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The lame duck season has begun in Trenton and legislators are taking testimony on a wide range of bills as the two-year session heads toward its conclusion. The New Jersey State Bar Association was there on Monday to offer insights on several measures. The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S2133, which mandates health benefits coverage for fertility preservation services The NJSBA supports S2133 (Cruz-Perez)/A3150 (Lampitt), which mandates health coverage for fertility preservation services when a medically necessary treatment directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility. This bill would offer coverage to anyone who becomes infertile ...
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For lawmakers, the lame duck period (when an elected official or group continues to hold office during the period between the election and the inauguration of a successor) means trying to conduct the business of the Legislature in the condensed period of time in the last year of a two-year session. Here is a summary of last week’s bills: A Matter of Deeds S-1245(Rice)/A-4138 (Jones) This bill requires that an affidavit of title be recorded with the deed and that the county recording officer notify the transferor any time a deed transfer is being recorded for his or her property. The NJSBA was concerned about the enforceability of an affidavit of title, which ...
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Four days before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus, she attended a packed meeting at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where organizers talked about a 14-year-old Chicago boy named Emmett Till who was kidnapped and lynched while visiting family in Mississippi. Parks would tell Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, that young Emmett’s brutal murder was foremost in her mind when she stayed seated on that bus, sparking the landmark 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott. And eight years later, when organizers were planning the March on Washington, the selection of the date – Aug. 28 – was no accident. It was the anniversary of Till’s brutal murder. ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting - held in San Juan - raised over $30,000 that will be donated to several charities in Puerto Rico. Over 250 people attended the Mid-Year Meeting earlier this month, which traditionally features educational seminars, networking events and this year included a special event, NJSBA Cares. It was a day where attendees volunteered their time and talents to help residents of the island who are still suffering from the destruction of Hurricane Maria and raised money to benefit charities. “As a proud New Jersey attorney with strong Puerto Rican roots, I was devastated by what happened to the island after Hurricane ...
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Workers’ compensation courts improve security statewide A statewide security upgrade has been implemented in New Jersey’s workers’ compensation courts after an evaluation by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL). The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) recently send a letter outlining its own concerns about security following an incident involving an injured worker threatening to kill people, including a workers’ compensation judge. “The NJSBA is concerned for the safety of the judges, the staff, the lawyers and the general public who appear in the workers’ compensation courts,” said NJSBA President Evelyn Padin in letter to the ...
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Growing up in Baton Rouge, La., Keith Beauchamp became intrigued with justice for Emmett Till’s murder after he discovered an old Jet magazine from 1955 in his parent’s house. On its cover was a photo of Till’s disfigured body displayed in an open casket, shown at the insistence of Till’s mother, who wanted the world to see the savage consequences of racial hatred. The lynching of Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago who was visiting relatives in Mississippi, helped catalyze the Civil Rights Movement. “Emmett Till made me who I am. His story is a very big part of my life,” said Beauchamp, who directed and produced a 2005 documentary titled ...
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While the framers of the United States Constitution organized the country’s foundational document around the idea of political equality, it does not provide for a representative democracy, Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig told attendees at a recent New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “In Search of a More Perfect Union: The Constitution, Elections and Leadership in the 21 st Century.” “The government doesn’t represent us,” Lessig said. Lessig discussed numerous ways institutions (such as the Senate and the Electoral College) and processes (such as gerrymandering, special interests, and big money in campaign funding) are ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association knows that attorneys new to the profession face unique challenges and wants to know how to help you succeed. We’ve teamed up with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s polling arm to conduct a survey of the needs and challenges facing lawyers in their first 10 years of practice. The survey is now live and only takes about four minutes to complete. All answers are anonymous. Receiving the honest replies of attorneys who have been practicing 10 years or less is a key to ensuring the legal organization understands what you need and how to support you on your professional journey. So tell us why you became an attorney; what it’s ...
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Receptions, Gatherings and Special Events   2019 Mid-Year Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 10 Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan, PR   Award-Winning Filmmaker Keith Beauchamp on: What Lawyers Can Learn from the Murder of Emmett Till – The Untold Story Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 9 a.m. New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick Presented by NJICLE, co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee A history meets CLE presentation. 3.3 CLE credits   Bankruptcy Law Section Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 19 | 6 p.m. The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset This year the section honors Chief Judge Kathryn C. Ferguson. ...
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The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) was again voted the number one New Jersey-based continuing legal education (CLE) provider and online CLE provider in the New Jersey Law Journal’s annual Best of New Jersey contest. “It is fantastic news, and such a testament to all of the hard work of our dedicated team of professionals and outstanding volunteers,” said Angela Scheck, executive director of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). NJICLE is a division of the NJSBA. “We are grateful to the attorneys, judges and other professionals who selflessly volunteer their time and expertise to educate their colleagues, and who ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) General Council members elected Tracey C. Hinson for a two-year term on the organization’s Nominating Committee.   Intelliscan, Inc., which administered the election, reported the results. Voting began Oct. 16 and concluded Oct. 23. Intelliscan, Inc., which administered the election, reported the results of the voting.   Hinson is the principal partner in the firm of Hinson Snipes, LLP in Princeton. She is a litigator who handles cases that include premises liability, auto and medical malpractice, and advocating for victims of police misconduct.   The NJSBA’s Nominating Committee interviews and evaluates ...
