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.

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Friday, May 15th

9:00AM 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.

Speakers:
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Supreme Court of New Jersey
Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey 

9:45AM - 11:15AM Borgata

Judicial Independence at Stake: Examining the Intersection of Today's Political Climate and the Impartiality of the Courts
Special Interest Track
After over a year of public hearings and study, the New Jersey State Bar Association's Task Force on Judicial Independence has released its recommendations about steps needed to preserve the judicial branch as a pillar of democracy. Now, an esteemed panel of judges, lawyers, scholars, legislators and journalists discuss whether changes can or should be made to address the incursion of the executive and legislative branches on the judicial branch of government. 

Moderator: 
Ralph J. Lamparello, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, Secaucus

Panelists:
Hon. Dorothea O.C. Wefing, P.J.A.D. (ret.)
Castano Quigley, Fairfield
Hon. Maurice J. Gallipoli, A.J.S.C. (ret.)
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown
Hon. Philip S. Carchman, J.A.D. (ret.)
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (20th District)
Senator Kevin J. O'Toole (40th District)
Prof. Edward A. Hartnett, Richard J. Hughes Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law
Tom Moran
Editorial Page Editor, The Star-Ledger

NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

10:45AM - 1:00PM Borgata

The Use of Medical Marijuana in Chronic Pain Management - The 2015 Workers' Compensation Bench/Bar Conference
Workers' Compensation Section (Litigation - Workers' Compensation Track)
Hon. Russell Wojtenko Jr. will deliver an update on the state of the Division. The Director’s address will be followed by a business meeting and then a presentation on the legal and medical implications of the use of medical marijuana in the management of chronic pain.
 
State of the Division:
Hon. Russell Wojtenko Jr., Director and Chief Judge
Division of Workers Compensation

Moderator/Speaker:
Gary E. Adams, Esq.
Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, Princeton

Speakers:
Hon. Ingrid L. French
NJ Division of Labor & Work Force Development, Trenton
Dr. Peter D. Corda
Professional Pain Management, Northfield

Workers Compensation Certification: 1.5 general credits pending
NJ CLE: 1.5 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 check payable to NJICLE)

11:00AM - 12:30PM The Water Club

Lippman v. Ethicon - Is this the End to the Job Duty Exception?
Labor and Employment Law Section (Labor and Employment Track)

In Lippman v. Ethicon, the New Jersey Supreme Court is addressing the dilemma that is presented when those charged with compliance-related responsibilities assert claims under the state’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). Are such watchdog employees “blowing the whistle” when they raise concerns or do their job duties preclude a claim? Is there a higher standard of proof under CEPA to ensure that they are engaged in protected conduct? The panel will discuss the important public policy issues in this landmark case that will have broad implications in the interpretation of CEPA for years to come.

Moderator/Speaker:
Martin Aron, Esq.
Jackson Lewis, PC, Morristown

Speakers:
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

Trial Attorney Certification: 1.8 civil credits pending
NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

 11:30AM - 1:00PM - 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. 

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

NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)
CPE: 1.5 taxation credits

eCourts in the Civil Division – Development, Implementation and Application - The Civil Trial Bench/Bar Conference
Civil Trial Bar Section (Certified 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. 

Moderator:
Wendy Allyson Reek, Esq. 
Leary Bride Tinker and Moran, PC, Cedar Knolls 

Moderator/Speaker:  
Hon. Jamie D. Happas, P.J.Cv., Middlesex County  

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

Trial Attorney Certification: 1.8 civil credits pending
NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

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. 

Moderator/Speaker:
James J. Gerrow, Esq.
Sitzler & Sitzler, Hainesport

Speakers:
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 


Trial Attorney Certification: 1.8 criminal credits pending
NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

Ethics in Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Practice Committee and NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law (All Litigators Track)

Moderator/Speaker:
Robert A. Vort, Esq.
Law Office of Robert A. Vort, Hackensack

Speakers:
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

NJ CLE: 1.8 ethics credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 ethics credits
PA CLE: 1.5 ethics credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

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.

Moderator/Speaker: 
Timothy F. McGoughran, Esq.
Law Office of Timothy F. McGoughran, LLC, Farmingdale

Speakers:
Hon. Michael A. Guadagno, J.A.D. 
Hon. Lisa P. Thornton, A.J.S.C., Monmouth
Hon. Bonnie Mizdol, A.J.S.C.., 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

Matrimonial Law Certification: 1.8 general credits pending
NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

The Great Charter of the Liberties: 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.

Speakers:
Chief Judge Jerome Simandle
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (22nd District)
Paula A. Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law
Steven M. Richman, Esq.
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill
John B. Wefing, Distinguished Professor of New Jersey Law and History
Seton Hall University School of Law 

NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

 11:30AM - 1:30PM - Borgata

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. 

Moderator/Speaker:
John S. Stone, Esq.
DeCotiis FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP, Teaneck

Speakers:
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

NJ CLE: 2.4 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 2.0 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

 11:30AM - 1:00PM - The Water Club

All You Wanted to Know About Your Attorney Regulatory Requirement and Mandatory On-line Registration
New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Continuing Legal Education (Ethics and Professionalism Track)
Learn about the important basics related to the regulatory requirements of your New Jersey license from Judiciary staff for the Office of Attorney Ethics, the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, the Board on Continuing Legal Education, the Board on Attorney Certification, Pro Bono, and the Committee on Attorney Advertising. In addition, learn about the on-line attorney registration and payment system, how to use it, and the Supreme Court’s plan to make on-line registration mandatory.

Moderator/Speaker:
Wendy L. Weiss, Counsel
Supreme Court of New JerseyBoard on Continuing Legal Education, Board on Attorney Certification

Speakers:
Charles Centinaro, Director
Office of Attorney Ethics
Daniel R. Hendi, Director and Counsel
New Jersey Fund for Client Protection
Carol Johnston, Esq.
AOC Professional Services, Trenton
Michelle M. Smith
Clerk of the Superior Court, New Jersey Courts

CLE: 1.8 ethics credits

Social Security Disability Practice: Quick Tips and Pointers
Young Lawyers Division (Special Interest Track)
This program provides a brief overview of what any Social Security practitioner needs to be successful at a Social Security hearing. It will review use of the Social Security listings, Grid Rules and the evidentiary requirements to demonstrate that your client can no longer perform any gainful and substantial activity.

Speaker:
Marc B. Samuelson, Esq.
Goldenberg Mackler Sayegh Mintz Pfeffer Bonchi & Gill, Atlantic City

NJ CLE: 1.8 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)

 11:30AM - 1:30PM - 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. 

Moderators/Speakers:
Paul P. Josephson, Esq.
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill
Christopher L. Soriano, Esq.
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill

Speakers:
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (20th District)
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

NJ CLE: 2.4 general credits
NY CLE: (Transitional and Non-transitional) 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 2.0 substantive credits pending ($8 check payable to NJICLE)