Board of Trustees Report - April 10, 2015

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The following is a summary of actions taken at the April 10, 2015, 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. 

Diversity: The New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at its recent meeting, unanimously adopting a “Statement of Diversity and Inclusion.” The statement sends a strong message supporting diversity and inclusion. It expands on the association’s commitment to diversity that was approved in 2010. 
    "The New Jersey State Bar Association has a fierce commitment to the principles of fostering diversity and inclusion in the profession. We want everyone in the legal community to feel there is a place for them at the table. This statement reaffirms that commitment and highlights the dire need to recognize and listen to diverse voices in the legal profession and honor the rich value that inclusiveness can bring,” said NJSBA President Paris P. Eliades. 
    Read the full statement here. 

Legislation: The trustees approved taking a position in favor of proposed legislation, including S-2541, which regulates litigation-funding providers; A-4118, which requires the Department of Human Services to prioritize placement of parents of children receiving services in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs; and S-2714/A-3902, which addresses inheritance tax for step-grandchildren. 

Court rules: The board considered feedback from its sections and committees on the Supreme Court’s annual rules reports on everything from complementary dispute resolution to municipal court practice. The association will send detailed information about the various proposals and likely testify at the Court’s annual public hearing on the rules changes in May. Read the letter here (PDF).

Senior lawyers: At the request of the Senior Lawyers Committee, the trustees agreed to establish a Senior Lawyer of the Year Award, which will be presented at the committee’s annual symposium. The first recipient will be former trustee Arthur Miller, who will be given the award posthumously. 

Prisoner reentry: The trustees approved a request that the Young Lawyers Division send letters to various parties in support of efforts in Hudson County to obtain federal grants for mental health and other efforts related to assisting people reentering society after imprisonment. 

Recognizing outgoing trustees: The board took a moment to honor its members whose terms as trustees are concluding. They are: William Ferreira, Paul Gallagher, Francis A. Koch, Jonathan Lomurro, Michael McLaughlin, Louis Miron, Anthony J. Murgatroyd, Gary Potters, Steven W. Suflas, and Kimberly A. Yonta.