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Thursday'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.

Thursday, May 14th

8:00am - 9:15am - Borgata
Advanced Topics and Ethical Considerations for Property Tax Appeals 
Property Tax Subcommittee of the Taxation Law Section (Business and Tax Track)
This seminar goes beyond the basics to identify advanced topics and ethical considerations for experienced practitioners who handle tax appeals. 

Moderator/Speaker:
Jeffrey M. Gradone, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, PC, Princeton

Speakers:
Alex Paul Genato, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, PC, Princeton
Michael J. Gilmore, Esq.
Gilmore & Monahan, Toms River
Thomas M. Olson, Esq.
McKirdy & Riskin, PA, Morristown
William T. Rogers, III, Esq.
Skoloff & Wolfe, PC, Princeton

EPLI Insurance - How It Changes the Game
Dispute Resolution Section and Labor and Employment Law Section (Special Interest Track)
Learn the fundamentals of Employer Practices Liability Insurance and how it can impact your practice and the mediation of employment disputes. Join our roundtable discussion and gain valuable strategic and practical tips from the diverse perspectives of plaintiff’s counsel, defense counsel, experienced neutrals and EPLI carrier representatives. 

Speakers:
N. Janine Dickey, Esq., APM
Office of N. Janine Dickey, Bridgewater
Carol F. Laskin, Esq. 
Office of Carol F. Laskin, Cherry Hill

Fiduciary Litigation Update
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (Real Property Trust and Estate Track)
Representing executors, trustees and beneficiaries in disputes over trust and estate matters is complicated, technical and frequently unpredictable. Stay on top of the latest decisions, legislation and techniques with a panel of some of New Jersey’s foremost authorities on the subject.  

Speakers:
Steven K. Mignogna, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, PC, Haddonfield
Andrew DeMaio, Esq.
Neff Aguilar, LLC, Red Bank

Navigating Different Kinds of 'Adverseness' in Land Use--the Workshop, the Board, and the Court
Land Use Section (Special Interest Track)

Representing Clients in Municipal Court from Client Interview to Trial (A 101 Course)
Municipal Court Practice Section (Municipal Court Litigation Track)

Speakers:
Hon. Harry D. Norton, JMC
Allendale Municipal Court, Ho-Ho-Kus Municipal Court, Pascack Joint Municipal Court and Upper Saddle River Municipal Court
Jon-Henry Barr, Esq. 
JH Barr & Associates, Clark
Joshua Reinitz, Esq.
Iacullo Martino, LLC, Nutley
Barbara Ungar. Esq.
Law Office of Barbara Unger, New Brunswick

Family Law Matters Involving LGBT Litigants - Promoting Fairness in the Law 
Family Law Section (Family Law Track)

Moderator/Speaker: 
Stephanie Frangos Hagan, Esq. 
Donohue Hagan Klein & Weisberg, LLC, Morristown

Speakers: 
Justice Virginia Long (Ret.)
Fox Rothschild, LLP, Princeton 
Hon. Karen M. Cassidy, A.J.S.C., Union County
Hon. Donald A. Kessler, J.S.C., Essex County
Robyn Gigl, Esq.
Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl, LLP
Emily A. Kaller, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Asaf Orr, Esq.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Nina C. Remson, Esq. 
Nina C. Remson, Attorney at Law, LLC, Hackensack
Linda Mainenti-Walsh, Esq. 
Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, PC, Denville

Better Cheaper Faster
Young Lawyers Division (Young Lawyers Track)
Better Cheaper Faster. These are the demands on today’s busy attorneys. But how can you deliver all three to your clients at the same time? The answer is technology-by integrating the right technology and processes into your law practice, you can create better work product, and get more done in less time. And if it takes you less time, you can do it for less. Come to this session and learn from a panel of busy YLD litigators who can show you not only what you need, but how to use it. We’ll cover must-have hardware & software, the most efficient workflows for busy attorneys, and how to provide the best possible product to your clients. In this session, we’ll show you why the modern law office isn’t about having the newest, shiniest iThing; it’s about having the tools you need to work efficiently so you can provide the best client service. 

