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Long-time Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law section Board Member, Terence Camp of Budd Larner, P.C. in Short Hills met with Congressman Leonard Lance (7 th District) on October 18.  Camp, a member of the Recording Academy, was joined by six other members (songwriters, producers and engineers) for the Academy’s “District Advocate Day.”  Among attendees was disco legend, Gloria Gaynor, of Green Brook.  Gaynor, particularly known for her massive hit, “I Will Survive,” continues to tour internationally. Camp and his team provided review and advocacy on behalf of pending, federal legislation that supports music creator rights. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2017 ...
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The time is now to tell legislations you support A1982, which would provide critical stability and predictability to professional malpractice cases, protect consumers and put all professionals on a level playing field. New Jersey professionals deserve fairness in professional malpractice, small businesses deserve a boost, and consumers deserve the protections this legislation has to offer. Email your legislator today here. Find out more about A1982 here .
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Viacom, Inc. and Charter Communications may have finally reached an agreement to continue offering Viacom’s cable networks on Charter’s Spectrum cable service. Sources say that the contract between the two parties expired Sunday. Their mutual agreement, although temporary, would give Spectrum subscribers continued access to Viacom’s networks without penalty and until contract terms are finalized. The future of cable network hangs in the balance if an agreement is not met. To learn more about the Viacom/Charter Communications contract dispute click on the link below.  http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/viacom-charter-carriage-deal-1202592818
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One was just 13, and the other merely 11, but early exposure to the power of the law had a lasting impact on the two judges honored Wednesday at the association’s Diverse Judges’ Reception. In a presentation at the New Jersey Law Center, U.S. District Chief Judge Jose L. Linares was recognized with the association’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the Federal Practice and Procedure Section of the NJSBA. Superior Court Judge Charles W. Dortch Jr. was honored with the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award from the Diversity Committee. ‘The law could make a positive change’ Dortch was 11 when he became one of the first African-American children to attend ...
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CAPITOL REPORT This is a status report provided by the New Jersey State Bar Association on recently passed and pending legislation, regulations, gubernatorial nominations and/or appointments of interest to lawyers, as well as the involvement of the NJSBA as amicus in appellate court matters. To learn more, visit njsba.com. Lame Duck Watch: Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick As this session comes to a close, the New Jersey State Bar Association asked legislators to provide their insight on what to expect in this lame duck session. This week, the NJSBA spoke to Republican minority leader Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Here’s what he had to say. What ...
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CAPITOL REPORT This is a status report provided by the New Jersey State Bar Association on recently passed and pending legislation, regulations, gubernatorial nominations and/or appointments of interest to lawyers, as well as the involvement of the NJSBA as amicus in appellate court matters. To learn more, visit njsba.com . Appellate Division to Reconsider Standing to File Portee Claim The Appellate Division will consider, on the merits, the familial relationship requirement to file a Portee claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress. The NJSBA participated as amicus curaie in the initial interlocutory appeal and submitted a brief in support ...
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Frank Casey, along with his colleagues Harry Markopolos and Neil Chelo, spent nearly a decade trying to get the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to take a closer look at the business dealings of Bernard Madoff, a financier with the reputation of Midas among his investors. Their warnings, we now know, went unheeded. In Dec. 2008, Madoff turned himself in to authorities and the world learned what Casey and his colleagues had long suspected: the so-called financial wizard was a sham. Indeed, he was the perpetrator of the largest Ponzi scheme in history, having defrauded thousands of investors of tens of billions of dollars over nearly two decades. In 2009, ...
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The latest session of the Leadership Academy presented information to assist the fellows in finding work/life balance in the law. The information was presented by six speakers, four of whom were female attorneys, who provided both practical tips on the personal and professional obligation we should all seek for individual self-discovery and assessment. As an attorney who has been practicing for 24 years, I found their shared insights and experience refreshingly honest and consistent with my own experiences. In summary, we were presented with these simple truths: We all must determine who we are and what we need; make choices consistent with our value system; ...
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Using the skills we have honed as trained advocates and giving back to at-risk individuals and groups who face a legal problem and cannot afford to hire an attorney is a fundamental part of being a New Jersey attorney. The spirit of volunteerism of NJSBA members is evident in many ways. It is apparent in the thousands of hours of service members give to the association each year planning and participating in meetings to address issues important to the profession and justice system. It is apparent in their participation in amicus matters and in offering expert testimony in Trenton. It is reflected in the generosity of our members who helped raise thousands ...
