Board of Trustees Report February 4, 2022

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New Jersey State Bar Association

Board of Trustees Report

Feb. 4, 2022

Note: This report does not constitute official minutes.


Judicial vacancies: Judicial vacancy issues are of critical concern to the NJSBA and Association President Domenick Carmagnola recently sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy urging action, specifically to address vacancies on the New Jersey Supreme Court where there exists one vacancy with a second looming. With anticipated retirements through July, vacancies on the Superior Court are expected to increase to near 70 positions, with the problem most acute in Essex, Bergen, Passaic, Mercer, and Hudson counties. The NJSBA Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee continues to meet and review candidates.


Non-lawyers performing legal work: Carmagnola said he would form an Access to Justice Ad Hoc Committee to examine the impact of alternative legal service providers and how to appropriately address access to justice issues in New Jersey. A committee charge will be developed, and additional details will be circulated.  

Special speakers: The trustees approved three speakers for New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education programs and events this year. Sonali Chakravarti, a professor and author of several books, including Radical Enfranchisement in the Jury Room and Public Life, will speak on jury selection issues at a program in March. Judge Beverly McLachlin, who served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will discuss her life in the law in a fireside chat with President-Elect Jeralyn L. Lawrence. Attorney and author Lenné Eidson Espenschied will give a in a four-part series about logic, argumentation and persuasion. Registration information and additional details will be available at  

New Jersey State Bar Foundation Trustee: The Board approved Loren Pierce to fill a vacant seat on the NJSBF’s Board of Trustees. She is a principal at Bressler Amery and Ross in Florham Park.  

Election: The Board determined that should there be a need for an election this spring, voting will start March 21.  

Criminal Law Section award: The Board approved the Criminal Law Section’s request to give an annual award to recognize and celebrate a practitioner who has demonstrated excellence and achievements in the field.   

Upcoming events: The Board approved several hotel contracts for NJSBA meetings. A contract was approved for the 2022 Elder Law Retreat to be held March 23-25 at Wind Creek Bethlehem; the NJSBA 2022 Annual Meeting and Convention to be held May 18-20 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City; the 2022 Environmental Law Forum to be held at Icona Resort, Wildwood Crest; and the 2022 Mid-Year Meeting to be held at Casa Marina, Key West, Fla. Additional details and registration information will be available at  

American Bar Association House of Delegates: The Board voted to support Resolution 603, which is pending before the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. The resolution urges the federal government to review processes and procedures used when determining veterans’ discharge upgrade petitions to ensure individuals with mental health issues are treated fairly. The position will be shared with the NJSBA’s delegates to the House of Delegates, which is scheduled to meet virtually Feb. 14.