Speakers:
Joseph A. Bahgat, Esq.
Hubcity Law Group, New Brunswick
Jonathan H. Lomurro, Esq.
Lomurro Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC, Freehold

Women’s Rainmaking and Ethics Forum
Women in the Profession Section and Lawyers in Transition Committee (Lawyers in Transition Track)
Women have made great strides in the legal profession but the single most important aspect of success is a robust book of business. We will come together and explore ethical and business considerations unique to business development by women. An experienced business development professional will empower and inspire us to succeed.  The program is enhanced by information on the ethics of legal marketing and business development to ensure women are putting their best feet forward on the road to success. 

Moderator:
Deborah B. Tesser, Esq.
Today's Practice Consulting, LLC

Speakers:

Robert W. McAndrew, Esq.
Law Office of Robert W. McAndrew, Cedar Knolls
Kimberly Alford Rice                            
KLA Marketing Associates, Cherry Hill
   
8:30am – 9:45am - The Water Club
Hot Topics in Insurance Defense 2015
Insurance Defense Committee (Civil Litigation Track)
Don’t miss this important update on the latest issues in insurance law. 

Moderator:
Jeffrey W. Mazzola, Esq.
Law Office of William E. Staehle, Morristown

Speakers:
Ellen Nunno Corbo, Esq.
Taylor Colicchio, LLP, Princeton
Thomas E. Lenahan, Jr., Esq. 

Lenahan & Rockwell, Bridgewater
Denise M. Luckenbach, Esq.
Sellar Richardson, PC, Livingston
William H. Mergner Jr., Esq.
Leary Bride Tinker & Moran, PC, Cedar Knolls

Latest Developments in Class Action Litigation
Class Action Litigation Committee (Civil Litigation Track)
This program will discuss the latest developments in class action litigation. Topics will include the developing doctrine of ascertainability and how it will be treated by the New Jersey State courts, developments in construing arbitration contracts with class action waivers, developments in TCCWNA litigation, applicability under Rule 23(f) of preliminary approval of orders of class action settlements and more. 

Speakers: 
Jeffrey J. Greenbaum, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross
Bruce D. Greenberg, Esq.
Lite DePalma Greenberg

Billing Fundamentals: The Rules, Ethical Considerations and Practicalities of Billing Your Clients
(Law Office Management Track)
This seminar will address the applicable Court Rules and RPCs. It will also offer practical considerations regarding timekeeping, billing formats and getting paid.

Speakers:    
Anthony M. Carlino, Esq., Member, NJ Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law  
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Ridgewood
Florina A. Moldovan, Esq.
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Ridgewood
       
White Collar Crime
Criminal Law Section (Criminal Litigation Track)

Moderator/Speaker:
Robert J. Brass, Esq.
Aloia Law Firm, LLC, Bloomfield

Speakers:
Hon. Mitzy Galis-Menendez, J.S.C., Hudson
Hon. Siobhan Teare, J.S.C., Essex
Ronald Chillemi, Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey 
Brandon D. Minde, Esq. 
Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, PC
Mary Frances Palisano, Esq.
Gibbons PC, Newark
Michael A. Saccomanno, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CDFA
Friedman, LLP, Marlton

10:00am - 11:15am - Borgata
Attorney Trust and Business Accounting
Law Office Management Committee (Law Office Management Track)
Are you ready for a random audit of your Attorney Trust, Attorney Business and Fiduciary Accounts? Don't miss this opportunity to hear what happens during an audit by the Office of Attorney Ethics. With over 31 years with the Office of Attorney Ethics Random Audit Program, Mimi Lakind, Esq., conducts random compliance audits of attorney trust, business and fiduciary accounts for conformance with New Jersey Court Rules and the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Speaker:
Mimi Lakind, Esq.
Office of Attorney Ethics, Trenton

The Mind, the Money and the Rules   
Lawyers in Transition Committee (Lawyers in Transition Track)
Thinking about a transition in your practice? Looking to take an alternative path with your legal career? Considering retirement and winding down your practice? Learn how to make the decision, consider the financial strategies and assess the ethical rules from lawyers and professionals who specialize in these decisions for your career change. This seminar will discuss the issues that lawyers must consider as they undertake these major changes in their practice. 

