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

Reports and Comments

NJSBA President Paris P. Eliades letter to Hon. Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D. on proposed increase to state court fees. October, 2014

 

Trustees reaffirm value of Mid-Year Meeting - July, 2014

The New Jersey State Bar Association's governing body, acting on a report from the Meeting Arrangements and Program Committee, reaffirmed its support for continuing the Mid-Year Meeting which results in meaningful business relationships, business development opportunities and is a financially self-sustaining and valuable member benefit. The  trustees reviewed the issue following the passage of a General Council resolution last fall. Click here to read the full report.

 

New Jersey State Bar Association's Pro Bono Task Force Report: Closing the Justice Gap - May 2012

The task force report, which the state bar association’s governing body supported and accepted at its May meeting in Atlantic City, is now being circulated throughout the legal community for further comment and President Kevin P. McCann will soon appoint an ad hoc committee to continue the examination of the specific recommendations in the report and make recommendations regarding implementation. Comments are due Sept. 12. The association’s Board of Trustees will review the feedback on each recommendation and determine what further action will be taken on each item. Comments can be submitted to Kate Coscarelli at kcoscarelli@njsba.com.

Report Of The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Work-Life Balance Task Force - May 2009

NJ State Bar Association comments.

New Jersey State Bar Association Comments on the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education's Draft Report and Recommendations - February 9, 2009
NJ State Bar Association comments.

New Jersey State Bar Association Comments on the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education's Draft Report and Recommendations - September 10, 2008
NJ State Bar Association comments.

NJSBA Comments on the Supreme Court Special Committee on Public Access to Court Records Report - March 21, 2008
NJ State Bar Association comments.

NJ State Bar Association Recommendations for Implementation of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education - March 13, 2008
Report and Recommendations

Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee - May 15, 2006
Governor Jon S. Corzine and NJSBA Stuart A. Hoberman signed the Hughes Compact, reaffirming the independent and non-partisan evaluation of the qualifications of judges and prosecutors provided by the NJSBA to the Governor for over 30 years.

NJSBA Report on Business Courts - Ad Hoc Committee on Business Courts - July 2005
August 5, 1998 report revisited in light of the Commercial and Technology Part Legislation (A3544) pending in the New Jersey Legislature, July 2005.

Report on Arbitration - New Jersey State Bar Association - December 1, 2003
Report and recommendations.

Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee - May 1, 2002
Law Day 2002 was an historic one for the NJSBA. It marked the official signing and reaffirmation of the Judicial Compact between the Governor's Office and the State Bar Association.

NJSBA Response to the Pollock Commission and Wallace Committee Reports - April 2003
The New Jersey State Bar Association issued its response to the reports of the Pollock Commission and Wallace Committee.

The primary recommendations of the Pollock commission report are:

  1. elimination of the bona fide office rule, but the requirement that there be an office in some state;
  2. elimination of the appearance of the impropriety rule;
  3. allowing law firms wider use of screening to address conflicts caused by lateral hires;
  4. MJP rule;
  5. revisions to advertising rule dropping prohibitions against drawings, animation, music or lyrics.

The Wallace Report has some far reaching recommendations, among them:

  1. allowing admission to the bar on motion for lawyers from "reciprocal states" that have practiced for 5 of the previous 7 years;
  2. allowing foreign educated lawyers to take bar exam;
  3. permitting in-house counsel to obtain a "limited license" to practice solely for their employer;
  4. MJP rule;
  5. elimination of bona fide office rule (same as Pollock).

New Jersey State Bar Association Report and Recommendations on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice - March 2002
NJSBA Report and Recommendations on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice

Interim Best Practices Report - October 2001
The bench and the bar are inextricably linked as stakeholders in New Jersey's judicial system. This report is intended to represent one more step toward positive interaction between the bench and bar. It is the hope that these recommended changes will assist in the advancement and improvement of our system of judicial administration so that the true "interests of justice" of our citizens, as well as the long-standing goals of professionalism and civility within our honored profession, will be properly served.

New Jersey State Bar Association Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice - June 25, 2001
Preliminary Report and Recommendations

Judicial Selection Report - May 2001
The NJSBA's report, IMPROVING THE JUDICIAL SELECTION PROCESS, recommends that greater bar and public participation occur in the identification and selection of judicial candidates.

Reinstatement of Disbarred Lawyers - March 2001
The New Jersey State Bar Association submits to the Supreme Court a report that recommends the adoption of rules permitting disbarred lawyers to apply for reinstatement to practice. The report was adopted by unanimous vote of the NJSBA Board of Trustees on March 9, 2001.