The New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Nominating Committee is inviting state bar association members and non-lawyers to submit their resumes for consideration for positions on the foundation’s trustee board. Each nominated trustee will serve for a one-year term beginning on June 12. Trustees are eligible to serve a maximum of eight terms on the board. In addition, there is a vacancy for the position of secretary.
 
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association, provides a wide variety of free, law-related education services to the public. The foundation’s mission is: to foster an increased awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the law and the legal system among New Jersey residents; to serve as the statewide resource for law-related education for the public; to provide opportunities for lawyers to serve the public through the foundation’s programs; and to foster professionalism and pride in the profession of law through public service.
 
With support from the legal community, as well as funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey, the foundation was able to continue to broaden its reach to New Jersey residents last year. Nearly 2.3 million copies of foundation-written or foundation-sponsored publications were distributed to the public, including the school-based publications The Legal Eagle and Respect newsletter. Some 1,500 teachers received training through the foundation’s programs last year to help them teach the law in their classrooms and instill in their students the skills needed to resolve conflict without resorting to violence. The foundation also provided grants to other nonprofit organizations for free programs that educate the public about the law, and sponsored fellowship programs with unique community outreach initiatives at each of New Jersey’s three law schools. 
 
Attorney candidates for the foundation board must be members of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Non-attorneys are also eligible to be trustees of the foundation. Interested candidates must email a request for a questionnaire to the foundation’s executive director, Angela C. Scheck, at ascheck@njsba.com. Completed questionnaires are due March 8.
 
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HEAD TO COURTHOUSES FOR MOCK TRIALS
 
Students throughout the state tested their skills as lawyers, witnesses and jurors with the start of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition starting last month.
 
The competition, which is sponsored in cooperation with New Jersey’s 21 county bar associations, is free and open to public, private and home schools. Winners of the county competitions advance to regional playoffs in February at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.
 
This year’s case deals with the death of a champion show dog, allegedly resulting from the use of an over-the-counter flea treatment.
 
For further information, visit njsbf.org, or contact Sheila Boro, director of mock trial programs, at 732-937-7519 or email sboro@njsbf.org.
 
REGISTER NOW FOR FREE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING MOCK TRIAL PROGRAMS
 
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is now accepting reservations for its free mock trial programs for students in grades 3-8 in May at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The programs are open to public, private and home schools as well as Boy and Girl Scout troops and other organizations. 
 
During the interactive programs, elementary and middle school students who attend will serve as jurors. They will hear cases written and performed by winners of theø 2013 Law Fair and Law Adventure Competitions. Judges and attorneys will preside over the trials.
 
Programs for grades 3-6 will be held May 28 through 31. Seventh- and eighth-grade    sessions will take place May 20 through 23. To register, visit the foundation’s website, njsbf.org. The foundation’s programs and competitions can help to fulfill common core state standards for english language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects as well as the New Jersey core curriculum content standards for social studies.
 
For more information about the programs and competitions, please contact Sheila Boro at 732-937-7519 or email sboro@njsbf.org.