Speakers:
Mike Mooney, Vice President, Bar Association Programs
USI Affinity, Philadelphia
David B. Rubin, Esq.
Office of David B. Rubin, PC,  Metuchen
Nancy Stek, LCADC, Associate Director
NJLAP, New Brunswick

DWI Update 
Municipal Court Practice Section (Municipal Court Litigation Track)

Speaker:
Jeffrey E. Gold, Esq. 
Law Offices of Jeff Gold & Associates, PC, Cherry Hill

Effective Settlement Techniques
(Civil Litigation Track)
Experts from the plaintiff’s bar, defense bar and the judiciary discuss how to effectively prepare for a settlement conference and how to effectively mediate after one.  

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, J.S.C., Bergen

Speakers:
Justice Roberto A. Rivera-Soto, (former)
Ballard Spahr LLP, Cherry Hill
Hon. Peter F. Bariso Jr., A.J.S.C., Hudson
Gerald H. Baker, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, Springfield
Ralph J. Lamparello, Esq., NJSBA Immediate Past-President
Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, Secaucus

Trials in Landlord Tenant Court
(Civil Litigation Track)
In just 75 short minutes, a panel of highly experienced practitioners and judges will provide you with step by step guidance on how to handle a “typical” case in Landlord Tenant Court. You will receive valuable “practice pointers” from attorneys who represent landlords, attorneys who represent tenants and judges who decide the cases.  The “tips” you receive will enable you to represent your clients not only more effectively, but also more efficiently.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Lawrence Maron, J.S.C., Passaic

Speakers:
Hon. Hany A. Mawla, J.S.C.,  Somerset
Hon. Ned Rosenberg, J.S.C., Essex
Gregory G. Diebold, Esq.
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, Jersey City
Tracey Goldstein, Esq.
Feinstein Raiss Kelin & Booker, LLC, Livingston
Bruce E. Gudin, Esq.
Ehrlich Petriello Gudin & Plaza, PC, Newark
Eilleen Ingram-Willis, Esq.  
Jersey City Housing Authority, Jersey City

10:30am - 11:45am - The Water Club
Updates to Clean Energy Legislation and Policy in New Jersey
Renewable Energy Cleantech and Climate Change Committee (Special Interest Track)

Speakers:
Tricia Caliguire, Esq. 
McCarter & English, LLP, Newark

Navigating Removal and Remand in the New Jersey State and Federal Courts
Federal Practice and Procedure Section (Civil Litigation Track)
Experts will discuss what cases are removable; timing and deadlines associated with removal; technicalities and/or potential impediments to removal including a discussion of the forum defendant rule, multiple defendants and consent: motions for remand, process in federal court once removed; and process in state court if remanded.

Moderator/Speaker:
Kerri Chewning, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, PC, Haddonfield

Speakers:
Chief Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr., U.S.D.J. (Ret.)
Hon. Maria Sypek (Ret.)
Keith J. Miller, Esq.
Robinson Wettre & Miller, LLC, Newark

New Jersey’s New Complex Business Litigation Program
Business Law Section (Business and Tax Track)
New Jersey’s new complex business litigation program became effective on Jan. 1, 2015. The panel, which includes members of the Supreme Court’s Working Group on Business Litigation, will discuss the program and its impact on business litigation in New Jersey.

Speakers:
Hon. Peter Doyne, AJSC, Bergen County
Hon. Katie A. Gummer, J.S.C., Monmouth County
David R. Kott, Esq.
McCarter & English, Newark
Betsy G. Ramos, Esq.
Capehart and Scatchard, PA, Mt. Laurel
Elizabeth J. Sher, Esq.
Day Pitney, LLP, Parsippany

Receiverships and Other Court Appointed Agents - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Equity Jurisprudence Committee (Civil Litigation Track)
The seminar will address when and under what circumstances judges appoint receivers and other similar agents. It will address the duties of a receiver to an entity in receivership and its creditors. 

