NJSBA Trustees Report
The following is a summary of actions taken at the March 21, 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.
Resolutions: The board approved two resolutions. One offered praise to NJ LEEP, an organization that focuses on increasing diversity in the legal profession by empowering youth from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey who are interested in a legal career through school-based programs that facilitate mock trial and debate competitions. NJ LEEP received a 2014 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award from the American Bar Association’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. The other resolution congratulated Paulette Brown on her nomination to become the first African-America woman and fourth New Jersey lawyer to become president of the American Bar Association.
Proposed budget: The trustees approved a roughly $12 million budget for the association, and its educational arm, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. The budget marks the ninth year without a dues increase for members. It includes infrastructure upgrades, enhancing benefits to members and producing conventions and educational seminars that keep association members up-to-date on developments in the law, while maintaining an eye on expenses. The proposed budget will be published in the coming weeks, and a public hearing will be held at the Annual Meeting and Convention in May. It will return to the board of trustees for final approval in June.
Member benefits: The trustees agreed to extend a contract with insurance broker USI Affinity to offer discounts on health and legal malpractice insurance to members.
Government affairs: The trustees agreed to send a letter to the Governor and Senate urging them to fill vacancies on the administrative law bench and support a proposed bill that would ensure legal fees and settlements are not subject to taxation twice. The association’s Labor and Employment Law Section drafted the proposal.
Foundation trustees: The board approved the reappointments of several trustees to the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s governing body, including Steven M. Richman, who is the foundation’s first vice president, and trustees Paulette Brown; Norberto A. Garcia; William A. Krais, who is also a trustee of the association; and Anna P. Pereira.