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      For more information on New Jersey State Bar Association events, please contact Kate Coscarelli, Senior Managing Director of Communications and Media Relations, at kcoscarelli@njsba.com or call 732-249-5000.

 

December 27

HUDSON COUNTY BAR ASS’N —   7th Annual Holiday Festival CLE, Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at 583 Newark Ave., 4th Floor, Jersey City.  Schedule: 8:50 am (50 min.): Year in Review (Criminal Section), presented by The Office of the Public Defenders. 9:50 a.m. (50 min.): Nuts & Bolts of Landlord/Tenant law; presented by Gregory G. Diebold, Esq. 10:50 a.m. (50 min.): Nuts & Bolts (Family Section). presented by:Christine  C. Fitzgerald, Esq.11:50 a.m. (50 min.): Year in Review (Civil Section), presented by Norberto A. Garcia, Esq. 12:50 p.m. (50 min.): Overview of the Ethics Process, presented by Maria P. Vallejo, Esq., District 6 Ethics Secretary. 1:50 p.m. (50 min.):  Immigration, presented by Ingrid Echeverria, Esq. For more information, call 201-798-4708 or contact Kathleen Curtis-Mendez at www.hcbalaw.com.

January 8

NJSBA —  Family Law Section Business Dinner Meeting (Section Members only), Tues., 6-8:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. This business dinner meeting is open to all members of the Family Law Section. Preregistration is required. Registration includes a hot dinner buffet, beer and wine. Cost: $41.

NJSBA —   Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee Meeting (Section Members only), Tues., 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Bar Association, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. Food will be provided (sandwiches). (Please register so we may order the appropriate amount.) This meeting will take place at the NJ Law Center only. Members who cannot attend in person may join via conference call. All callers will remain on hold until the chair/host initiates the call. Dial-in number: 732-964-1031; Conf. room number: 671017; User Pin: 1022.

January 9

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Elder Law Committee Meeting, Wed., 8 a.m., at the MCBA Office, 87 Bayard St., New Brunswick. Topic: TBA. A light breakfast will be served. There is no cost to attend. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

NJSBA — Construction Law Section CLE Meeting (Section Members only), Wed., 6-7:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Bar Association, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick.

January 10

NJSBA —  Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour, Thurs., 6-9 p.m., at The Pour House, 124 Haddon Ave.,  Westmont. The Young Lawyers Division cordially invites you to join them for Happy Hour at The Pour House. This free event includes three-hour drinks and light appetizers (house wine, domestic bottled beer and soda). Family and friends are welcome. Don’t miss out on this great networking opportunity! Sponsors: Camden County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee; LEAP; Schwartz Financial Associates, Inc.; and USI Affinity.

NJSBA —  Banking Law Section Board of Directors Meeting (Section Members only), Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. Members who cannot attend in person may join via conference call. Dial-in: 732-964-1031; Conf. Room number: 671003; PIN number: 2017. Cost: $27.

January 14

NJSBA  Labor and Employment Executive Committee Dinner Section Members only), Mon., 6-8 p.m., at Venezia, 112 Main St., Woodbridge. Please join us for a business dinner at a new location, Venezia in Woodbridge, (Parking is behind the venue.) Cost: $50 per person.

January 15

NJSBA — Land Use Section Board of Directors Meeting (Section Members only), Tues., 9-11 a.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. General Business Meeting for Land Use Section Board of Directors. Breakfast is optional. Registration Fee: $9 with continental breakfast including coffee, tea, water (free with no breakfast).

NJSBA — Minorities in the Profession Section Business Meeting (Section Members only), Tues., 6:30-8 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. General business dinner meeting for the Minorities in the Profession Section. All section members are encouraged to participate in-person for each meeting. A pizza dinner will be served. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $10.

January 16

NJSBA  Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section Board of Consultors Dinner (Section Members only), Wed., 4:30-7 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. This is a business dinner meeting for members of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section’s Board of Consultors. Preregistration is required. Members who cannot attend in person may participate via conference call. Dial-in information will be sent via postal mail and email to all section members. Cost: $23.

NJSBA  Law Office Management Business Meeting (Section Members only), Wed., 6- 8:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq.,  New Brunswick. Members may participate in this meeting in person or via conference call. All callers will remain on hold until the admin/chair joins the conference: Call In: 732-964-1031; Conf. Room number: 671003; User Pin: 2017.