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Thomas P. Olivieri (Ret.)
Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, Secaucus

Speakers:
Hon. Robert P. Contillo, P.J. Ch., Bergen
Hon. Margaret Mary McVeigh, P.J.Ch., Passaic County
Hon. Walter Koprowski Jr.,  P.J. Ch., Essex
Stuart Reiser, Esq.
Shapiro Croland Reiser Apfel & DiIorio, LLP, Hackensack
Andrea J. Sullivan, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge

1:00pm - 2:15pm - Borgata
The Municipal Court Bench/Bar Conference 
Municipal Court Practice Section (Municipal Court Litigation Track)

Speakers:
Hon. Cataldo F. Fazio, J.M.C., Hoboken

Civility in Entertainment Law...and Elsewhere
Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section (Ethics and Professionalism Track)
An attorney can lose a case in the conference room as well as the courtroom. A lawyer’s demeanor, temperament and professionalism can help seal a deal or escalate a hotly contested issue.  

Hear from Ron Bienstock, a legendary recording industry attorney and musician, George Dassinger, professor and former head of Elektra Records and David Gold, a prominent attorney for arts and entertainment organizations as they explore ethical issues in the entertainment law industry. Together, they will address ethical quandaries faced when negotiating contracts and other transactions, as well as issues arising in the context of litigation. Hear specific instances of how professionalism in the face of adversity enabled them to win millions of dollars for their clients and earned the respect of clients and adversaries alike. This program will have appeal to all practitioners since the ethical issues to be addressed can arise in a variety of settings.  

Speakers:
Ronald S.  Bienstock, Esq.
Bienstock & Michael, P.C., Hackensack
David S. Gold, Esq.
Cole Schotz, Hackensack
Prof. George Dassinger from WPU

Human Trafficking
Women in the Profession Section and Criminal Law Section (Individual Rights Track)
Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery for forced labor and sexual exploitation, affects millions of women and  children around the world. The U.S. Department of Justice has identified human trafficking as one of the fastest growing criminal activities. New Jersey, as a key transportation hub, is recognized as a prime location for human trafficking. This program addresses the impact of human trafficking with a look at the laws passed to address it as well as indicia to assist lawyers and judges in detecting victims of human trafficking who may appear as defendants in ordinary criminal matters. 

Moderators:
Stephanie G. Reckord, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge

Speakers:
Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Wanda M. Akin, Esq.
Wanda M. Akin & Associates, Newark

The Right to Trial by Jury: Arbitration and Exculpatory Clause
(Civil Litigation Track)
Moderator/Speaker:
Gerald H. Baker, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft PC, Springfield

Speakers:
Justice Barry T. Albin, Supreme Court of New Jersey
Hon. Douglas Fasciale, J.A.D.
Hon. John E. Harrington, J.S.C., Burlington
Saul G. Gruber, Esq.
The Gruber Law Firm, LLC, Mt. Laurel

Estate Planning 101
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (Real Property Trust and Estate Track)
New Jersey residents face a myriad of challengers when planning how their wealth is to be passed on to their loved ones when they die. Learn why there is “no such thing as a simple will,” and explore the issues surrounding the use of trusts for asset preservation and tax planning. Advance directives for health care and durable powers of attorney will be covered as well.

Speakers:
Joseph P. Scorese, Esq.
Harwood Lloyd, LLC, Hackensack
Mary Patricia Magee, Esq.
Neff Aguilar, LLC, Red Bank

Using Motions In Limine to Win at Trial
(Civil Litigation Track)
Motions in limine are often misunderstood or underutilized but are important tools for civil litigators. Join experienced litigators as they review the uses of these motions and specific ways in which they helped them win their cases. 

Moderator:
Robert B. Hille, NJSBA Second Vice-President
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown

Speakers:

Craig M. Aronow, Esq.
Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, LLP, New Brunswick
John E. Keefe Jr., Esq., NJSBA Treasurer
Keefe Bartels LLC, Red Bank
William H. Mergner Jr., Esq.
Leary Bride Tinker & Moran, PC, Cedar Knolls

1:00pm - 2:15pm - The Water Club
Parenting Time in a Plane
Aviation Law Committee (Special Interest Track)
To what extent will the court allow one parent (pilot) to exercise parenting time in a small plane where the other party (non-pilot) objects. The ramifications are significant. Just some of the issues are: what is the purpose of the exercise, i.e., transportation and/or recreation; general experience of the pilot; specific experience of the pilot in the proposed plane; is the plane owned by the pilot; what is the history of the pilot with the particular plane proposed; what has been the maintenance on that plane; is that plane a safe form of transportation or entertainment; is there other transportation available; who is going to testify; what are the experts’ qualifications, etc.

