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Wednesday'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.

Wednesday, May 13th

1:00PM - 2:40PM - Borgata

The Intersection of Employment Law and Social Media - How to Avoid Enemies when Making “Friends”  
Law Office Management Committee (Law Office Management Track)
Recent surveys indicate both a great increase in social media communications by employees and employers’ significant and well-founded concerns about these communications. While policies help balance employers’ concerns with the reality of employee activity, the National Labor Relations Board has been vocal in its denouncement of employer attempts to reign in electronic and social discussions about certain workplace issues. When drafting policies, attorneys must be mindful of the interplay of social media use, recent legislation, NLRB decisions and the fact that social media has become a more frequent area for discovery in litigation.  This program will discuss all of the above, including developing case law in this area and what kinds of discovery requests stand muster. 

Christine S. Filip, Esq., President
Business Development Partners

Christine A. Amalfe, Esq.
Gibbons, PC, Newark
Galit Kierkut, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross, PC, Newark
Robert C. Lightman, Director of Business Development
Withum Smith + Brown, PC, Princeton

The Intersection of Gender and Race: A Program to Explore Gender and Racial Bias in the Law
Women in the Profession Section and Supreme Court Committee On Women In The Courts (Individual Rights Track)
As recognized in a survey conducted by the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Women in the Courts, women of color are more likely to experience bias and perceive unequal treatment in the Courts. This program will explore the unique disadvantages and implicit bias faced by women of color in the legal system.  The program will include vignettes to raise awareness of implicit bias and develop strategies for addressing the disadvantages presented by the intersection of gender and race.  

Emily A. Kaller, Esq.
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, Woodbridge
Linda Mainenti-Walsh, Esq.
Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, PC, Denville

The Increasing Threat of Heroin/Opiates
(Criminal Litigation Track)
This cutting-edge presentation will focus on the increasing heroin/opiates threat to New Jersey. Moderated by Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, the esteemed panel of experts will discuss ways that the various sectors of the legal field can work together to assist those suffering from addiction, while working collaboratively to decrease the supply of illicit substances.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman

Lieutenant Juan Colon
New Jersey State Police, Regional Operations Intelligence Center, Drug Monitoring Initiative
Larry L. Bembry, Esq.
New Jersey Office of The Public Defender
Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato
Ocean County Prosecutor
Steven C. Lee, Acting Director
N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs
Rebecca Ricigliano, Senior Advisor to the Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General

Ongoing Overlap of Family Law and Estate Planning
Family Law Section (Family Law Track)
Attorneys practicing family law and estate planning must prepare for the intersection of the two practice areas. Estate planners need to inform their clients a divorce often renders a previously prepared estate plan ineffective. Family lawyers need to recognize that protecting a divorcing client’s property involves meeting the client’s estate planning needs before, during, and after the divorce.

Ronald G. Lieberman, Esq.
Adinolfi & Lieberman, PA, Haddonfield
Beth C. Manes, Esq.
Beth C. Manes, LLC, Springfield

Hon. Anthony F. Picheca, J.S.C., Somerset
Hon. James S. LaCourte
Union County Surrogate
Christine C. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Lesnevich & Marzano-Lesnevich, LLC, Hackensack
Beatrice E. Kandell, Esq.
Skoloff & Wolfe, PC, Livingston

Real Estate Transactions from A to Z
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (Real Property Trust and Estate Track)
Representing a purchaser or seller of real property in New Jersey demands a special set of skills and knowledge. Join seasoned practitioners who will explore the many moving parts of this rapidly-changing specialty and learn the nuances that will protect your clients and get the deal closed.

Matthew Schiller, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Heather G. Suarez, Esq.
Walder Hayden & Brogan, PA, Roseland

1:00PM - 2:40PM - The Water Club
Ten (Plus) Ways to Stay out of Ethics Trouble
Solo and Small Firm Section (Ethics and Professionalism Track)
Seminar geared toward solo and small firm practitioners that focuses on ethics. This will be a detailed and practical discussion of the RPC’s and related case law concerning the top ways/reasons attorneys are disciplined and how to avoid the same. 

William C. Mack, Esq.
Law Office of William C. Mack, Lake Hopatcong
Robert W. McAndrew, Esq.
Law Office of Robert W. McAndrew, Cedar Knolls

Hot Tips for Hot Litigators
Civil Trial Bar Section and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (All Litigators Track)
Don't miss this popular yearly program on the latest tips and hottest topics important to all litigators.