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Supreme Court to consider fee-shifting provisions in retainer agreements The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) argued that the Appellate Division engaged in improper rulemaking when it held that an attorney was obligated by the Rules of Professional Conduct to communicate clearly that his fee structure was different from what other attorneys might offer, in that the plaintiff would be obligated to pay regardless of the success of her case. Edward Zohn argued the matter on behalf of the NJSBA as amicus curiae in Balducci v. Cige , Docket A-3068-16T2. The brief was written by Zohn, William E. Denver, and past NJSBA president Thomas H. Prol. The ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees met earlier this month to tackle a number of issues, ranging from new benefits to involvement in a statewide campaign celebrating the 100 th anniversary of the 19 th amendment. The NJSBA received a clean bill of health from its auditors at the meeting. WithumSmith+Brown conducted the audit for the NJSBA's financial transactions in fiscal year 2018. The auditors said they will issue an unmodified opinion, which is the top designation that can be bestowed. The audit confirms the association's financials are free of misstatements, that its financial reports have been conducted with accuracy and transparency, ...
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Thank you for donating to Lawyers Feeding New Jersey! Your contribution will help New Jersey's needy individuals and families. Here is the complete list, with THE MOST RECENT DONORS HIGHLIGHTED IN BOLD . Thank you! Keep those donations coming!! You can help too!!! Donate here:  https://tinyurl.com/LFNJ20192020 Winne, Banta, Basralian & Kahn, PC  Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C. Jeralyn Lawrence Ayesha Hamilton Diana Manning Diane Smith Emily Kaller Timothy F. McGoughran Richard Sanvenero Jr. Harriet and Paul Klein Ira Metrick Lisa W. Spiegel William Krais Paulette Brown Paris P. Eliades Marianne Espinosa Denise Gallo Richard Gelade Jeralyn ...
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When the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) holds its 2019 Pro Bono Awards Reception on Oct. 24 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, attendees will hear about the often unsung heroes of the legal world who donate countless hours to help the poor, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable in New Jersey. The awards recognize exemplary pro bono work that has a significant impact on access to justice for underserved communities in the state. Fighting for child asylum cases For the attorneys at the Short Hills firm of DLA Piper, which won a Pro Bono Award for large firms, the cases often involve children who have fled violent and traumatic ...
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Supreme Court committee seeks to extend presumptive exclusion of medical reports from public access The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Public Access to Court Records recommended amendments to extend the presumptive exclusion of medical reports in all case types from public access. The reconsideration of Rule 1:38 was prompted by technological advances, “including the widespread implementation of eCourts.” “The ongoing implementation of eCourts has bought about the realization of the possibility foreseen in the Albin Report, which possibility likely will increase as electronic filing is made available to self-represented litigants,” said the committee ...
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At a time when civility in social discourse seems to be declining, New Jersey’s legal community takes seriously the idea that its members have an obligation to be professional. To that end, the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law—a cooperative venture between the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the state and federal judiciary, and New Jersey’s two law schools—will honor outstanding lawyers who demonstrate and uphold a commitment to the profession’s highest standards on Oct. 23, at the Professionalism Awards Luncheon in Edison. The Daniel J. O’Hern Award will be given posthumously to Jerome B. Simandle, a retired chief federal ...
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Tracy M. Thompson, acting insurance fraud prosecutor and an assistant attorney general in the division of criminal justice in New Jersey, was named the 2019 Charles J. Hollenbeck Award recipient by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Thompson is an NJSBA trustee. The Hollenbeck Award is given to an attorney who is employed by a governmental agency or by a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of the legal community, and has served with diligence, competence and dedication to the profession. As the acting insurance fraud prosecutor, Thompson supervises a staff of 100 who investigate and prosecute all types of insurance fraud, ...
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THANK YOU donors to the Lawyers Feeding New Jersey Campaign: Winne, Banta, Basralian & Kahn, PC   Paris P. Eliades Joseph L. Basralian Peter Bakarich Kimberley Lambert Marcy Millman Patricia Phillips Megan Jeffery Frances Thompson You can help too!!! Donate here:  https://tinyurl.com/LFNJ2019202
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State v. Olenowski Drug recognition expert (DRE) opinions based on drug influence evaluations (DIEs) are not generally accepted within the scientific community under Frye v. U.S. , 293 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923), said the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) in its amicus curiae argument to the Supreme Court last week. NJSBA member John Menzel argued the matter before the Court, urging the Court to exclude the DIE evidence in the case and remand the matter for the development of an appropriate foundation before the evidence can be admitted. The brief was written by Menzel, Joshua H. Reinitz, and NJSBA past president Miles S. Winder III. The Court ...
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