Moderator/Speaker:
Laurence J. Cutler, Esq.
Laufer, Dalena, Cadicina, Jensen & Boyd, LLC, Morristown 

Speaker:
John D. Murray, Esq.
Murray & Murray, Randolph

Contractors Beware - Remedies Available to Contractors for Non-Payment on P3 Projects
Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and Construction Law Section (Special Interest Track)
This seminar will focus on the remedies available to contractors for non-payment of work performed on P3 projects including, without limitation, rights available under the Municipal Mechanics’ Lien Law, Construction Lien Law, and the Trust Fund Act and Bond Act. The speakers will discuss prior cases as well as the case that the Supreme Court of New Jersey agreed to hear involving a contractor’s lien rights on P3 projects. 

Speakers:
Charles F. Kenny, Esq.
Peckar & Anderson, PC, River Edge
Gary F. Werner, Esq.
Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP, Florham Park
Louis A. Modugno, Esq.
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown 
Greg Trif, Esq. 
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown

Collecting Your Legal Fees in Federal and State Court 
(All Litigators Track)
Collecting your fees shouldn’t be a roll of the dice. Join this distinguished panel as they delve into the issue of collecting legal fees. Topics include fees in federal matters such as class actions and shareholder derivative suits, state matters such as New Jersey Rules and the RPC’s, lodestar calculations and more.

Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Harriet Derman, J.S.C. (Ret.)
DiFrancesco Bateman Coley Yospin Kunzman Davis & Lehrer, PC, Warren 

Speakers:
Hon. Madeline Cox Arleo
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark
Hon. Susan D. Wigenton
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark
Hon. Freda L. Wolfson
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Trenton
Hon. Frank M. Ciuffani, P.J.Ch., Middlesex
Hon. Walter Koprowski, Jr., P.J. Ch., Essex County
Allison Segal, Esq. 
DiFrancesco Bateman Coley Yospin Kunzman Davis & Lehrer, PC, Warren

Ethical Client Communication and Mobile Devices
Paralegal Committee (Ethics and Professionalism Track)

Volunteer as You Transition Your Career 
Lawyers in Transition Committee and Pro Bono Committee (Lawyers in Transition Track)
What’s going on in your career right now? Whether you are gainfully employed or looking for work, you are in a career transition and everyone in transition can improve their career through volunteering. This program will focus on the benefits of pro bono work and how volunteering allows you to choose your spotlight and pursue a passion. Learn how to be strategic in a way that is different from the traditional job search and to do well by doing good. 

Moderator/Speaker:
Lauren E. Caeser, Esq.
Law Office of Lauren E. Caeser, Matawan

Speakers:
Sandra L. Kroll, Esq.
Parker McKay , PA, Mt. Laurel
Diane K. Smith, Executive Director
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Inc., Somerville
Making the NJ Family Collaborative Law Act Part of Your Practice
Dispute Resolution Section and Family Law Section (Special Interest Track)
This will describe the Act, what a collaborative case looks like, the similarities and differences with litigation and mediation, and the future of Collaborative Law. 

Moderator/Speaker: 
Anna-Maria Pitella, Esq.
Law Office of Anna-Maria Pitella, Esq., Red Bank

Speakers:
Amy Zylman Shimalla, Esq.
Shimalla Wechsler Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, Warren
Linda L. Piff, Esq.
Law Office of Linda L. Piff, LLC, Wall
Shireen Meistrich, LCSW
Jeffrey Urbach, MBA, CFE, CVA, CPA/ABV/Cff
Urbach Avraham, Edison

3:00pm - 4:15pm - Borgata
Ethics and the Trial Lawyer
(Civil Litigation Track)
Moderator/Speaker:
Gerald H. Baker, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft PC, Springfield

