Judicial vacancies and the independence of the Judiciary will take center stage at the annual meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s General Council.
 
The event, to be held Nov. 16 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, will bring together politicians from both sides of the aisle, scholars and those with insights into the inner workings of the court system, to discuss the effects of judicial vacancies and what must happen to fill the empty seats on the bench. Attendees will be able to earn continuing legal education credits.
 
The event begins at noon.
 
In addition to the discussion, the event will feature the appointment of a General Council representative to the association’s Nominating Committee. The committee is responsible for evaluating and putting forward people to serve in leadership positions, including as association officers and delegates to the American Bar Association.
 
This year’s open seat will go to former New Jersey State Bar Association President Edwin McCreedy. He is the only candidate for the post.
 
General Council members hold two seats on the committee, and other members are appointed by the president or elected from the general membership. John Eastlack Jr. is the committee’s chair.
 
McCreedy is a Cranford attorney and Colts Neck resident. He is a certified civil trial attorney, and has been a member of the NJSBA for almost 40 years. In addition to his term as president, he has served on the Board of Trustees, was a former chair of the Judicial Administration Committee, and was active with the Civil Trial Bar Section.
He is a fellow of several organizations, including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and the International Society of Barristers.
In addition to his NJSBA involvement, McCreedy is a past president, officer and trustee of the Union County Bar Association, and many other organizations.
The meeting will also include the consideration of resolutions from members and participating bar associations.
 
The General Council is comprised of over 500 members of the state bar, as well as representatives of each county and specialty bar group in New Jersey. It serves as a forum to bring issues of concern to the state bar’s leadership regarding the practice of law and the role of attorneys in society.
 
To put forward a formal resolution, register or find out more, contact www.njsba.com or call 732-249-5000.