Board of Trustees Report - January 16, 2015

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This is a summary of actions taken at the Jan. 16, 2015, meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees. This summary does not constitute official minutes. 

Amicus: The association will petition the Court to participate in Rodriguez v. Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Company to advocate in favor of litigants’ rights. The trustees agreed the association should seek to be involved in a limited manner in the case, which involves the enforcement of a provision on an employment application that said the employee waived a two-year statute of limitations to file claims against the employer and instead agreed to a six-month period.

E-device guidelines: After extensive discussion and careful consideration, the trustees approved reaching out to the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts to raise concerns about the implementation of a directive governing the use of electronic devices in courtroom proceedings, specifically as related to attorneys having to carry a signed form permitting such use. In a letter to the Court, the association set forth the myriad uses these devices serve. In response, the Court agreed to delay the effective date for that portion of the directive. At present, no new date has been set.

Election procedures: The governing body renewed a set of procedures that will guide the organization through any contested election or bylaw vote in a fair and mannerly way. The bylaws require the adoption of such a policy manual each year. The procedures cover everything from how to submit a candidate petition to campaigning and fundraising to the voting process. 

Upcoming events: The trustees approved the selection of the Hyatt Regency as the site of the 2016 Family Law Retreat in Savannah, and approved the choice of the Philadelphia Wyndham as the location of the 2015 Elder Law Retreat.

Policies: The Board of Trustees adopted the recommendations of a committee that studied the association’s policies related to how the president and others should be reimbursed for expenses incurred while performing the duties of the organization. The policies were adjusted to bring greater uniformity to the procedures and ensure the president, members of the Executive Committee and, in limited instances, members of the Board of Trustees, do not have to absorb excessive expenses related to their work for the association.