Speakers:
Hon. Marie Lihotz, J.A.D.
Michael A. Ferrara, Esq.
The Ferrara Law Firm, Cherry Hill
Eric G. Kahn, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft PC, Springfield
Kathleen M.  Reilly, Esq.
Brady, Brady & Reilly, LLC, Kearny

The Unwritten Rules of Client Representation Part 2 - The Impact of Cultural Customs, Religion, Cross-Border and Foreign Legal Systems and Foreign Laws on Our Courts. 
(Special Interest Track)
Back by popular demand! This is the continuation of last year’s standing-room-only seminar with more scenarios and hypotheticals.


New Jersey is more diverse and the world more easily traveled than ever. The most successful lawyers understand the intersection of state law, international law and their client’s expectations.  

This practical seminar is the same program that the Hon. Sohail Mohammed presented to the members of the judiciary at the New Jersey Judicial College. This seminar will go beyond the black-letter law by examining the realities of daily life for your clients, opening a window into their lives and enabling you to become a better advisor, advocate and litigator. 

Speaker:
Hon. Sohail Mohammed, J.S.C., Passaic County

Fear in the Practice of Law        
NJ Lawyers Assistance Program (Ethics and Professionalism Track)

Speakers:
Justice Helen E. Hoens, Supreme Court of New Jersey (former)
Hon. Katharine S. Hayden
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Thomas Curtin, Esq., NJSBA Past President

Graham Curtin, PA, Morristown
Joseph A. Hayden Jr., Esq.
Walder Hayden, PA, Roseland
William John Kane, Esq., Director
New Jersey Lawyers Assistance

Supreme Court Year in Review 2015
(All Litigators Track)
New Jersey Supreme Court Justices each discuss significant cases that have come before them in the areas of civil, criminal and family law. The program includes special commentary by Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr., chair of the New Jersey Conference of Criminal Presiding Judges, Hon. Jeanne T. Covert, and Chair of the Children in Court Committee of the Conference of Family Division Presiding Judges Hon. Deborah J. Venezia. 


Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Peter F. Bariso, Jr., A.J.S.C., Hudson

Speakers:
Justice Barry T. Albin, Supreme Court of New Jersey
Justice Anne M. Patterson, Supreme Court of New Jersey 
Justice Lee A. Solomon, Supreme Court of New Jersey 
Hon. Jeanne T. Covert, P.J.Cr., Burlington
Hon. Deborah J. Venezia, P.J.F.P., Middlesex

Modern Family – LGBT Issues In Family Law
Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section and Family Law Section (Family Law Track)
This session will focus on the unique issues that practitioners should be aware of in representing a gay, lesbian or transgender client. It will include a cultural competency overview, as well as how to deal with resolving the multiple relationships LGBT couples may have (domestic partnership, civil union and marriage), equitable distribution issues, the need for some couples in civil unions to get married to reach an equitable divorce, multiple parent families and related issues. 

Moderator/Speaker:
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq.
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater

Speakers:
Honorable Katherine R. Dupuis, P.J.S.C., Union County
Honorable Peter J. Melchionne,  J.S.C., Bergen County
Jodi Argentino, Esq.
Argentino & Jacobs, LLC, Rockaway
Robyn B. Gigl, Esq.
Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl, LLP
Debra E. Guston, Esq., CAE
Guston & Guston, LLP, Glen Rock
Amy Zylman Shimalla, Esq.
Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, Warren

A New Beginning: Prisoner Reentry Training for Lawyers
Young Lawyers Division (Young Lawyers Track)

Speakers will include:
Governor James E. McGreevey, Executive Director
Jersey City Employment & Training Program


Marketing and Ethics 2015: Maximizing Results While Avoiding Liability
Law Office Management Committee (Law Office Management Track)
Don’t run afoul of the ethics rules! This is an up-to-the-minute review of ethics rules, cases and procedures pertaining to attorney advertising. 

