July 19, 2013
NJSBA TRUSTEES REPORT
The following is a summary of actions taken at the July 19, 2013, 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.
New officers and trustees: President Ralph J. Lamparello swore in several new members of the Board of Trustees. They were: Second Vice President Thomas H. Prol; Christine A. Amalfe, who is an at-large trustee; and William Mergner and Heather Suarez, who are serving as section/committee trustees.
Judicial independence: Given the New Jersey State Bar Association’s core belief in the strength and integrity of the justice system, the trustees agreed the association must advocate for its integral role in the republic. President Lamparello announced he would form a special committee to examine the issue of judicial independence and develop recommendations on educating the public about the crisis at hand and encourage those in Trenton to preserve the role of the Judiciary as a co-equal branch of government.
Bylaws review: Nancy Sylvester, an author and certified professional parliamentarian who is the national parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians, will be retained to review the New Jersey State Bar Association’s bylaws. The bylaws have been revised piecemeal from time-to-time, but have not been completely reviewed in over a decade. Sylvester will make recommendations on updates for further consideration.
Professional Lawyer of the Year: Former Supreme Court Justice John Wallace was selected as the association’s professional lawyer of the year. The award will be bestowed on Wallace, who is now with Brown and Connery, at the Commission on Professionalism in the Law’s annual luncheon on Oct. 17 at The Imperia.
Bail reform measures: The trustees granted authority to the Executive Committee to act on a pair of measures related to bail reform, should they become fast-tracked. One measure, S-2885 (Norcross,) would establish judicial criteria for determining pretrial detention of people charged with first-degree crimes and establish statutory bail alternatives for non-violent offenders. A second measure, SCR-156 (Norcross,) proposes a constitutional amendment to provide that release on bail may be denied under certain conditions to offenders who commit first-degree crimes.