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The association shared with its members an update about an email scam asking people or businesses to transfer funds. Earlier this week, the FBI issued a Public Service Announcement about the scams targeting businesses in New Jersey, that could include law firms. New Jersey has seen heavy activity and all lawyers and law firms are advised to remain vigilant. The scam "continues to grow and evolve, targeting small, medium, and large business and personal transactions," the FBI warned. NJSBA officials offered a few tips: It’s important to remain guarded when working with email. If you receive a document or a request to click on a link from someone that ...
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NJSBA President John E. Keefe Jr. said a report out today from the Judiciary about the state’s municipal courts contained common sense recommendations that would result in a more transparent and less financial driven municipal court system, which would be a benefit to the public and profession. Many of the recommendations dovetail with suggestions the NJSBA had made. Statement of NJSBA President John E. Keefe Jr.: These proposals are very good news for the people of New Jersey, as well as the profession. Recommendations to have a more transparent and less financially driven municipal court system will make a substantial difference in improving the independence ...
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The NJSBA's Board of Trustees held its July meeting to discuss legislation, set a possible site for the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting and more. The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the association. The 49-member body analyzes information from association sections and committees when determining the policy position or advocacy role the NJSBA will play in a matter. The board granted its support to A2318 / S1860 , which provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for rescue of an animal from a vehicle under inhumane conditions. The bill is awaiting Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature. The trustees also approved the selection of Puerto Rico as the ...
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Today, a District Court Judge in Minnesota denied the class certification of thousands of current and former National Hockey League (NHL) players who are suing the NHL for allegedly concealing the harmful effects of head trauma.  The court reasoned there are too many differences in state laws about medical monitoring.  This would make case management extremely difficult as the court would be required to apply a wide range of legal standards.  The class would include up to 5,000 players. The players’ argument that New York law should apply because the NHL is headquartered there was rejected by the court.  Instead, the court stated the law of the state where ...
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The New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Division in holding that an application that lacks the documents required by ordinance for a complete submission cannot benefit from the time of application rule. The decision in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of Franklin Township , Docket A-89-16, decided on June 20, denied Dunbar Homes conditional approval of its application because its initial application was deemed incomplete. The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) urged the Supreme Court to reverse the Appellate Division, signaling a concern that its decision could operate to prevent many applications from receiving the time of ...
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Sections and committees provide leadership, insight and expertise to NJSBA Sections and committees provide valuable insight and expertise when it comes to legislative advocacy and policy positions of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), President John E. Keefe Jr. told a room of new section and committee chairs last week at the New Jersey Law Center. “You folks really are exemplars of the New Jersey State Bar Association,” Keefe said in his opening remarks at the New Leader Orientation. “When our sections and committees are engaged, our members are engaged, and that means we can speak powerfully on the issues that face our profession.” The NJSBA ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association is sharing information from around the legal community about how members can volunteer their services or receive additional training to help families who were separated at the border. The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children assembled information about how people can find volunteer opportunities to help immigrant children, and the families who were separated. You can see their full list here. On July 17, An Introduction to Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Matters, will be presented by Kids In Need of Defense and the Child Advocacy Clinic. The 90-minute session will start at 10 a.m. and be held ...
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The members and leaders of the NJSBA’s Diversity Committee came together recently for a day-long retreat. The June 30 event began with yoga, which led into substantive group discussions on how to accelerate diversity, overcome obstacles and create an action plan, and wrapped up with a dinner. The primary objectives were to allow attendees to get to know each other better and bond with the shared purpose of accelerating diversity; review past accomplishments and set new goals; discuss obstacles and figure out what is needed to ensure progress; and discuss the committee’s schedule and events for the year ahead. See more photos from the day her
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The NJSBA's Family Law Section examines the issue of parental alienation in a series of articles included in its latest publication. From caselaw to helping kids, this is a must-read. The edition provides a caselaw overview on the issue; a look at its psychological underpinnings; and practice and litigation guidance. Here's a look at Litigating the Parental Alienation Case. Editor's note: The New Jersey Family Lawyer is a publication of the Family Law Section. The publication is a benefit of membership in the section. To join the section, call Member Services 732-249-5000. By Sheryl J. Seiden When a client consults with legal counsel and advises that ...
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In a closely watched choice of law case with potential far-reaching implications for New Jersey attorneys holding licenses in other states, the Appellate Division held that, without more, New Jersey attorneys cannot be held to the longer New Jersey professional malpractice statute of limitations when representing clients in other states simply because they are licensed here. “[A]pplying New Jersey’s six-year statute of limitations here would frustrate the purpose of adopting the substantial-interest test and defy public policy,” said the Appellate Division in its decision on whether to extend New Jersey’s six-year statute of limitations to a malpractice case ...
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by Kristin Spallanzani and M. Trevor Lyons Editor's note: New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly is a publication the NJSBA's Labor and Employment Law Section produces. Full access is a benefit of membership in the section. Join the section today and get a sneak peek of the insights it provides in this selection.   You can find the publication here (login required).  To learn more about joining a section, email  askthenjsba@njsba.com , The concept that the First Amendment protects private-sector employees who make political and social statements unpopular with their employers has been repeatedly discussed in the media in the last few years. Fueled ...