January 17

NJSBA  Criminal Law Section CLE and Business Meeting (Section Members only), Thurs., 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. Schedule: 5:30 p.m.: Registration and dinner; 6-7 p.m.: CLE meeting; 7-7:30 p.m.: Business meeting. Topic: Recent Attorney General Directives and Initiatives and Their Goals in Improving Law Enforcement and Community Relations. Speakers: AAG Veronica Allende, Director of the Division of Criminal Justice; and DAG Claudia Joy Demitro, Special Assistant to the Director. Description: The Director of the Division of Criminal Justice, Veronica Allende, will be speaking on recent AG directives and initiatives working toward improving law enforcement and community relations. She will be addressing the 21/21 Community Policing Initiative, the Independent Prosecutor Directive, the Body-Worn Camera Transparency Directive, the Early Warning Systems Directive, and the CLEAR Institute Directive.

NJSBA  Fireside Chat on New Jersey’s Public Finance Laws (NJSBA Members only), Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. Join us for an informal conversation with the New Jersey Treasurer and her top staff, on a wide-range of topics concerning public finance law, the administration of the state’s finances and the economic state of New Jersey, including the 2018 budget, economic trends, the state’s credit rating, and fiscal policy initiatives related to taxes, economic development, infrastructure, pension reform, healthcare, energy, transportation, and education. Moderator: Adam T. Tamzoke, associate on the Public Finance team at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Maher Muoio, State Treasurer. Speakers: Dini Ajmani, Assistant Treasurer; Catherine Z. Brennan, Deputy Treasurer; Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, Assistant Treasurer. Co-sponsored by Women in the Profession.

NJSBA  Diversity Committee New Year’s Kick-off, Thurs., 6-8 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. Please join the Diversity Committee at our annual New Year’s Kick-off event. The evening will include delicious food, a live band and a photo booth. This  is a free event open to all NJSBA members and invited guests. Sponsors: Minorities in the Profession Section; Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender Rights Section; Asian Pacific Lawyers Association of New Jersey; Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey; Association of Jewish Attorneys; Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey; Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York; South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey; Seton Hall Law School; Rutgers Law School; and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.

NJSBA  Solo and Small-Firm Section Esq./CEO Roundtables, Thurs., 6-8 p.m., at Withumsmith+Brown, PC, 331 Newman Springs Rd., Suite # 125 Red Bank. Take an evening to work on your business. Get free advice from other solo’s on how to strengthen your business, troubleshoot problems, improve your overall marketing and make your business more efficient and profitable. Learn how to build your professional team of experts and take your business to the next level. Moderator: William E. Denver. Sponsors: Investors Bank; LEAP; NeoVision; USI Affinity; Withum.

NJSBA  LGBT Business Meeting (Section Members only), Thurs., 6:30-8 p.m.,  at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. This meeting will take place at the NJ Law Center only. Members who cannot attend in person may join via conference call. All callers will remain on hold until the chair/host initiates the call.  Dial in number: 732-964-1031; Conf. room number: 671018; User Pin number: 6880. Cost: $13.

January 22

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N Tax Committee Meeting, Tues., 8 a.m., at the Law Office of Greenberg & Schulman, 90 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 200, Woodbridge. Update on 2019 Heckerling Institute: Part 1 with Richard Greenberg, Esq. Cost: $5 for MCBA Young Lawyers and $10 for all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

NJSBA —  Elder and Disability Law Section Meeting (Section Members only), Tues., 6-8:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. This meeting is free and in person only for members of the Elder and Disability Law Section. Coffee and water will be available in the Visitors Lounge.

January 23

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Family Law Seminar, Sat., 4:30 p.m., at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison. Topic: Review of 2017 Family Law Opinions. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — General Membership Dinner Meeting, Sat., 6:15 p.m., at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison. Joint meeting with the Union and Somerset County Bar Associations. The 2018 Edward Schoifet and Martin Goldin Family Law Awards will be announced. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

January 24

NJSBA —  Federal Practice and Procedure Section, CLE and Reception (NJSBA Members only), Thurs., 5-8 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. 50th Anniversary of the Federal Magistrates Act of 1968: The Act–in Text and Application–and Practice Points From The Bench. Schedule: 5-6 p.m.: CLE seminar; 6-8 p.m.: Reception. In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Magistrates Act of 1968, the panel will review the text and import of the Act and the manner in which we rely upon it in the District of New Jersey, in particular with respect to the appointment of new Magistrate Judges. The panel will also provide practice points with regard to the most common interactions between the bar and the magistrate judge bench. (Dinner Reception to follow.) Presenters: Corinne McCann Trainor, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP; Hon. Michael Hammer, U.S.M.J. (Newark); Hon. Lois H. Goodman, U.S.M.J. (Trenton); Hon. Karen Williams, U.S.M.J. (Camden); and Fernando Pinguelo, Esq., Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC. CLE Credits: Pending.

