Board of Trustees Report, February 8, 2019

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This summary does not constitute official minutes of the meeting held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

New trustees sworn in: Three attorneys were sworn in to serve in vacant positions on the Board of Trustees. They were: Susan L.Nardone, of Gibbons PC, for a section/committee seat, Christopher J. Keating, a deputy Attorney General, and Rajeh A. Saadeh, who has a practice in Somerville. They both serve in Young Lawyers Division seats on the board.

Section bylaws updates: The trustees agreed with plans from two sections to update their bylaws. The Bankruptcy Law Section’s updates included three provisions that encourage diversity and inclusion in the section. The Dispute Resolution Section’s proposals aim to clarify the purpose of the section; creates various committees and provides for greater section business communications to be done electronically.

Government affairs: At the recommendation of the Legislative Committee, the board voted to support A4629, a measure that would direct the state Department of Human Services to establish an annual 60-day amnesty period for child support. The association will seek some amendments to be more inclusive of unusual custody arrangements.

Upcoming speakers: The trustees also approved several speakers for upcoming events. The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the educational arm of the association, will soon host programs featuring Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig; a trio of performers for a Jefferson, Adams and Franklin history-meets-CLE program; Robert Musante, a deposition expert; and Karamo Brown, star of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

In addition, two special featured speakers were approved for the Annual Meeting and Convention, which will be held May 15-17 in Atlantic City. Don Liu, the Chief Legal Officer of Target, will give a keynote at the Diversity Committee lunch and appear on a panel about general counsels; and Ellen “Elie” Krug, president of Human Inspiration Works, is speaking on a program about working with diverse humans.

Possible election: The board established March 29 as the start date if an election over candidates seeking leadership becomes necessary. Intelliscan, a third-party provider, was approved to conduct the election, should one take place this spring.