Board takes action
 
The New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body, the Board of Trustees, weighed in on several issues at its recent meeting.
 
Here is a look at what the trustees did:
 
·         Adopted a manual to govern election procedures. The manual codifies the procedures to be used in the event there is a future contested election. The manual formally incorporates procedures such as distributing an electronic copy of the association’s membership list to the candidates, an appeal process and other issues.
 
·         The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education will test a program to sell season tickets, offering association members, as well as non-members, a discount for purchasing a bundle that will admit them to five or 10 programs over the course of the year.
 
·         Approved a name change for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section. It will be now known at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section, which is consistent with national standards and practices.
 
·         Advocate that the standard for review of municipal court appeals — independent de novo reviews of municipal court convictions – should not be changed. The issue is currently being considered by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Practice Committee.
 
·         Agreed toco-sponsor a resolution that will be voted upon at the American Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting in Dallas in February. The resolution amends the model code of Principles for Juries and Jury Trials, specifically reminding judges and lawyers of their duty to protect and enhance jury trial rights, recommends that jurors be cautioned against communicating in any way about a trial, including through electronic means, and to accommodate non-English speakers in jury pools.
 
Dispute resolution award nominees sought
 
The Dispute Resolution Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association is soliciting nominations for its 2013 James B. Boskey ADR Practitioner of the Year Award. The Dispute Resolution Section gives the award annually to a member of the association who serves as an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) neutral or as an advocate in ADR proceedings or who advocates in the public sphere to advance the cause of alternate dispute resolution in New Jersey.
 
The nomination deadline is March 1. To find out more about the nomination process, visit njsb.com.
 
NJSBA Immediate Past President Feeney honored
 
Susan A. Feeney, a partner the immediate past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a partner at McCarter & English LLP, received the Mary Philbrook Award from The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey.
 
She was among the honorees at the organization’s “Passion, Power, Progress 2012 Awards” ceremony, which was held at the New Brunswick Hyatt Regency Hotel.
 
She was honored for her contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession. Other honorees were: Sen. Nia Gill, Assemblyman Joseph Cryan; Chris Daggett, president and chief executive officer of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Saki Dodelson, founder of Achieve3000; and the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College.
 
The organization is dedicated to increasing the number of progressive women in elected and appointed office, protecting reproductive freedom, and creating a women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women.