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

September 13, 2013


The following is a summary of actions taken at the Sept. 13, 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. 


Judicial independence: President Ralph J. Lamparello said continued efforts are underway to establish a blue-ribbon task force of former jurists, lawyers, academics and members of the public to examine the ongoing threats to judicial independence and make recommendations about future action.


Award honorees: The trustees approved lawyers and law firms as honorees in recognition of volunteer service to the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the pro bono community.


The education institute’s award winners were: Michael Maggiano, of Fort Lee, who will receive the Alfred C. Clapp Award from the educational institute; and Judges Patricia Roe, of Ocean County, and Mary Margaret McVeigh, of Passaic County, and attorneys Kevin R. Gardner, of Roseland, and Jeffrey Evan Gold, of Cherry Hill, who will receive distinguished service awards for their work in education.


 In addition, Paul Marino, of Day Pitney, and Alyson Villano, of Patton Boggs, will be recognized for their individual pro bono efforts at the upcoming sixth annual Pro Bono Conference in October. The law firm Subranni Zauber, of Marlton, will received the pro bono award for an organization.


Sections and committees: Despite repeated efforts to invigorate certain sections, the trustees agreed that two sections, the Fidelity and Surely Law and International Law sections, should be converted into special committees. The dues-paying members of those sections will be invited to remain active in the committees and refunded their payments for section membership. President Lamparello named Steven Richman, who is first vice president of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, as chair and association Trustee William Ferreira as vice chair of the International Law Committee.


The trustees granted authority to the association’s Executive Committee to seek nominations for leadership positions and oversee an election of the Intellectual Property Section to install new leadership.


The trustees approved the establishment of a subcommittee of the Criminal Law Section to examine issues related to Megan’s Law.


Annual Meeting and Convention: The trustees approved a contract with Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa to hold the 2014 and 2015 annual meeting and conventions at the property. The 2014 Annual Meeting and Convention will be held May 14-16. The 2015 Annual Meeting and Convention will be held May 13-15.


Continuing legal education speakers: In limited circumstances, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education uses paid speakers, primarily for unique programs or when they attract a national following. Those speakers are typically scheduled during holidays or other times when volunteers have additional conflicts, as a means of enhancing the quality of programming. The trustees approved speaking fees or travel expenses for six speakers who will address parliamentary procedures, evidence issues, labor law, malpractice matters, trust and estates issues, and sophisticated elder law matters.


Disaster preparedness: The trustees approved a disaster preparedness management plan for the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The home to the NJSBA, NJICLE, the IOLTA Fund for Client Protection and New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Fund, the Law Center is a focal point of the legal community. In light of Superstorm Sandy and other issues, the disaster plan was updated to ensure proper procedures are in place to keep the building and staff safe and the operations of the organizations functioning in the face of critical events.