Blogs

Be the first person to recommend this.
Landon Hacker knows what it's like to feel hopeless and "stuck in the system" while facing drug charges and battling addiction. His deeply personal story of working his way from Drug Court participant to JD candidate at Rutgers Law School appears in this month's edition of New Jersey Lawyer . It is a must-read for any lawyer looking to gain insight into their drug case clients and the system they try to navigate. Hacker is a shining example of the best outcome of Drug Court – what New Jersey Judge Timothy Lydon calls “an inspirational program.” However, its structure can present challenges for people struggling with addiction. Knowing the barriers facing ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Wills for Heroes is seeking volunteer attorneys to help draft free wills and other estate planning documents for first responders at a legal clinic on Saturday at ­Rutgers Law School–Camden. The program is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and Drescher & Chesler, and presented by the Camden County Bar Association’s Probate & Trust Committee and Rutgers Law Estates & Trusts Society. What began as a request by Rutgers Law School–Camden students in 2012 to learn more about estates and trusts law has become an annual event, said its coordinator Brenda Lee Eutsler, of Brenda Lee Eutsler and Associates in Cherry Hill, an adjunct ...
0 comments
1 person recommends this.
A college football standout turned national inspiration. An advocate for criminal justice reform who was wrongly imprisoned at 14 in a case that made international headlines. The daughter of a boxing legend who beat back sexism to become a champion in the ring and a judge in Philadelphia. These are just a few of the individuals who will take part in the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA’s) Diverse Voices series, a programming initiative featuring notable figures from diverse backgrounds. “The Diverse Voices series will help audiences connect real-life stories and different perspectives to the practice of law, and help the NJSBA foster a better-educated ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Diversionary program advances in Assembly A bill that would reduce court-ordered fines owed by drug or alcohol-dependent individuals upon completion of a treatment program was voted out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee last week. A-275 (Armato)/S-1112(Vitale) is supported by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) because it incentivizes participants to succeed in their rehabilitative efforts. “Someone living with a substance use disorder needs help and guidance rather than punishment, even if they have broken the law because of their struggle with drugs or alcohol,” said Assemblyman John Armato. “Reducing fines for the completion of a treatment ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Small firms and attorneys in solo practice comprise the majority of the legal profession in New Jersey, and this weekend their concerns will be the focus at the New Jersey State Bar Association 2020 Solo and Small-Firm Conference. Attorneys from throughout the state are expected to attend this year’s conference on Saturday at the Marriott Delta Hotel in Iselin. The daylong event is centered on the theme “We are more than solo and small-firm attorneys,” in recognition of the depth of service, responsibilities and challenges this sector of the profession faces. Randall Brett, former chair of the state bar association’s Solo and Small-Firm Section, will receive ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The recipients of this year’s New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) James J. McLaughlin Award include one of the first African American women to serve as a federal court judge and two attorneys whose trial experience includes personal injury, auto and premises liability cases. The NJSBA Civil Trial Bar Section will present the awards to former Chief U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson, Eric Kuper and Charles J. Uliano at its annual dinner on Feb. 20. “The award is in memory of James J. McLaughlin, who demonstrated during his career the highest standard of civility, legal competence and professionalism in the practice of civil trial law,” said Michael ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) joined the Bergen County Bar Association in urging the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics to revise Opinion 735, which found no issue with an attorney purchasing a competitor attorney’s name as a keyword in an internet search to ostensibly redirect a consumer to the purchasing lawyer’s website. The finding is one of four ethics opinions issued nationally that addresses the issue—Texas and Wisconsin found no issue with the practice; North Carolina found the practice unethical. The NJSBA filed a petition, authored by Bonnie C. Frost, for review of ACPE Opinion 735. “The NJSBA is concerned that ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The Labor and Employment Law Section (LAELS) of the New Jersey State Bar Association is now soliciting nominations for the 2020 Sidney H. Lehmann Award. In 2013, the LAELS voted unanimously to establish the Sidney H. Lehmann Award of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, in memory of our friend and colleague, Sid Lehmann. Sid made an indelible mark on public sector labor relations in New Jersey and possessed a passion for social justice and a belief in the value of every person. He began his career at Camden Legal Services and then became one of the original lawyers in the New Jersey Office of the Public Advocate when ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
By Evelyn Padin PracticeHQ consultations, resource bank will be free for our members As a small-firm attorney who co-owns a restaurant and develops commercial properties, I know first-hand that it takes very different sets of skills to be a zealous advocate for a client and to run a successful business. Staying up to date on caselaw and working with clients take one set of talents, while collecting fees, resolving IT problems that can bring an office to a standstill and figuring out which office products are the best take an entirely separate set. The New Jersey State Bar Association knows practice management can be a particular challenge for many ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
