Board of Trustees Report, April 20, 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 trustees approved: The trustees approved Judge James Newman to serve in the Monmouth County seat on the Board of Trustees that is being vacated in May when Timothy McGoughran is sworn in as secretary. Newman is the presiding judge of municipal courts in Monmouth County and a former president of the Monmouth County Bar Association. In addition, Glennon Troublefield will represent the association at the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He takes over the seat of former NJSBA President and current New Jersey State Bar Foundation President Lynn Newsome, who will join the ABA’s Board of Governors in August.

The trustees appointed Mikeisha Anderson Jones to the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s board, and reappointed several people to serve that board. They are:

•         Kelly Ann Bird;

•         Norberto A. Garcia;

•         Ralph J. Lamparello;

•         Thomas J. Manzo;

•         Brian J. Neary; and

•         Kenneth Sharperson.

Farewell to outgoing trustees: The trustees set aside time to recognize several trustees whose terms will expire in May. They are:

•         Supti Bhattacharya;

•         Anthony M. Carlino;

•         Shanna McCann;

•         Lynn F. Newsome;

•         Michael L. Testa Jr.;

•         Marisa B. Trofimov; and

•         Ronald J. Uzdavinis.

Member benefits: The trustees renewed USI as the association’s member benefit program. Additional information about the services USI provides can be found here.

They also approved an agreement to provide NJSBA member discounts on new and leased Audis. Details will soon be available at’s Members section. (login required.)

Court reports: The NJSBA board voted on proposals contained in a raft of Supreme Court reports and agreed to submit comments about them. The comments covered issues that span in limine motions, child support for incapacitated children, and training for those who conduct arbitrations. The comments can be read here.

JPAC manual update: The trustees approved revisions to the manual that contains the policies and procedures that guide the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. The revisions largely address changes required by the new compact Gov. Phil Murphy signed in February, continuing the role the NJSBA has played in providing a non-partisan review of candidates for the bench and prosecutor’s positions. Since 1969, in an agreement initially outlined with Gov. Richard J. Hughes, the NJSBA has had a Judicial Compact with every governor’s office to review candidates in a confidential process. The new compact restored a significant role for county bars, outlined in the Compact itself, as part of the confidential candidate review process. It also added three seats to be designated for members from underrepresented groups in the legal profession.

Upcoming events: The trustees approved the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick as the site of the 2020 Family Law Symposium.

Honorees: A practitioner and a former senator will receive achievement awards from the NJSBA at the Annual Meeting and Convention. The trustees agreed former Sen. Kevin O’Toole and Thomas E. Lenahan should be recognized for their contributions to the profession and the association.