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

May 16, 2012

The following is a summary of actions taken at the May 16, 2012, meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting and Convention at The Borgata in Atlantic City. This summary does not constitute official minutes.


Filing fees: Incoming President Kevin P. McCann reported on a meeting held with Senate President Sweeney regarding the filing fee legislation. The existing bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Peter Barnes, is not expected to receive a Senate vote. Instead, new legislation is anticipated, and will be introduced shortly. That measure will provide funding for e-courts and Legal Services of New Jersey, but will remove funding for Executive Branch items. It is also expected to provide a means to adjust court fees if IOLTA’s financial picture improves.


Pro Bono Task Force: With the aim to increase private bar attorney involvement in pro bono, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body supported a report from a task force that studied the issue for a year. The Board of Trustees said the report should be circulated to various state bar association groups for further input, and an ad hoc committee should be created to continue the examination and implementation effort.


Government affairs: The trustees supported a proposed constitutional amendment that would increase the mandatory retirement age of judges and justices from 70 to 75, and they opposed a pending bill that would provide civil immunity for some volunteer doctors who work at nonprofit clinics and federally qualified health centers.


Member benefits: The board approved a new benefit that gives members a discount on online records management solutions through InfoStore.


Trustee recognition: The trustees welcomed several new members to the Board. The new trustees are: Supti Bhattacharya, Anthony Carlino, Edward Hoffman, Shanna McCann, Brandon Minde, Michael Selvaggi, Michael Testa Jr., and Ronald Uzdavinis.


The Board also approved the candidates the Nominating Committee selected to fill two seats that became vacant when trustees moved on to other positions. Stephen W. Barry, of Barry, Corrado & Grassi PC, in Wildwood, will replace J. Christopher Gibson, who is now a state Superior Court judge, as the trustee from Cape May County. And Joan Burke, a deputy attorney general with the state Division of Criminal Justice, was selected to fill a seat designated for a representative of a state bar association section or committee, which had been filled by Thomas Hoff Prol, who was sworn-in as state bar secretary. Burke is a co-chair of the Diversity Committee.


Outgoing trustees were also recognized. They were: John DeSimone, James J. Ferrelli, Lora Fong, Charles J. X. Kahwaty, Ryan Nussey, Robert O’Donnell, Douglas Steinhardt, and Jonathan Wolfe.


Upcoming events:

·At 10 a.m. May 22, the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the Federal District Court of New Jersey will hold its swearing-in ceremony at the War Memorial in Trenton.


·The New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Medal of Honor Dinner is June 13. Justice John Wallace and David Dugan will receive this year’s awards.

·The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Clapp Award program will be held June 7. Edward J. O’Donnell is the recipient of this year’s award.


· On June 21, the NJSBA will hold its annual Legislative Program focusing on the legislative process and advocacy featuring key legislators, lobbyists and partisan staff members. The event will be held at the Trenton War Memorial and will feature a continuing legal education component.  


·In the coming weeks, the NJSBA will resume the tradition of holding regional bar meetings around the state. Here is the schedule:


Specialty Bar Regional

Thursday, May 31, 2012

6:30-8:30 pm

Daryl’s Restaurant

302 George Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Southern Regional Dinner

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

6:30- 9:30 pm

River Winds Restaurant

1075 Riverwinds Drive

West Deptford, NJ 08086


Shore Regional Dinner

Monday, June 11, 2012


Revel, Atlantic City

500 Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ 08401


Northern Regional Dinner

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

6:30-8:30 pm

Liberty House

76 Audrey Zapp Drive

Jersey City, NJ 07305


Central Regional Dinner

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

6:30-8:30 pm

3 West Restaurant

665 Martinsville Road


Basking Ridge, NJ 07920