September 14, 2012
NJSBA TRUSTEES REPORT
The following is a summary of actions taken at the Sept. 14, 2012 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.
Government affairs: State Senate President Stephen Sweeney indicated he would reintroduce legislation that would fund Legal Services of New Jersey and technology improvements for the courts through filing fees, and another measure to reduce the statute of limitations on legal malpractice claims from six to two years.
Judicial vacancies: In an effort to urge reappointment of several qualified workers’ compensation judges whose names have not yet been submitted for tenure, the trustees approved McCann submitting a letter to Gov. Chris Christie. The letter will note that failure to reappoint qualified judges will threaten the independence of sitting judges and make it more difficult to attract experienced lawyers to serve the bench.
It was also noted that the November meeting of the General Council would feature a program about judicial vacancies and the appointment process on the state courts.
CLE e-learning: The trustees gave the green light for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education to create e-learning modules for 16 practical skills series of courses. Each course would be updated frequently, contain hyperlinks to all citations, provide forms, and include video vignettes and computer-generated avatars to guide online subscribers through the content.
New member benefits: A trio of new member benefits was approved by the Board. State Bar Association members will now be able to obtain discounts on services from Interstate Filing, LLC, which handles filings in all 50 states and many other countries; affordable website design packages from Amicus Creative Media; and discounts on New York Red Bulls and New York Jets tickets.
NJSBA policies: The Board adopted a report from the ad hoc Committee on NJSBA Compensation Policy that found the current process for reviewing and approving compensation and emergency expenditures is efficient and effective, and consistent with policies and practices of other associations.
The trustees also adopted an investment policy meant to assist the Board and its investment committee in communicating with and monitoring the various investment managers the association will engage to manage its assets.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Section Conference: The trustees supported the GLBT Section’s plans to hold a symposium with LifeTies, meant to focus on the issue of homelessness in the GLBT youth community and the interrelationship of this problem to bullying and the juvenile justice system.
Family Law Retreat: The trustees approved Austin as the location of the 2014 Family Law Retreat. The event will be held at Four Seasons Hotel from March 26 through March 30.
Elder Law Retreat: The 2013 Elder and Disability Law Section Retreat will be held at Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch from April 17 through April 19.