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Cannabis legislation passes, AG’s Office issues directive on marijuana charges Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREAM Act) and marijuana decriminalization laws last week, prompting a directive by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal regarding the disposition of marijuana charges. Directive No. 2021-1 provides guidelines for the dismissal of eight specific marijuana- or hashish-related charges for juveniles and adults. Effective immediately, prosecutors are ordered to seek dismissal of any pending charges enumerated in the directive. In cases where there are multiple charges, ...
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By Amy Vasquez Amy Vasquez is chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Child Welfare Law Section and an NJSBA Trustee. Editor’s note: A version of this article appeared in In re Sarah , the Child Welfare Law Section newsletter. Read the full issue here (login required). Under N.J.S.A 30:4C-23, N.J.S.A. 9:3-38, N.J.S.A. 9:3-41(d), and N.J.A.C. 10:133J, “surrender” means the voluntary relinquishment of all parental rights.  The Administrative Office of the Courts form to offer a voluntary termination in Court was last revised in 2019 and is titled “Voluntary Surrender of Parental Rights Form.”  Language matters.  A parent who is inclined ...
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A Message from New Jersey State Bar Association President Kimberly A. Yonta, Esq. As the New Jersey State Bar Association celebrates Black History Month throughout February, we also commit to finding more ways to amplify and promote our Black colleagues throughout the year. This is part of our ongoing effort to examine anti-Black bias and search for ways to combat persistent systemic racism in our society and make lasting changes in our profession. Daryl Williams, chair of the Minorities in the Profession Section (MIPS) shared wise words about BHM: “It’s all year long, but we celebrate it in February, so we are going to celebrate it to its fullest. Hopefully ...
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New Jersey State Bar President President Kimberly A. Yonta is scheduled to virtually testify today before the governing body of the nation’s largest lawyers’ association in support of Resolution 10E, which would prohibit the disclosure of personally identifiable information of judges and their families. The American Bar Association  Mid-Year Meeting House of Delegates’ resolution comes seven months after the brutal attack at the home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas that took the life of her son, Daniel Anderl, and critically wounded her husband, Mark. Before testifying, Yonta is expected to ask the delegates to observe a moment of silence to honor ...
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This is the first installment in a series. The webcast of “Tackling Virtual Jury Trials During COVID-19” will be available soon in the NJICLE on-demand library.   With the first of a two-phase rollout for virtual civil jury trials underway this month in several New Jersey counties—expanding to all counties on or after April 5—attorneys need to know how to remotely empanel a jury. While there are challenges to remotely picking a jury and to trying a virtual case, there are practices that can help set up an attorney for success, said Michael G. Donahue, a managing shareholder and civil trial attorney at Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville, who moderated the ...
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The state Supreme Court released a series of written comments on the 2019-2021 reports of six committees recommending amendments and non-rule administrative actions. The reports of the Complementary Dispute Resolution Committee; Criminal Practice Committee; Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement; Committee on the Rules of Evidence; Family Practice Committee and Municipal Court Practice Committee are available for review and comments, which must be submitted by March 26. The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) will review the proposals and expects to submit comments. Complementary Dispute Resolution Committee Report The committee ...
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The NJSBA's CommunityNET is a great resource for section and committee members who ask practice questions, share information about products and services, and much more. You have the power to determine when messages are delivered, either immediately (Real Time) or once a day in digest form (Daily Digest). Customize your delivery in three steps. First login to njsba.com and visit CommunityNet. Go to My Profile then My Account. Choose Community Notifications and select Real Time or Daily Digest for each group you belong to.
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This is an edited excerpt from an article written by Mari Bryn Dowdy and Mailise Marks in the February 2021 edition of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The rest of this article takes a detailed look at some of the labor cases and negotiations involving elite women athletes. Read about this and some of the other issues involving sports law in our special issue here (login required). Every professional league and sports organization in the United States has its own structure of compensation and benefits. While the level of pay varies from sport to sport, a common reality has arguably existed since the advent of ...
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In a sign of the times, New Jersey’s newest attorneys—the first in the state to take the bar exam remotely because of the pandemic—were sworn in at a virtual ceremony last week. Remarking on the challenges the attorneys face, leaders in the legal profession who addressed the 83 attorneys also delivered messages of support and optimism. In her address to the attorneys, New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) President Kimberly A. Yonta said they will have the support and resources of the NJSBA as they embark on a career in law that will require them “to shoulder some significant responsibilities” and follow a “moral compass…fixed on values that guide you ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) joined others in urging the state Supreme Court to delay grand juries until they can be safely held in person. The plea came in the form of an amicus curiae filing in the matter of State v. Vega-Larregui , Docket No. 085288. The brief was written by NJSBA trustees Christopher J. Keating, of Keefe Law Firm, and Brian J. Neary, of Law Offices of Brian J. Neary. “The efforts made by the Judiciary to implement virtual proceedings in a wide array of court proceedings are commendable and have served to keep our judicial system moving throughout the pandemic,” the NJSBA said in its brief. “Virtual grand juries, however, ...