Michael G. Donahue, III, Esq.
Stark & Stark, Lawrenceville

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, Esq.
Genova Burns, Newark
John Edward Gregory Jr., Esq.
Keefe Bartels, Red Bank
Craig S. Hilliard, Esq.
Stark & Stark, Lawrenceville
Jonathan H. Lomurro, Esq.
Lomurro Munson Comer Brown & Schottland, LLC, Freehold
Denise M. Luckenbach, Esq. 
Sellar Richardson, PC, Livingston
Michael P. Madden, Esq.
Madden & Madden, PA, Haddonfield
Diana C. Manning, Esq.
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., Newark
Chad M.  Moore, Esq.
Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, LLP, New Brunswick
Sheila Raftery Wiggins, Esq.
Duane Morris, LLP, Newark

Making Sense of Immigration Law-Getting Down to Business, Staying out of Trouble 
(Special Interest Track)
The program will cover 4-5 “hot” topics in immigration law (with a focus on President Obama’s Executive Order), including (i) Helping the employer navigate new policies supporting U.S. high-skilled workers under President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration; (ii) New procedures For municipal and criminal attorneys representing immigrant clients; (iii) The role of counsel in assisting a client or his/her employer when requesting deferred action under Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (“DAPA”) and the recently expanded Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) programs; (iv) The dilemma (and practical effect) of current backlogs of immigrant Visa numbers on certain employment-based Green Card applications – What does this all mean for the employer and the sponsored employee?

Scott R. Malyk, Esq.
Meyner & Landis, LLP, Newark
Michael Noriega, Esq.
Bramnick Law, Scotch Plains

Cyber Risks and Related Litigation in Insurance Issues 
Business Law Section and Insurance Law Section (Business and Tax Track)
Cyber risk is not a concern solely for the Amazons and Apples of the corporate world. Recent examples demonstrate that cyber risk can impact companies that do not consider cyberspace to be directly related to their business operations.  This panel of speakers provides a legal and practical overview of insurance coverage of cyber risks and related litigation.  Topics include: high profile examples; why potential damages and litigation costs make this an issue for the C-Suite level, Business Owners and service providers; significant court decisions on cyber-related claims;  how specialty insurance policies can address coverage gaps under “traditional” commercial or professional liability policies; trends;  practical considerations (such as mitigating risk from third-party service providers); and more. 

Nicholas Insua, Esq.
McCarter & English, LLP, Newark

Alice Turinas, Esq.
Turinas & Bird, LLC, Morristown
James Venezia
Phoenix Insurance Group, Inc, Chester
Steven D. Cantarutti, Esq.
Coughlin Duffy, LLP, Morristown
John P.  Scordo, Esq.
K & L Gates, Newark
Hey Mayor, Cut the Grass! Dealing with Abandoned Properties Through Rehabilitation, Redevelopment , Foreclosure and the Uniform Construction Code 
Local Government Law Section (Special Interest Track)

George M. Morris, Esq.
Parker McCay, Mt. Laurel

Eric M. Bernstein, Esq.
Eric M. Bernstein & Associates, Warren
Jorge Estrada, Esq., Special Counsel
City of Elizabeth
F. Clifford Gibbons, Esq.
Dolan and Dolan, PA, Newton
Kenneth Porro, Esq.
Wells Jaworski Liebman, LLP, Paramus
3:30PM - 5:10PM - Borgata
Trying a Marijuana (DRE) Case
Municipal Court Practice Section (Municipal Court Litigation Track)

Jon-Henry Barr, Esq. 
JH Barr & Associates, Clark
Steven W. Hernandez, Esq.
Law Office of Steven W. Hernandez, PC, Toms River

 2015 Update on School Law 
School Law Committee (Special Interest Track)

John G. Geppert Jr., Esq.
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC, Whippany
Michael F. Kaelber, Esq., Director, Legal, Policy and Labor Relations Services Department
New Jersey School Boards Association

Finding Meaning in the Practice-2015 Update
(Special Interest Track)
The program presents the predicates to assuring success and significance in the practice of law. Beginning with a return to first principles, the lecture will examine the core components of integrity-driven leadership so that what attorneys do can be reliably consistent with standards of professionalism. Prof. Franzese, drawing on lessons learned during her tenure as Special Ethics Counsel to New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Codey and then as Chair of the State Ethics Commission, examines best practices in furtherance of the public trust. Providing an answer to the cyncism of our time, the program issues a call to service as it encourages practitioners to remain mindful of their power and responsibiity. 

Paula A. Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law

Professional Ethics for the Real Estate Practitioner
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (Real Property Trust and Estate Track)
Ethical issues arise with increasing frequency in real estate transactions. Take advantage of this great opportunity to explore duties to clients as well as non-client, and to obtain a review as to the detection of fraud and forgery schemes and the impact of title insurance as to these issues.

Laurence J. Fineberg, Esq.
Fidelity National Title Group, East Brunswick
Russell M. Finestein, Esq.
Finestein & Malloy, Cranford

Women Who have Smashed the Glass Ceiling - A Can't Miss Program to Help You Get Your Clients and Yourselves to the Pinnacle of Success, Taught by Women Who Did It. 
Women in the Profession Section, LGBT Rights Section, Minorities in the Profession Section, Diversity Committee and Lawyers in Transition Committee (Individual Rights Track)
Women panelists who have achieved great success will relate their personal journeys and the issues that they confronted because they are women. These panelists will provide insight into how attorneys can better serve their clients with an emphasis on becoming more sensitive to their clients based upon a better understanding of the difficulties women face in the legal forum, job market and elsewhere. They will further provide key concepts for attorneys so that they can assist their clients to reach their full potential in their legal, business and personal lives.