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NJSBA President John E. Keefe Jr. sat down to talk about who he is and what he wants to do in the year ahead on the latest edition of the NJSBA's podcast, Sidebar. Keefe, founder of the Keefe Law Firm, shares insights about how his dad, retired Judge John Keefe, influenced him, how the law is similar to sports and what he learned about himself following his diagnosis and subsequent treatment for throat cancer last year. He also laid out his goals for his tenure as president, which include addressing professional malpractice fairness; creating a mentoring program; creating resources for critically ill attorneys; and expanding the association's diversity and ...
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July Calendar of Events

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Receptions, Gatherings and Special Events   Day at the Races – High Stakes Legal Issues in 2018 Friday, July 13 | 9 a.m. Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport Presented by NJSBA and NJICLE Get up-to-date on sports betting, equine law, taxation and more. 4.0 CLE credits   Happy Hour and Networking Social Friday, July 13 | 5:30 p.m. Bar Anticipation, Lake Como, Belmar Sponsored by various sections and committees All are welcome to attend. Contact vercammenlaw@njlaws.com to register.   Shredding Party Saturday, July 14 | 9 a.m. New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick Get rid of all your unwanted ...
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The New Jersey Supreme Court upheld an appeals court decision in a case where the NJSBA was an amicus party. The case, Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of Franklin Township, asked a question about applications. The central issue was: When is a submission to the planning board considered an “application for development” that triggers the “time of application rule,” which states that the regulations in effect on the date of submission of an application for development govern the review of that application? The Court did not adopt the NJSBA's reasoning in its opinion. The association has an active amicus program and submits briefs on around ...
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The NJSBA urged the Senate to vote no on S-2740 (Beach)/A-4292 (Greenwald) because of the bill’s potential impact on the Consumer Fraud Act. The bill, first introduced on June 14, requires dealerships to notify buyers of recalls on used motor vehicles for sale and limits attorneys’ fees in certain consumer actions. The bill was heard in the Senate Commerce Committee on June 18 with just one group in support of it—the New Jersey Association of Automobile Retailers. All but one member of the committee—Senator Nicholas Scutari—voted in favor of the bill’s release from committee. Among the mandates in the bill are: A dealer cannot sell or transfer a used vehicle ...
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Seven New Jersey bar associations have written to administration officials opposing the policies in place at the southern border that have led to families being separated. They say the matter requires nuanced and careful solutions to provide due process and reunite families. "We as Americans hold dear the concepts that government action must be subordinate to the safeguards of due process and a public, fair and impartial hearing," the letter reads. "The current approach to border safety serves no legitimate purpose, is clearly punitive in nature and offends every one of the basic principles we hold dear." The letter is signed by: John E. Keefe ...
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At the June 15 meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body, the Board of Trustees created special committees to examine cannabis issues and public finance matters and approved an $11.6 million general operating budget for the coming fiscal year.  The board also addressed a number of proposed court rules. More detail about those recommendations can be found in this week’s Capitol Report . Here’s a rundown of other actions taken. Budget: The board approved an $11.6 million budget for the 2018-2019 budget year, which begins July 1. The budget continues funding a program that provides new attorneys free membership in their first year ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association submitted comments to the Administrative Office to the Courts in response to several proposed rules amendments. Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6 and 7.2   In response to the recommendation to amend RPC 7.6(b) to require the retention of webpages of an attorney’s or a law firm’s website in the form of an electronic backup on at least a monthly basis, and retain the information for a period of three years, the NJSBA urged the Court to reject the proposal because of the onerous and expensive burdens on attorneys. The association noted that despite the rule’s aim to adequately review allegations of fraudulent advertising, ...
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A Life on the Bench

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Editor's note: The following piece is included in the most recent issue of the NJSBA's New Jersey Family Lawyer. You can find the publication here (login required). The newsletter is a benefit of membership in the Family Law Section. To learn more about joining a section, email  askthenjsba@njsba.com , and keep reading to learn more about Judge Marie E. Lihotz. Interview with Marie E. Lihotz, J.A.D. (ret.): A Life on the Bench   The Honorable Marie E. Lihotz, the subject of the following in-depth interview, is known to family law practitioners as a prolific author of decisions addressing family law issues over the past 15 years. Judge Lihotz ...
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Are lawyers magic? What does the Harry Potter saga have to say about justice? What's the deal with Professor Snape? Find out in the latest episode of Sidebar, the NJSBA podcast. This episode features a conversation with Professor Greg Randall Lee , who teaches at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg. Lee recently taught an NJICLE course titled, "Harry Potter and the Legal Curse," which covered the ideas of restorative and punitive justice, the role of the literary symbol of a phoenix, and how lawyers are, indeed, magical. You can listen to this episode through Soundcloud below, or  find this episode, as well as past episodes, through ...
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