Moderator/Speaker:
Christine S. Filip, Esq., President
Business Development Partners

Speakers:
Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Carol Johnston, Esq.
AOC Professional Services ,Trenton

3:00pm - 4:15pm - The Water Club
Please Don’t Shoot My Dog! Defending Animal and Human Rights in Law Enforcement 
Animal Law Committee (Special Interest Track)
This program will explore the use of force against companion animals with a specific look at the bias against pit bulls and, as a result, their owners. A panel of experts will ask: When is the use of force by police officers against companion animals appropriate? How can officers be better trained to prevent injury to the officer while avoiding the unnecessary killing of dogs? Are use of force guidelines adequate? We will also discuss civil remedies/lawsuits for owners whose dogs were shot. 

Speakers:
Sherry Ramsey, Esq., Director of Animal Cruelty Prosecutions 
Humane Society of the United States
William J. Zaorski, JD
Former Deputy Attorney General

Perspectives on the Business Judgment Rule
Business Law Section (Business and Tax Track) 
A corporate lawyer, a litigator and a judge offer their own perspectives on dealing with the business judgment rule. Topics will include: how to advise the corporate client and shareholder, issues in litigating disputes arising from application of the rule and how the court resolves the conflict. 

Speakers:
Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto (former)
Ballard Spahr, LLP, Cherry Hill
Steven J. Eisenstein, Esq.
Lum Drasco Positan, LLC, Roseland
Richard A. Beran, Esq.
McCarter & English, Newark

The Going and Coming Rule-Has It Come and Gone?
Workers' Compensation Section (Workers' Compensation Track)
Although New Jersey basically subscribes to the “Premises Rule”, meaning employment begins and ends when an employee arrives and leaves the premises, we have seen an expansion and contraction of the rule over the years through numerous court decisions. We intend to deliver an overview of these decisions, ending with the most recent court cases.

Speakers:
Steven J. Currenti, Esq.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers Compensation Law Attorney
Law Offices of William E. Staehle, Morristown
Kristin Schoenberg, Esq.  
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers Compensation Law Attorney
Law Offices of William E. Staehle, Morristown

Estate and Gift Tax Update
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (Real Property Trust and Estate Track)
This yearly program by the stellar team of Greenberg and Henkel provides critical knowledge and insight in the ever-changing word of individual estate planning. Join them in their annual discussion of recent and important legislation and cases involving Federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax as well as New Jersey’s estate and inheritance tax. 

Speakers:
Richard H. Greenberg, Esq.
Greenberg & Schulman, Attorneys at Law, Woodbridge
Glen A. Henkel, Esq.
Kulzer & DiPadova, P.A., Haddonfield

Getting to “Yes” in Mediation—and Staying There!
(Civil Litigation Track)
Five distinguished retired judges, currently performing mediation services, share their many insights as to the road markers along the pathway to successful mediations: Who should mediate, who should not; How and when to speak to the mediator; Joint opening session or not; Presentation of your client’s position, how soon, how much, how candid; What to do when the music stops; Crafting the settlement terms; Ethical questions—and much more!


Moderator/Speaker:
Hon. Deanne M. Wilson (Ret.)
Resolutions, LLC, Mendham

Speakers:
Hon. Glenn Berman (Ret.) 
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Hon. James D. Clyne (Ret.)
Benchmark Resolution Services, LLC, New Egypt
Hon. Harriet Derman, J.S.C. (Ret.)
DiFrancesco Bateman Coley Yospin Kunzman Davis & Lehrer, PC, Warren 
Hon. Thomas P. Olivieri (Ret.)
Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, Secaucus

Recent Developments Affecting Women in the Workplace
Women in the Profession Section (Individual Rights Track)
The program will discuss new legislation (state and federal) affecting women in employment. Specifically, the panelists will provide an overview of laws impacting topics such as equal pay, pregnancy discrimination and domestic violence leave.

Moderator/Speaker:
Stephanie G. Reckord, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge

Speakers:
Hon. Margaret Goodzeit, P.J.F.P., Somerset
Hon. Douglas Wolfson, J.S.C., Middlesex
Ebonee Hamilton Lewis, Esq., Employment Counsel/Law Group
Becton Dickinson and Company, Franklin Lakes
Dina M. Mastellone, Esq.
Genova Burns, LLC, Newark