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Elementary and middle school students throughout New Jersey will head to virtual court in May, but not because they did anything wrong. They are the winners of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) Law Fair (grades 3 through 6) and Law Adventure (grades 7 and 8) competitions where students and their teachers wrote original mock trial cases based upon rules provided by the NJSBF. Winners will present mock trials before their peers, where they play the roles of attorneys, witnesses and jurors. Judges and attorneys will preside over the trials, which will be virtual. Law Fair winning cases deal with fossils stolen from a museum, a lost cat, theft of ...
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Lower Cape May Regional High School of Cape May County won the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s (NJSBF) virtual Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition on March 18, marking the first time the school won the competition. Taking second and third place, respectively, were West Morris Mendham High School of Morris County and Colts Neck High School of Monmouth County. As the state champions, Lower Cape May will represent New Jersey in the first virtual National High School Mock Trial Championship May 13–15. New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Judge Marilyn C. Clark, who recently retired as presiding judge of the Criminal Division in ...
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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 19, 2021.
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The latest issue of the Legal Eagle , the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s (NJSBF) legal newspaper for students in grades five and up, takes a look at several timely topics, including two that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the article “Stopping the Spread of COVID-19? There’s an App for That,” the concept of contact tracing, which has been used for centuries to halt the spread of disease, is examined. “Battling Stay-at-Home Orders in the Land of the Free” explores lawsuits and court decisions, including a recent decision on religious services.. And finally, in “Support Growing for Paying for College Athletes,” the publication examines a subject ...
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New Jersey county and affinity bar associations are encouraged to apply for grants from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) to fund programs for 2021 Law Day/Court Night, which this year has the timely theme “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” Law Day is an American Bar Association (ABA) program that is held every May 1 to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. As part of Law Day, the NJSBF’s Court Night programs help educate the public about how New Jersey’s court system works. Past programs have included essay contests and discussions with judges and lawyers about the law and the trial ...
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The pandemic didn’t stop the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s (NJSBF) 9th Annual Juried Art Show from opening earlier this month. Visitors can meander through a 3D art gallery on the NJSBF’s website and admire 39 works of art up close. The virtual gallery is the next best thing to being in-person at the New Jersey Law Center, where the art show is normally held. Visitors can peruse the gallery, turning left and right at the click of an arrow, zipping around walls and zooming forward and back to view artwork mounted on walls and find out if it is for sale. The art gallery also provides a guided tour. The artists include a diverse group of new and experienced ...
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Editor’s Note: A story on Susan A. Feeney, who also is also receiving the Medal of Honor, will appear in the coming weeks. Feeney is a partner at McCarter & English, and a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Because of the pandemic, the awards will be presented at a later date. In the early 1980s, factory workers and residents suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer linked to an asbestos product plant in Manville began filing lawsuits against the company. Soon, the state superior court in Middlesex County was bulging at the seams and it needed help. That’s ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) will launch a new school curriculum and series of trainings this fall that teach African American history from an anti-bias perspective. The NJSBF is the educational and charitable wing of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The online curriculum, titled Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad , highlights the contribution African Americans have made to the United States, as well as the lessons our country has learned from African American history. Breaking Bias is intended to complement New Jersey’s Amistad law, which was passed in 2002 and requires African American history to be taught as an integral part ...
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In a dozen New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) virtual workshops this summer, more than 200 educators from across New Jersey engaged in earnest conversations about anti-Black racism and learned about steps to help end it. Prompted by the social unrest rocking the country and the national conversation about racism, Elissa Zylbershlag, NJSBF director of conflict resolution and anti-bias initiatives, partnered with Erin Lee, a co-developer and facilitator of several NJSBF training programs, to create the workshop, titled “Being an Antiracist.” The pair, with Donnetrice Allison, chair of the Africana studies department at Stockton University, conducted the ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) has awarded $100,000 in emergency grant funding to 21 nonprofit organizations in New Jersey that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation’s Emergency Community Law Grants support nonprofit agencies as they assist New Jersey residents to better understand the laws that affect them every day. “For more than 25 years, it has been the Foundation’s mission to serve the public by providing free, law-related education. The Foundation couldn’t be prouder to carry out this important mission during this unprecedented time when the legal community and nonprofits are also being impacted by this pandemic,” ...
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Central to the mission of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF), the educational and philanthropic wing of the New Jersey State Bar Association, is teaching students and educators about the fundamentals of the legal system and the role it plays in all of our lives.  The Foundation is continuing its mission to serve educators despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. Some of those ways include:  Pivoting from in-person trainings at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick to webinars. The Foundation recently conducted five trainings via webinar for more than 380 educators on the topic of resilience. Planning to conduct additional free educator ...
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The following is a message from New Jersey State Bar Foundation President Norberto Garcia: Thank you for supporting the New Jersey State Bar Foundation as we all make the significant life changes that are necessary to deal with the current health crisis facing our country. These are challenging times. Our lives have been disrupted and there is a lot of anxiety. Fortunately, the Bar Foundation is well positioned to weather the coming weeks and months. As a foundation that focuses so much on education, a review of our past shows that as Americans we have faced difficulties such as this, and far worse, throughout our history. We will persevere. We will come ...
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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation's latest edition of the Legal Eagle , a legal newspaper for kids, is a special issue about elections that includes articles about gerrymandering, the Electoral College and whether the voting age should be lowered. The Legal Eagle is available by subscription and online here .
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