Addressing the Increasing Threat of Heroin, Smashing the Glass Ceiling, Boardwalk Empire-Author, and Cyber Security on Tap Tomorrow at New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release

Kate Coscarelli
Sr. Managing Director of Communications

Atlantic City – New Jersey Supreme Court justices, state legislators, and top legal experts will gather tomorrow, May 13, at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City.

With over 2,700 lawyers and judges in attendance, the event is the premiere gathering of the state’s legal community. It begins tomorrow and continues through Friday at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover the event.

Some of Wednesday’s highlights:


The Annual Meeting features over 85 educational seminars over the three-day event. On Wednesday, the state’s top lawyers and judges will discuss immigration, trying marijuana-related cases and school law changes.

Others highlights include:

  • New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman will focus on the increasing heroin and opiate threat facing the state and ways different groups can work together to address addiction, while decreasing the illicit drug trade.
  • An all-star line-up of powerful women in the profession will discuss what it took to smash the glass ceiling. The speakers include Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, Senator Loretta Weinberg, Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and retired Essex County Assignment Judge Patricia K. Costello.
  • Judge Nelson Johnson will discuss his new book, Battleground New Jersey – Vanderbilt, Hague and Their Fight for Justice.
  • Seton Hall University School of Law Professor Paula A. Franzese will address “Finding Meaning in the Practice.”

Coming tomorrow:

A new slate of officers will be installed to lead the association’s executive committee. Miles S. Winder III, will become president of the association. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will administer the oath of office. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Coming Friday:

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court of New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome Simandle will deliver State-of-the-Judiciary speeches at 9 a.m. American Bar Association President-Elect Paulette Brown will also speak. The morning will also feature a panel discussion on judicial independence.

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