NJSBA — Career Resolutions: New Year, New Start to Your Career (NJSBA Members only), Thurs., 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Bar Association, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. What are your career resolutions for 2019? Are you looking for a new practice area? A new way to use your law degree? Maybe you just want to reclaim your legal career and kick off the year with a fresh outlook. Invest in your career with optimistic active changes and set your 2019 career goals and resolutions. Join industry experts who will offer practical tips on how to take action to jump start your career, from updating your resume and interviewing skills to understanding your personality type. Explore alternative legal careers and learn how you can realize the legal career you want and deserve. Sponsor: Execu-Search. Co-sponsors: Law Office Management Committee; Lawyers in Transition; Legal Education Committee; Membership Committee; New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators; Paralegal Committee; and the Young Lawyers Division. Agenda: 5:30-6:15 p.m.: Networking; 6:15- 6:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks; 6:30-7 p.m.: Emotional Intelligence, Cedric Ashley, Co-Chair, NJSBA Law Office Management Committee, Diversity Committee; 7-7:30 p.m.: Alternative Legal Careers, Lori Buza, Co-Chair, Lawyers in Transition Committee; 7:30- 8 p.m.: Interviewing Skills, Resume Refresh and Job Hunting Tips, Micki Mersky, Managing Director, Execu|Search Group, Legal Services Division. 8 p.m.: Q&A session and Networking (bring your business card).

NJSBA —  Health Law Section CLE Meeting (NJSBA Members only), Thurs., 6-8 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. CLE Topic and Credits: TBD.

January 25

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Board of Trustees Meeting, Mon., 12:15 p.m., at the MCBA Office, 87 Bayard St., New Brunswick. All members are invited to attend. To make a reservation, you must call 732-828-3433, ext. 102 in advance.

NJSBA  2019  Family Law Symposium, Friday Evening Program Preview, at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, 2 Albany St., New Brunswick. On January 25th and 26th, 2019, hundreds of family law attorneys, judges, paralegals and other related professionals will meet in New Brunswick to attend the Family Law Symposium, New Jersey’s leading family law conference. Reserve your seat today to hear thought-provoking and insightful presentations that examine many of today’s cutting-edge matrimonial law issues, and to network with the colleagues and other family law professionals. Don’t miss out on this New Jersey’s top Family Law event featuring compelling and timely discussions on: Annual Caselaw Update; The New Alimony Law–How’s That Working for You?; Everything a Family Lawyer Needs to Know about the Economic and Custodial Consequences of 50/50 Child Custody; Legislative Update and Unreported Decisions; Things Every Family Lawyer Should Consider: Is a Life Insurance Policy a Distributable Asset?; Reasonable Compensation and Capitalization Rates; Variable Income/Variable Alimony? Can a court order alimony in variable amounts keyed to future income?; How to treat assets acquired post filing—Does the non-titled spouse have an interest in the asset or the money utilized to acquire the asset? Cost: $325.

January 26

NJSBA —  2019 Family Law Symposium, Sat., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, 2 Albany St., New Brunswick. Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Family Law Section. Cost: $325.

January 28

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Municipal Court Practice Seminar, Mon., 5 p.m., at the MCBA Office, 87 Bayard St., New Brunswick. Annual DWI Review. Speakers: Hon. Spero Kalambakas, J.M.C.; Peter H. Lederman, Esq.; and Prosecutors Mac Womack, Esq. and John Kawcyznski, Esq.  Cost: $30 for MCBA Young Lawyers, $40 for MCBA Members; and $75 for all Others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

January 30

NJSBA  Benchmarks Civics Project, Wed., 9-11 a.m., at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq., New Brunswick. Benchmarks Civics Project Training Will Empower, Inform Citizens “We can all agree we want a peaceful, safer and a more harmonious country for ourselves, our families and our children. To advance that goal, we call upon our brothers and sisters in the legal community to be stewards of truth and to help educate our neighbors and friends about the fundamental tenants of democracy.” — NJSBA President John E. Keefe Jr. Knowledge is power and informed citizens are empowered citizens. However, many people know very little about our state and federal government. Do you know that according to a national survey, 22 percent of Americans think the three branches of government are Republican, Democrat and Independent?  Over one-third of Americans cannot identify even one branch of government; Only two percent of Americans polled could identify the five rights in the First Amendment. The New Jersey State Bar Association and New Jersey Judiciary created a program to foster a better public understanding of civics and the essential role the courts play in a vibrant democracy. The program is called the Benchmarks Civics Project and the latest training session is set for Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 9-11 a.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Through Benchmarks, lawyers will receive ethics/professionalism continuing legal education credits (CLE) when they attend a training session about speaking on civics issues to community groups. Once trained, attorneys who go out and speak with those groups can earn additional ethics/professionalism CLE credits. Benchmarks is fun, interactive and not political. It’s not a lecture, but a creative program that will educate, inform and empower. (NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 2.4 credits (50-minute hour), including 2.4 ethics/professionalism credits.) Speakers: Robert B. Hille, Esq., McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown; Lisa W. Spiegel, Esq., Senior Managing Director of Legal Education, New Jersey State Bar Association. Cost: $25.

