The nearly 80 sections, committees and divisions that make-up the New Jersey State Bar Association are central to its mission.
While the Board of Trustees is the association’s governing and policy-making body, the groups that examine substantive issues and other subject areas are looked at to provide insights on trends, case developments, legislation and other matters.
When substantive sections become inactive, efforts are made to reinvigorate them and find new volunteers to take the lead.
In an effort to breathe new life into three sections, the trustees decided that two, the Fidelity and Surely Law and International Law sections, should be converted into special committees and that dues-paying members of those sections will be invited to remain active in the committees and refunded payments for section membership.
Hoping to give the Intellectual Property Section a boost, the trustees agreed a fresh search for new leaders should be conducted. The trustees granted authority to the association’s Executive Committee to seek nominations and oversee an election of the section to install new leadership in the section.
Here’s a look at the trustees’ actions on other issues:
  • The trustees approved lawyers and law firms as honorees in recognition of service to the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and in the pro bono community.
In honor of the judges and lawyers who volunteer to teach courses through the education institute, an annual award presentation is held. This year it will be at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on Dec. 9.
The award winners will be: Michael Maggiano, of Fort Lee, will receive the Alfred C. Clapp Award from the educational institute; and Judges Patricia Roe, of Ocean County, and Mary Margaret McVeigh, of Passaic County, and attorneys Kevin R. Gardner, of Roseland, and Jeffrey Evan Gold, of Cherry Hill, will receive distinguished service awards for their work in education.
At the upcoming sixth annual Pro Bono Conference, a pair of attorneys and a law firm will be honored for the volunteer work they provide.
This year’s Pro Bono Award winners will be: Paul Marino, of Day Pitney; Alyson Villano, of Patton Boggs; and law firm Subranni Zauber. The conference will be Oct. 29 at the Law Center.
  • The trustees approved a disaster preparedness management plan for the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The home to the NJSBA, NJICLE, the IOLTA Fund for Client Protection and New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Fund, the law center is a focal point of the legal community. Each year, thousands of lawyers, judges, law students, and members of the public visit the law center to attend networking events, educational seminars and other programs. In light of Hurricane Sandy and other incidents, the disaster plan was updated to ensure proper procedures are in place to keep the building and staff safe and the operations of the organizations functioning in the face of critical events.