Felice T. Londa, Esq.
Londa & Londa, Esqs., Elizabeth
Emily A. Kaller, Esq.
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge

Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, Supreme Court of New Jersey
Hon. Patricia K. Costello, A.J.S.C. (Ret.)
Senator Loretta Weinberg
Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, Acting Essex County Prosecutor 
Patricia A. Bell, Managing Director
Merrill Lynch

Hot Topics in Custody and Parenting Time  
Family Law Section (Family Law Track)

Sheryl Seiden, Esq.
Ceconi & Cheifitz, LLC, Summit
Michael A. Weinberg, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, PC, Haddonfield

Jeffrey Fiorello, Esq. 
Fiorello Puccio & Fiorello, LLC, Wayne
Francesca M. O’Cathain, Esq.
Lesnevich & Marzano-Lesnevich, LLC, Hackensack

Battleground New Jersey - Vanderbilt, Hague and Their Fight for Justice
(Special Interest Track)
New Jersey’s legal system was plagued with injustices from the time the system was established through the mid-twentieth century. In this special program, historian and author of Boardwalk Empire, Nelson Johnson, chronicles reforms to the system through the dramatic stories of Arthur T. Vanderbilt—the first chief justice of the state’s modern-era Supreme Court—and Frank Hague—legendary mayor of Jersey City. Two of the most powerful politicians in twentieth-century America, Vanderbilt and Hague clashed on matters of public policy and over the need to reform New Jersey’s antiquated and corrupt court system. Their battles made headlines and eventually led to legal reform, transforming New Jersey’s court system into one of the most highly regarded in America.

Hon. Nelson Johnson, Author
Boardwalk Empire and Battleground New Jersey
Ethics in Social Media
Professional Responsibility Committee (Ethics and Professionalism Track)

Arthur H. Saiewitz. Esq.
Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., Murray Hill

William Ferreira, Esq.
Ferreira Law, LLC, Morristown
Dana M. Van Leuven, Esq.
Law Office of David T. O’Sullivan, LLC, Morristown 
Steve M. Richman, Esq., NJ State Bar Foundation First Vice-President
Duane Morris, LLP, Cherry Hill
3:30PM - 5:10PM - The Water Club
Automobile Insurance Update 2015
Automobile Reparations Committee (Civil Litigation Track)
This popular seminar is back with the latest updates on automobile insurance.

Gerald H. Baker, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft PC, Springfield

Preparing and Presenting Your Witnesses for Depositions and Trial  
(Civil Litigation Track)
Experienced litigators will delve into proven methods for garnering testimony from the clients, lay witnesses and expert witnesses that effectively tells the story of the case and proves liability and damages issues. They will also discuss ways to effectively narrow the scope of testimony to what is most important and compelling. Additionally, the speakers will talk about preparing witnesses for cross examination and touch upon effective cross of experts on the other side. This seminar is appropriate for trial attorneys.

Andrew A. Fraser, Esq.
Laddey Clark & Ryan, LLP, Sparta
Lauren D. Fraser, Esq.
Laddey Clark & Ryan, LLP, Sparta
John P. Gilfillan, Esq. 
Carroll McNulty Kull, Basking Ridge 

Residential Real Estate Tax Appeals- The Basics
(Business and Tax Track)

Hon. Mary Siobhan Brennan, J.T.C., Trenton

Alex Paul Genato, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, PC, Princeton
Michael J. Gilmore, Esq.
Gilmore & Monahan, Toms River
Luigi A. Racanelli, Esq.
Is Your Firm Cyber Compliant? The Dangerous World of Law Firms in Cyber Space
Privacy Law Committee (Special Interest Track)
Liability is everywhere for law firms - small and large - who are now more than ever targeted as sources for concentrated repositories of confidential and proprietary client information.  Add cyber and data protection to the mix, and it can be an unclear and present danger.  Sound legal and insurance advice for lawyers can help to mitigate risk, but it cannot eliminate it.  For the remaining risk, insurance is a time tested mechanism to provide piece of mind and economic assurance that allows law firms to operate without being crippled by fear and uncertainty.  

The program takes the issue of Cyber Insurance from the perspectives of underwriting and compliance, namely - What does an insured prospect need to do to get its IT house so that the firm can get through underwriting without paying a fortune in premiums?  

Fernando M. Pinguelo, Esq. (CIPP/US)
Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC, Ocean

Matthew S. Adams, Esq. 
Fox Rothschild, Roseland