January 31

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Real Estate Law Seminar, Thurs., 5 p.m., at the MCBA Office, 87 Bayard St., New Brunswick. Recent Developments in Real Estate Law. Speaker: Thomas J. Denitzio Jr., Esq. Cost: $30 for MCBA Young Lawyers, $40 for MCBA Members and $75 for all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

NJSBA  NJ Devils Game vs. NY Rangers Game, Thurs., 5:30-9 p.m., at the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark. Join us for a networking reception and hockey game featuring the NJ Devils vs. NY Rangers at the Prudential Center. This event is open to NJSBA members and non-members, so invite your family, friends and colleagues. Cost: $93 per person. Night Includes: Private networking event from 5:30-7 p.m. with light fare; Each ticket will include a Devils drawstring backpack; Post-game group photo on the main ice after the game. Sponsors: Guaranteed Subpoena Service, Inc.; Investors Bank; Law Pay; PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP; TD Bank; WithumSmith+ Brown, PC; and Zola Media, LLC.

February 6

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Trial Practice Skills Series, Part 1 of 4, Wed., 1:30 p.m., at the Middlesex County Courthouse, Courtroom 201, 56 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. Topic: Pre-Trial Prep/Trial Prep. Cost: $80 per class & $240 whole series for MCBA Members; and $160 per class & $480 whole series for all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

February 7

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Young Lawyers Family Law Breakfast Meeting, Thurs., 8 a.m., at the MCBA Office, 87 Bayard St., New Brunswick. Topic: Filing Under the “FD” Docket. Speakers: Lauren Miceli, Esq., and Alison Sutak, Esq. Cost: $5 for Law Clerks, $15 for Young Lawyers, $20 for MCBA Members and $40 for all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N —  #MeToo/Employment Law Dinner Symposium, Thurs., 4:30 p.m., at The Pines Manor, Edison. Co-Sponsored by the NJ Women Lawyers Association and NJSBA Women in the Profession Section. Panel discussion following viewing of “RBG” with introduction b former Associate Justice Helen Hoens followed by panel discussion of the #MeToo Movement and Employment Law. Cost: $50 for Law Clerks; $85 for MCBA/NJWLA/NJSBA-WIPS Members and $115 for all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

February 13

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION —  Elder Law Committee Meeting, 8 a.m.,  at  the MCBA Office, 87 Bayard St., New Brunswick. Topic: TBA. A light breakfast will be served. There is no cost to attend. To make a reservation, call (732) 828-3433, ext. 102.

 February 22

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION —  Board of Trustees Meeting, 9 a.m., MCBA Office, 87 Bayard St., New Brunswick. All members are invited to attend. To make a reservation, you must call 732-828-3433, ext. 102 in advance.

 February 26

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION — Tax Committee Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Law Office of Greenberg & Schulman, 90 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 200, Woodbridge. Update on 2019 Heckerling Institute: Part 2 with Richard Greenberg, Esq. Cost: $5 for MCBA Young Lawyers and $10 or all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

 March 6

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Trial Practice Skills Series, Part 2 of 4, Wed., 1:30 p.m., at the Middlesex County Courthouse, Courtroom 201, 56 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. Topic: Opening Statements/Direct Examination. Cost: $80 for MCBA Members and $160 for all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

April 3

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Trial Practice Skills Series, Part 3 of 4, Wed., 1:30 p.m., at the Middlesex County Courthouse, Courtroom 201, 56 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. Topic: Cross-Examination/Closing Arguments. Cost: $80 for MCBA Members and $160 for all others.To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.

May 1

MIDDLESEX COUNTY BAR ASS’N — Trial Practice Skills Series, Part 4 of 4, Wed., 1:30 p.m., at the Middlesex County Courthouse, Courtroom 201, 56 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. Topic: Experts. Cost: $80 for MCBA Members and $160 for all others. To make a reservation, go to www.mcbalaw.com or call 732-828-3433, ext. 102.