Board of Trustees Report, October 19, 2018

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The following is a summary of actions taken at the meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. This summary does not constitute official minutes.

New trustee: The former chair of the NJSBA's Solo and Small Firm Section will join the association's governing body. Ayesha Hamilton was selected to fill a vacancy for a section/committee trustee that became vacant when Evelyn Storch passed away earlier this fall. Hamilton will be sworn in at the December board meeting. She practices in Princeton. 


Clean audit issued: The association received a clean slate from its auditors. WithumSmith+Brown conducted the audit for the NJSBA's financial transactions in fiscal year 2018. The auditors said they will issue an unmodified opinion, which is the best kind of opinion that can be bestowed. The audit confirms the association's financials are free of misstatements, that its financial reports have been conducted with accuracy and transparency, and that all policies and procedures are up-to-date with current accounting standards. The association has a roughly $11.6 million annual budget to serve its 18,200 members and offer hundreds of educational programs through the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.


Legislation update: The trustees agreed to support three measures pending in the Legislature. A4453/S2830 would revise certain definitions in the Gestational Carrier Agreement Act. A4569/S499 would provide for an improved system for eligibility determinations for Medicaid and NJ Family Care applications. The trustees also lent the association’s support to a proposed measure to amend NJSB 2A:17-56.67, which would clarify the termination of the Probation Department’s obligation to collect and enforce child support orders.


Neary honored: The trustees approved a resolution honoring Mark Neary, the clerk of the New Jersey Supreme Court, who is retiring after decades of public service. Neary has served the Court since 2009 and was commended for “an exemplary career of service to the public and advocacy to advance the work of the Court, a fundamental foundation of our society.”  


Attorney Discipline budget comments: The NJSBA’s Executive Committee was charged with submitting comments to the Supreme Court’s about the proposed 2019 Attorney Disciplinary Oversight budget.