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This is a status report provided by the New Jersey State Bar Association on recently passed and pending legislation, regulations, gubernatorial nominations and/or appointments of interest to lawyers, as well as the involvement of the NJSBA as  amicus  in appellate court matters. To learn more, visit njsba.com . Drafted NJSBA Bills to Watch As another legislative session comes to a close, a flurry of activity is expected in the Legislature. The New Jersey State Bar Association has several bills drafted by its members that will be on the move in the upcoming months. Professional Liability Bill (A-1982-Prieto) As the association’s priority legislation, ...
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With so many natural disasters and such uncertainty in the world today, there is no better time than now for lawyers to consider pro bono service. The October issue of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s bi-monthly magazine provides practitioners with everything they need to pursue pro bono work, whether simply to meet the requirements to get a Madden exemption or to delve deeper into public service. “ Pro bono outreach takes many forms, and the articles in this edition offer a comprehensive review of pro bono opportunities, including representation of children with special needs, immigration matters, how to help veterans, landlord-tenant cases, ...
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A founding partner of one of the state’s largest law firms and the counsel to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the district of New Jersey will receive top honors for professionalism this fall. Edward Deutsch, of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, will receive this year’s Daniel J. O’Hern Award. John M. Fietkiewicz, who is the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s criminal professional responsibility officer and oversees the trial supervision program, is this year’s Charles J. Hollenbeck Award winner. Both awards are presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, a collaborative of the state and federal courts, the New Jersey State Bar Association ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation believes that “informed citizens are better citizens.” To keep citizens informed, the foundation has launched three blogs—“The Informed Citizen,” “The Legal Eagle Lowdown” and “The Respect Rundown.” New posts are being added regularly at njsbf.org . Here’s what you’ll find: Informing Citizens The Informed Citizen is a civics blog. It will tackle civics-related topics with the goal of sharing information about how the Founding Fathers created the nation and what every citizen’s rights are under the U.S. Constitution. The first post explained the 17th Amendment and the “consent of the governed.” Future posts will explore ...
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by Brett Yore When you ask someone to define leadership, the answer will likely be something along the lines of “leading others toward a goal.” To some, the inquiry may end there, but what about the other questions surrounding leadership—how and when should it be demonstrated? Those questions and more were explored at the first session of New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2017-18 Leadership Academy. The academy was created to raise the level of awareness and engagement regarding concerns facing the legal profession. Its purpose is to provide skills to lawyers, many with diverse backgrounds, in hopes that they become future leaders within the legal community. ...
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There is still time to register for our upcoming Media Content Counselors Roundtable CLE on September 19, 2017 from 6:00-8:10pm at the offices of Scarinci Hollenbeck in Lyndhurst NJ.  Registration and other information about the program can be found at the NJSBA website.
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By Emily Kelchen As I write this, the first week of the NFL season is underway and the first meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2017-18 Leadership Academy class has just taken place. I am humbled to be participating in the latter this year, and as I revealed during the academy’s two truths and a lie icebreaker, I am an NFL team owner (Go Pack Go!), so the former is important to me as well. Some of the commentary during the Packers win against the Seahawks on Sunday got me thinking about a few of the things that were mentioned during the Leadership Academy meeting held earlier in the week, so I’m jotting them down to share with you. Green ...
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By Michael Noriega and Scott Malyk Editor’s note: The authors are the incoming chair and chair of the NJSBA’s Immigration Law Section, respectively. On Tuesday, September 5, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be phased out in six months if Congress fails to act on its own to pass immigration legislation. As initially designed, the DACA program provided administrative relief from removal/deportation to eligible immigrant youth who entered the United States when they were children (also known as Dreamers). As part of the DACA petitioning process, an applicant was required to demonstrate, ...
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Following Spotify’s class action settlement, a lawsuit has been filed by those who opted-out of the settlement alleging copyright infringement of their musical compositions. Like the class action that preceded it, the lawsuit alleges Spotify is violating the reproduction rights of publishers and songwriters. According to Spotify’s motion for a more definitive statement from the plaintiffs, they contend that streaming doesn’t implicate either the reproduction or distribution rights under copyright law. Spotify argues that courts have held there is a distinction between streaming and downloading. Specifically, that downloading a song implicates the reproduction ...
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by John B. Kearney and William Reiley #SocialMediaEvidence has become a trending topic as lawyers dig for digital dirt among various social media sites during pretrial discovery. Often, there is more smoke than fire, but now and then the digital evidence that is uncovered on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and a host of other sites can be quite powerful and worth all the digging. What defense lawyer hasn't longed to discover photographs of the plaintiff with alleged back problems doing all sorts of physical activities a week after an accident? However, sometimes lawyers are so caught up in the chase for social media evidence that they don’t reflect on ...
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