“Art is culture,” said Les Floyd, an artist from Somerset. “And people who lose their culture lose everything.” Floyd, who with artist J. Casseia Lewis is featured in an exhibit at the New Jersey Law Center that celebrates Black History Month, was lamenting cuts to school arts programs. But he was also commenting on the importance of representation of the richness of African American culture in the arts. “We’ve done so much to be proud of. I think I put that message out there” with my paintings, he said. Floyd’s work captures aspects of the rich tapestry of African American culture. It includes portraits of leading figures in the arts, such as writer Maya ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Minorities in the Profession Section will host a program that celebrates Black History Month from 6–9 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the New Jersey Law Center. The program will include a keynote address by United States District Court Judge Michael A. Shipp and an awards presentation, followed by a reception with music provided by the Trenton High School Orchestra. The festivities will continue with a trivia contest with winners of a New Jersey high school essay contest sponsored by the section. At the event, attendees can meet local artists Les Floyd and J. Casseia Lewis, whose work is on exhibit in the Visitors Lounge. ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Supreme Court sides with tax court that transfer inheritance tax law demands predictability and certainty The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court and Appellate Division’s interpretation of New Jersey’s transfer inheritance tax statute that taxed the full value of a property transferred into an irrevocable trust upon the death of the second spouse. In Estate of Mary Van Riper v. NJ Division of Taxation , Docket A-51-18, Justice Lee A. Solomon, who wrote the unanimous decision, highlighted the advancement of “the vital policy goals of clarity, simplicity, and ease of implementation” of the transfer inheritance tax law. The New Jersey State Bar Association ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
This was just reported from the NYSBA Weekly, I am wondering why NJSBA is so far behind on this issue: The New York State Bar Association has adopted a report  from the NYSBA Committee on Cannabis Law that supports the legalization of adult recreational marijuana use in New York. The report outlines suggested strategies for the implementation of legalized cannabis in New York state, and was adopted at NYSBA's House of Delegates meeting in New York City Jan. 31 as part of the association's Annual Meeting. "With the full support of the New York State Bar Association, we are hopeful our report will offer the necessary guidance to New York's governing bodies ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) is seeking nominations for the Medal of Honor, its most prestigious award. The deadline is Feb. 28. Since 2000, the Medal of Honor award has been given annually to lawyers, law-related professionals and 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. The award also recognizes professional excellence as demonstrated by an individual’s accomplishments in the law or through service to the profession and the community during their careers. Ralph J. Lamparello, treasurer of the NJSBF and a former president ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) has reinforced its ­commitment to diversity and inclusion by adopting a formal policy laying out expectations for continuing legal education (CLE) panels and presentations. “It is a stated goal of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees to increase diversity on CLE panels and presentations, so as to better reflect the diversity of the legal profession and our membership,” the policy reads. “We expect sections and planning committees to consider this goal when planning their seminars.” “The impact of this policy is already being felt,” said NJSBA President Evelyn Padin. “As sections and committees ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Supreme Court holds retainer agreement invalid, reserves issues of professional conduct for ad hoc review The New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Division’s holding, that a retainer agreement in a Law Against Discrimination (LAD) case that imposed legal fees and costs on a client even if the lawsuit failed, is invalid. But, the Court reserved comment on “ethical pronouncements” by the lower court, recommending further review for consideration by a newly created ad hoc committee. “The New Jersey Supreme Court decision today on Balducci v. Cige concurs with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s amicus argument that there needs to be a ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
NJSBA to Supreme Court: Passwords to electronic devices cannot be compelled in criminal matters Compelling a criminally accused individual to provide a passcode would constitute self-incrimination under New Jersey law, said New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Trustee Christopher J. Keating before the Supreme Court last week. Keating argued on behalf of the NJSBA as amicus curiae in the matter of State v. Andrews , which considers whether it is a violation of a defendant’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to compel disclosure of personal identification numbers and passcodes for lawfully seized iPhones. Relying on the ‘foregone conclusion’ ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The New Jersey State Board Association (NJSBA) Board of Trustees, the association’s governing body, discussed and took action on numerous issues at its Jan. 17 meeting at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The board announced NJSBA created an inclusive speakers bureau for use as an internal resource to foster the association’s goal of inclusion in all aspects of the profession. The NJSBA website now has a portal for people to share their information, such as expertise and background, to be considered as a potential speaker for future educational programming by the NJSBA and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). The education ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Dozens of candidates filed for leadership positions in the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). The Nominating Committee will interview candidates this month. The positions include the Executive Committee officers as well as county, at-large, section/committee and Young Lawyers Division trustees; and positions on the Nominating Committee and as American Bar Association delegates. Members of the NJSBA may watch the interviews via simulcast at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on the interview days. All deliberations are confidential. Following the interviews and deliberations, the committee will issue a report to the NJSBA’s Board of Trustees ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program (NJLAP) touches hundreds of lives each year and leaves them for the better. The program is a free, confidential service that provides attorneys, judges, law school students, and law school graduates with resources for handling mental health or substance abuse issues that could impact their professional and personal well-being. The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) provides administrative support. On this edition of Sidebar, Denise Golonka, NJLAP’s clinical manager, discusses the importance of mental health, how NJLAP can help the legal community practice self-care and makes the case for why well-being is ...
0 comments