Trustees welcome a new member; tackle legislation; welcome featured speakers

By NJSBA Staff posted 02-13-2018 10:59


The NJSBA's Board of Trustees met Feb. 9 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick to address a range of issues. David L. Wikstrom was sworn in as a new trustee from Union County, the board approved a pair of nationally recognized speakers to take part in upcoming CLE seminars and took positions on pending legislation.

Here’s a look at what happened:

New trustee: The board welcomed a new trustee. David L. Wikstrom was sworn in to fill the Union County seat on the Board of Trustees. The seat became vacant after Marc Brown became a Superior Court judge. Wikstrom is a shareholder with Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.

Featured speakers: The trustees agreed to bring two nationally respected speakers to New Jersey for continuing legal education seminars. Michael P. Cash, a corporate lawyer who has represented Exxon Mobil, PetSmart and others, will speak about trial tips, tactics and tales from the corporate counsel world. In addition, Samuel D. Hodge will offer medicine for lawyers. Hodge teaches law and anatomy at Temple University and is the author of several books about the intersection of law and medicine. Information about the programs will be available soon at

Legislation: The association will oppose pending legislation (A-289) that provides civil immunity to licensed health care professionals who provide care at health care facilities for no compensation. It will support two measures, including a bill (A-864) that expands the types of abusive actions that constitute domestic violence; and a measure (S-1007) that prohibits unfair discrimination in issuing or rating life insurance policies based on transgender status or certain gender identity information.

An earlier version stated that the New Jersey State Bar Association's Board of Trustees voted to support A-289, which provides civil immunity to licensed healthcare professionals who provide care at healthcare facilities for no compensation. In fact, the board voted to opposed the bill.