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C.P. McKenna knows firsthand about the growing problem of fraudulent service animals. His guide dog, Finn, has been attacked six times in 21/2 years, many of them from untrained and out-of-control dogs whose owners tried to pass them off as service animals. Fortunately, Finn sustained only minor injuries and was able to continue working. McKenna said it is often the case that a service dog has to be retired after it is attacked, even if it only suffers minor injuries, because in the future it may exhibit fear around other dogs, putting its owner in jeopardy. Fraudulent service animals hurt those who need legitimate service animals to assist them with a disability, ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body met earlier this month to act on several issues. The Board of Trustees met June 14 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick and approved the association’s annual budget; reviewed attorney demographic data to designate underrepresented groups as per the bylaws; and voted on additional matters ranging from members who will continue to chair committees to special speakers who will complement the NJICLE calendar of seminars. Here’s a look at what happened: Budget: The trustees approved the 2019-2020 budget for the NJSBA. The roughly $12 million includes several proposals to help members. It contains a ...
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A state Appellate Division panel on Monday issued its opinion in Department of Children and Families v. L.O. The case focuses on whether fundamental fairness and due process require the appointment of counsel in administrative child abuse proceedings. The panel did not agree with the NJSBA position that in such cases it was not required. The NJSBA will continue to monitor the case. Read the opinion here . Review the full NJSBA brief, written by NJSBA Trustee Amy Vasquez here
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Evelyn Padin, president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, will receive the Margarita Echevarria Trailblazer of the Year Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ). Padin will receive the award on June 22 at the HBA-NJ’s 38 th annual scholarship gala and awards dinner at The Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains. Register here . The award is named after the HBA-NJ’s first president, and pays tribute to Echevarria’s courage and foresight as a trailblazer for New Jersey Latinx lawyers. Individuals who win the award are recognized for advancing the cause of Latinx lawyers and helping to create opportunities for the Latinx community as ...
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While leaders fight it out over dark money and a millionaire’s tax, bills revising expungement procedures and workers’ compensation supplemental benefits now await the governor’s signature. The NJSBA supported measures to revise expungement procedures and withdrew opposition on the workers’ compensation bill. The “Cunningham Cleanse,” as the expungement bill has been christened, was voted out of the Assembly last week with a vote of 50-15-6. S-3205 (Cunningham) boasts a streamlined expungement process for certain criminal convictions by broadening a person’s eligibility. The bill focuses on the treatment of various marijuana offenses, in anticipation of a ...
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Have you met NJSBA 2019-2020 President Evelyn Padin ? She is a dynamo and some have called her a Renaissance woman . She's a lawyer, a restaurant owner, a commercial development and the first Latina to head the NJSBA in its 120-year history. Learn more about her in the latest NJSBA Sidebar podcast episode. Padin sat down in her Jersey City office just before her installation in May to talk about growing up in Hudson County; working as a social worker; her decision to go to law school and why it matters that people of diverse backgrounds rise to the top of the legal profession. She also discussed her priorities for the year ahead including holding ...
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This week, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation will install a new slate of officers, including its first Latino president. Norberto A. Garcia became the first Latino to lead the foundation in its history, marking a special chapter in the history that is cause for notice and celebration of our partner organizations with both being led by Latinos. Garcia is a litigator with Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. In addition to Garcia, the executive committee includes: First Vice President: Kathleen N. Fennelly; Second Vice President: Charles J. Stoia; Treasurer: Ralph J. Lamparello, a former NJSBA president; Secretary: John F. Gillick; and Immediate Past President: ...
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Drug influence evaluation not generally accepted scientific evidence, says NJSBA to Supreme Court The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) sounded off on the lack of scientific reliability of drug influence evaluations (DIE) in assessing a person’s guilt in a driving under the influence matter, stating that the prosecution failed to establish its general acceptance within the scientific community under the Frye v. U.S., 293 F. 1013 (1923) standard. It filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in the matter of State v. Olenowski, Docket No. 082253. The brief was written by NJSBA members John Menzel, Joshua H. Reinitz and past NJSBA President Miles ...
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Editors Note: This article by Cheyne R. Scott was originally published in the June, 2019 issues of New Jersey Lawyer. Read the full magazine here . Stress is caused by exposure to an activating event, the irrational beliefs about that event and the emotional consequences of those beliefs, commonly known as the ABC model, set forth by American psychologist Albert Ellis. 1 Understanding the ABC model can help lawyers develop effective ways of thinking and behaving in order to reduce negative emotions. There is little doubt that when faced with stressful activating events, attorneys may repeatedly practice irrational beliefs that lead to stress and anxiety. ...
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Editor’s Note: The following article by Michelle Schaap was published as part of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section Newsletter Vol. 32, No. 1, which was distributed to members of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section. To learn more about joining a section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, email us at [email protected] Cybersecurity is a critical consideration for any and all transactions that involve the transfer of financial and/or confidential, proprietary information. Once a project is financed, or purchased, a developer will also need to address how the drawings for the project are secured. If the project will include ...
