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

Friday's Programs

Annual Meeting and Convention 2015 Track Programming

Earn up to 12 CLE credits toward New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania mandatory continuing legal education requirements at seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association and New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the educational division of the NJSBA. The association’s sections, committees and the Young Lawyers Division, in addition to other groups, are program cosponsors.

Friday, May 15th

9:00 a.m. - Borgata

States of the Judiciaries

The annual reports of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

 11:15 - 12:45 p.m. - Borgata
Residential Real Estate Financing and the Consumer Financing Protection Bureau (CFBP)
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (Real Property Trust and Estate Track)
Practitioners who represent clients buying and selling residential real estate must pay attention to the new rules affecting mortgage financing. Join specialists in this technical area and learn the rules which promise to change the real estate outlook in New Jersey and elsewhere. 

Matthew A. Cohen, Esq.
Two Rivers Title Company, LLC, Little Silver
F. Bradford Batcha, Esq.
Batcha & Batcha, LLC, Red Bank

Protecting IP: A Review and Update of Trade Secret, Patent, Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Committee (Special Interest Track)
Do you feel unintelligent about intellectual property? This seminar will discuss on the latest in IP law with a focus on trade secrets, patents, copyrights and trademarks. Review the basics of each, learn about how the America Invents Act has changed the patent process, hear an analysis of the Alice Corporation case and discuss emerging issues from experts in the field. 

John S. Stone, Esq.
DeCotiis FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP, Teaneck

Howard Eisenberg, Esq.
Law Office of Howard Eisenberg, Gladwyne PA
Richard Malagiere, Esq.
Law Offices of Richard Malagiere, Moonachie
Lawrence D. Mandel, Esq.
Gertner Mandel & Peslak, LLC, Jackson
Arthur M. Peslak, Esq.
Gertner Mandel & Peslak, LLC, Jackson

eCourts in the Civil Division – Development, Implementation and Application - The Civil Trial Bench/Bar Conference
Civil Trial Bar Section (Civil Litigation Track)
As the Automated Trial Court Services Unit continues its development and implementation of the eCourt filing system statewide, it has already been activated in both Criminal and Tax Courts. This seminar will present an overview of the Judiciary’s implementation of eCourts for efiling in Criminal and Tax courts, as well as include a discussion of how eCourts will be extended to include Civil filings. The Honorable Jamie D. Happas, PJCv of the Middlesex Vicinage will moderate this session and provide insight on the work being done to develop efiling across all courts. In addition, Jack McCarthy, Chief Information Officer of the NJ Judiciary and Jennifer Perez, Esq., Chief of the Automated Trial Court Services Unit, will walk through an efiling demonstration. Members of the Bar are encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback. 

Hon. Jamie D. Happas, P.J.Cv., Middlesex County  
Wendy Allyson Reek, Esq. 
Leary Bride Tinker and Moran, PC, Cedar Knolls

Jack McCarthy, Chief Information Officer
Administrative Office of the Courts
Jennifer Perez, Esq., Chief, Automated Services
Administrative Office of the Courts

2017 is Just Around the Corner; Bail Reform, Speedy Trial and The Devilish Details - The Criminal Law Bench/Bar Conference
Criminal Law Section (Criminal Litigation Track)
Topics include speedy trials, bail reform and more. 

James J. Gerrow, Esq.
Sitzler & Sitzler, Hainesport

Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson, A.J.S.C. (Ret.)
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Tinton Falls
Robert J. Brass, Esq.
Aloia Law Firm, LLC, Bloomfield
Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender for the State of New Jersey
Office of the Public Defender, Trenton

Kimberly A. Yonta, Esq.
Yonta Law, LLC, New Brunswick 


Ethics in Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Practice Study Committee (All Litigators Track)

Robert A. Vort, Esq.
Law Office of Robert A. Vort, Hackensack

Hon. Mary Catherine Cuff, J.A.D.
Supreme Court of New Jersey
Hon. Edwin H. Stern, P.J.A.D. (Ret.)
Gibbons, PC, Newark
Lawrence J. Fox, Esq.
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Philadelphia
Haekyoung Suh, Esq.
The Rotolo Law Firm, Lebanon

Family Law Bench/Bar Conference: Judges’ Roles in the Settlement Process – Ethics & More 
Family Law Section (Family Law Track)
Experienced family law judges and practitioners discuss the Matrimonial Early Settlement Program process and its continued viability. After over 35 years of being in existence, does the MESP Program warrant a new look and possible overhaul? The panel will also discuss the ethical and practical considerations of family part and appellate judges becoming directly involved in settlement negotiations. Further the panel will review other avenues of alternate dispute resolution and the ethical considerations associated with that process.

Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq.
Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran, LLC, Farmingdale

Hon. Michael A. Guadagno, J.A.D. 
Hon. Lisa P. Thornton, A.J.S.C., Monmouth
Hon. Bonnie Mizdol, P.J.F.P., Bergen
Hon. Patricia Roe, J.S.C., Ocean
Paris P. Eliades, Esq., NJSBA President
Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC, Sparta
Amanda S. Trigg, Esq.
Lesnevich & Marzano-Lesnevich, LLC, Hackensack

Believe It or Not: How Magna Carta Affects the New Jersey Lawyer
NJ State Bar Foundation (Special Interest Track)
The American Bar Association has planned an extensive public education and philanthropic campaign regarding the Magna Carta’s 800th year in 2015. To enhance the ABA’s efforts, the NJ State Bar Foundation has proposed a number of programs for both lawyers and the general public in New Jersey. This seminar will explore the history of the English rebellion which led to the creation of the Magna Carta-a document that sought to limit the power of the monarchy and convey rights and protections to the citizenry. We will relate this historical document to our constitution and the work of lawyers in the present day to champion the rights of New Jersey’s citizens.

Steven M. Richman, Esq. 
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - The Water Club
When is a Whistleblower Not a Whistleblower and the Future of CEPA in New Jersey
Labor and Employment Law Section (Labor and Employment Track)

Martin Aron, Esq.
Jackson Lewis, PC, Morristown

James E. Burden, Esq.
Smith Mullin, PC, Montclair
Kirsten Hotchkiss, Esq.
Hotchkiss Law, LLC
Ebonée Hamilton Lewis, Esq.
Becton Dickinson & Company, Franklin Lakes
Bruce P. McMoran, Esq.
McMoran O'Connor & Bramley, PC, Wall Township
Glen D. Savits, Esq.
Green Savits, LLC, Florham Park
Yvette C. Sterling, Esq.
Sterling Law Firm, LLC, Burlington
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - The Water Club
Workers' Compensation Law - This Way to Madness - The Workers' Compensation Bench/Bar Conference
Workers' Compensation Section (Workers' Compensation Track)
A series of workers’ compensation scenarios will be presented through “pretrial conferences.” The scenarios will illustrate various issues arising out the workers’ compensation law from both Petitioner and Respondents’ perspectives, and will provide insight from the Judge at the conclusion of each “pretrial conference.” There will be discussions of the various issues that arise during the conferences and audience members will be invited to contribute their thoughts after each scenario.

Lora V. Northen, Esq. 
Capehart & Scatchard, PA, Mt. Laurel

Hon. Ingrid L. French
NJ Division of Labor & Work Force Development, Trenton
Julius J. Feinson, Esq.
Gaylord Popp, LLC, Edison

 11:15 - 1:15 p.m. - The Water Club
The Gaming Industry and The Future of Atlantic City 
Administrative Law Section and Casino Law Section (Special Interest Track)
Atlantic City is the quintessential location for a seminar involving casino law past, present and future. Join a distinguished panel of expert lawyers and public officials for an informative and frank discussion about the future the gaming industry. Topics will include: recent casino closings, opportunities to expand non-gaming amenities, Casino Redevelopment Authority, expansion of gaming outside of Atlantic City – pros and cons; intersections/cross marketing between racing and gaming industry, ideas to increase competition/development in Atlantic City and more. 

Paul P. Josephson, Esq.
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill
Christopher L. Soriano, Esq.
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill

Curtis J. Bashaw, Chair, Board of Trustees
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Adam Berger, Esq.
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill
Mayor Donald A. Guardian
City of Atlantic City
Director David L. Rebuck, Director
New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement