members of the Executive Committee. The remainder of the Board shall be selected by the Editor-In-Chief and the Executive Editor. All Editorial Board members shall be members in good standing of the Family Law Section. The Chair, or the Chair's designee, shall serve as an ex officio member of the Board. Any concerns that the Chair may have with the operation of the Editorial Board may be presented to the Executive Committee for appropriate action.
Mid-Year Meeting 2009
The Board approved the recommendation of the Meeting Arrangements and Program Committee to change the site of the 2009 Mid-Year Meeting to San Francisco.
Family Law Retreat 2010
The Board approved the recommendation of the Meeting Arrangements and Program Committee chair to hold the 2010 Family Law Retreat in Aruba on March 10-13.
The Board adopted the Amicus Committee recommendation to not petition the Court to participate as amicus in Darji v. Department of Transportation, which questions whether making comments about an individual's accent and establishing an "English-only" workplace are evidence of discrimination to overcome a summary judgment motion.
Resolution on Introductory Judicial Education
The Board voted to not support the Ohio Bar Association's (OBA) request to cosponsor a resolution of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and the OBA that urges states to adopt introductory judicial education programs that would become a factor in establishing qualifications for judicial office.