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

November 6, 2008

Following is a summary of actions taken at the November 6, 2008 meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees at the BoardWalk Inn Conference Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This summary does not constitute official minutes.

Dues Assistance Program-Membership Committee

The Board approved a confidential dues waiver/dues assistance program that provides a 50 percent reduction in full dues for any member who is experiencing financial hardship. The NJSBA member must submit a letter explaining the hardship situation and complete a Dues Assistance Program form. Only current members of the New Jersey State Bar Association are eligible to apply for dues waivers and participation in the program is limited to two consecutive years. Situations which would merit a dues reduction include unemployment or income constraints; and time out from practice for family or health reasons.

New Member Mixer-Membership Committee

The Board approved a request for sponsorship and funding in the amount of $2,000 for a New Member Mixer to be held on March 11, 2009 at the New Jersey Law Center. In an effort to integrate new members and promote Section participation and member involvement overall, the Mixer will feature round tables for Sections to inform new members about their groups and what they do. In addition, the Membership Committee will host a table with benefits information as well as Annual Meeting brochures and registration information. The New Member Mixer will become an annual event and will be open to all members as part of a member retention program.

Pension Plan-NJL Employees

The Board approved an amendment to the Association's pension plan to allow pension payments for 2008 for New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper employees.

Peremptory Challenges

The Board discussed the reports from county bar associations on their position on Peremptory Challenges, and made no change to the established NJSBA position opposing legislation that would permit peremptory challenges to be governed by court rule.