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The closest Anthony Gartmond came to creating art during his 25 years as an Essex County assistant prosecutor was doodling during meetings. So, it is no small feat that seven years into retirement, Gartmond has achieved a measure of success as an artist and that his work is being featured all month in a virtual art gallery on the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) website as part of the Minorities in the Profession Section Black History Month celebration on Feb. 25. To be sure, Gartmond’s talents did not come out of left field. He showed artistic promise in his youth, particularly in his pencil drawings, and was encouraged by teachers to keep at ...
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This article appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of the Young Lawyers Division newsletter, Dictum . Read the full issue here (login required).   By James A. Lewis V NJSBA trustee and co-chair of the Diversity Committee  As you take off the training wheels and are no longer properly described as a “new attorney,” the consideration of what comes next can be both exciting and overwhelming.  As a sprightly first-year associate, there appears to be plenty of guidance abound.  Work hard. Be adaptable. Be mindful of the billable hour. Volunteer and strengthen your relationships with clients, partners and colleagues through producing timely, impeccable work.  ...
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Today, NJSBA members are watching a webinar from benefit provider PracticeHQ on " 8 Things Killing Your Law Firm and How to Stop Them." With a focus on identifying and removing the 8 most common types of waste from your practice, topics include: Waste is anything of no value in your client's eyes The business of law demands we eliminate wastefulness Clients demand value Clients will shop around to find value Lawyers...reexamine your practices and processes In case you missed it, you can view the materials here . This webinar, as well as prior PracticeHQ webcasts, can be viewed in the PracticeHQ Learning Library, just click here . (member ...
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New Jersey State Bar Association President Kimberly A. Yonta will take part in a ceremony this week to swear in new lawyers.     The New Jersey Supreme Court and the state’s Federal District Court will co-host the ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.      Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court Chief Judge Freda Wolfson will make opening remarks and Yonta will move the admission of the new attorneys to the state bar.
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Ayesha Hamilton, a Princeton solo practitioner and New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) trustee, will receive the 2021 Attorney of the Year Award from the NJSBA Solo and Small-Firm Section. NJSBA President Kimberly A. Yonta will present Hamilton with the award at the Solo and Small-Firm Conference on Feb. 20. “Ayesha is a wonderfully talented attorney who is an extremely effective advocate for her clients. She runs a very successful employment law practice, and she is also a zealous advocate for solo and small-firm attorneys, protecting and advancing their interests as new issues arise,” said William E. Denver, chair of the section. Hamilton joined ...
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Attendees at the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) 2021 Solo and Small-Firm Conference on Feb. 20 can look forward to a practical, optimistic and uplifting day of programming that takes some of the challenges presented in 2020 and converts them into actionable ideas. “The focus will be on helping lawyers run and manage their businesses more effectively and efficiently,” said William E. Denver, chair of the Solo and Small-Firm Section. NJSBA President Kimberly A. Yonta will deliver the keynote speech and present the section’s Attorney of the Year Award to Ayesha Hamilton. NJSBA Trustee James A. Lewis V will kick off the day with an inspiring message ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) members and non-lawyers are invited to apply for the positions at the NJSBF, the Association’s charitable and educational arm. The following positions are open: NJSBF officers: One-year terms for president, first vice president, second vice president, treasurer (no incumbent) and secretary (no incumbent). These officers and the immediate past president comprise the Executive Committee. NJSBF Board of Trustees: There are 27 trustees on the board and each selected trustee ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is soliciting nominations for its 2021 Medal of Honor Award, which is given annually to lawyers and law-related professionals, as well as lay people who have made significant contributions to the advancement or improvement of the justice system or the betterment of the legal profession in New Jersey. Click here for information on the criteria of the award and the nomination procedure.   Click here to submit a nomination for consideration.  The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2021.
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The New Jersey Supreme Court has issued proposals for model voir dire questions and updates to the model civil and criminal jury charges for comment. The proposals were written to “support juror impartiality through awareness of implicit bias.” The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) has previously supported implicit bias training for jurors and is reviewing the current proposals. The proposals are a result of the Court’s Working Group on Juror Impartiality, which was empaneled “to focus on practical steps that can be implemented to improve fairness in the jury selection and deliberation process.” The group included judges and judicial representatives ...
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