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June Calendar of Events

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Receptions, Gatherings and Special Events Senior Citizen Law Day Conference Tuesday, June 4 | 9:30 a.m. New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick Sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation in cooperation with the Elder and Disability Law Section This annual conference addresses a variety of legal issues of concern to senior citizens. Happy Hour Tuesday, June 11 | 6 p.m. Hard Grove Café, Jersey City Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division Mix and mingle with friends and colleagues Excellence in CLE Awards Reception Monday, June 17 | 6 p.m. New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick Presented by NJICLE ...
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The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) will present the 2018-2019 Alfred C. Clapp and Distinguished Service awards to the winners at a reception on June 17. The awards recognize individuals’ service and contributions to legal education. David Rubin, of David B. Rubin, PC, in Metuchen, and a longtime speaker and supporter of NJICLE, will be honored with the Clapp Award. The award has been given each year since 1992 to a member of the New Jersey legal community who exemplifies excellence in continuing legal education. The institute is the educational arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Rubin has spoken at more than ...
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June 3, 2019 Expand 30-day ban on attorney solicitations, says NJSBA Following a yearlong examination of the onslaught of attorney solicitations following motor vehicle accidents and violations, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s ad hoc committee has issued recommendations to address the issue. In a letter to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, then-President John E. Keefe Jr. urged a two-prong approach involving legislation and a rules amendment to clarify how and when accident information can be obtained and what can be done once that information is acquired. “The committee discovered that, with today’s technology, the issue has expanded from a plethora ...
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Editor’s Note: The following article by Nicholas M. Insua was published as part of the Insurance Law Section Newsletter Vol. 24, No. 2, which is distributed to members of the Insurance Law Section. To learn more about joining a section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, email us at [email protected] . This article focuses on the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Medidata Sols., Inc. v. Fed. Ins. Co. , 1 in which the court found coverage for a policyholder that suffered losses caused by phishing attacks under the computer fraud provisions in its crime insurance policies. The Incident In Medidata , an ...
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Medical marijuana, medical expenses in auto cases considered in Legislature As the Legislature nears the June budget break, heavy-hitting bills that would expand medical marijuana access and reverse a Supreme Court decision regarding auto insurance coverage were front and center. S-10(Vitale)/A-10(Downey) was voted out of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and heads for a full vote in the Senate. The bill would greatly expand access to medical marijuana to include a more extensive list of diagnosed conditions and increase the number of dispensaries. It would also expand the list of professionals who can authorize the use of ...
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Kimberly A. Yonta was sworn in last week to serve as president-elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). The Middlesex County lawyer and former association trustee is on the path to the presidency in 2020. She was sworn in at the Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City. Yonta, a New Brunswick practitioner who concentrates in criminal trial advocacy and municipal criminal matters, said she is honored to have the opportunity to continue working on issues that affect the members of the association and legal profession. “The NJSBA is laser-focused on several critical issues, all with the central goal of improving the lives and practices ...
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From vacancies on the federal District Court to a reduction in bench warrants for minor offenses in the state’s municipal courts, the top jurists of New Jersey’s state and federal courts gave an overview of the some of the challenges and progress made over the past year at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City. U.S. DISTRICT COURT OF NEW JERSEY Former Chief Justice Jose L. Linares, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, who had relinquished his position at midnight, on Friday described the court as “the best” in the country, yet said it faces numerous challenges, including six vacancies in a court ...
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Editor’s Note: The following article by Neha Patel was published as part of the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly Vol. 40, No. 3, which is distributed to members of the Labor and Employment Law Section. To learn more about joining a section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, email us at [email protected] . Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments 1 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, 2 employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities, absent a showing of undue hardship. 3 Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments that enable ...
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When Evelyn Padin stepped up to the microphone on stage at Union City High School to address local residents in Spanish on a recent evening this month, the energy of the room cranked up to 11. That’s because when Padin talks everyone listens. Not only did her bright red blazer stand out amid the other lawyers sharing the stage in a sea of conservative black and navy suits and dresses, but Padin, whose trademark is boundless energy, captivated the audience as she spoke with enthusiasm and passion about ensuring access to the justice system for the disadvantaged. Charismatic and driven, the Jersey City lawyer will make history this week when she is installed ...
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The opioid epidemic spares no one, in any region or any socioeconomic or educational level. To make it worse, New Jersey has some of the strongest forms of the drug in the country. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal saw the crisis and felt that while education and enforcement remain powerful tools for fighting the scourge, it was time to try a more proactive method. "We wanted an all-hands-on-deck approach," said Grewal at Smart Justice, an educational session Thursday at the NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention. The office created Operation Helping Hand to work with counties to form community-based teams to offer addicts treatment at the time of arrest. ...
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