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New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting; First Latina President to be Sworn in Thursday 

The state’s legal community will come together at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention for educational seminars, speeches and networking events tomorrow. It is the largest annual gathering of the legal community, with nearly 3,000 judges, lawyers, law clerks and law students expected to attend the three-day event held in Atlantic City. The event will be held May 15 through 17 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. 
Speakers during the three-day event will include: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and several sitting members of the New Jersey Supreme Court; members of the federal bench, including U.S. Third Circuit Judge Paul Matey and U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey Chief Judge Jose L. Linares; state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal; U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito; and Don Liu, the chief legal officer at Target Corporation. Several legislators including Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano are also scheduled to speak.
Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover the event. Programming begins Wednesday. Here is a full line-up.
Here are some of the highlights:
First Latina President:
Evelyn Padin, who lives in Union County and practices family law in Jersey City, will be sworn in for a one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association on Thursday. She is the first Latina to serve as president of the association, which is the professional home to over 18,500 members.
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From teaching lawyers how to be culturally competent, to a discussion about the raging tide of opiate abuse in New Jersey, to a frank discussion among female leaders in the legal community about politics and power and how women and people of diverse backgrounds will shape the 2020 election cycle, nearly every topic and trend percolating in the legal world will be explored by the judges, lawyers and experts who know it best. 
Leading members of the profession will take part in 114 educational seminars on everything from animal law and alimony reform to workers’ compensation.
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Wednesday will feature Latinas Leading in the Law; a legislative update; a seminar covering "why people and jurors just don't like you," and a look at cannabis law and immigration trends.
Thursday brings the installation of new officers and dozens of seminars, including a look inside the U.S. Attorneys Office, a round-up of key Supreme Court cases over the past year; the latest in environmental justice and the fight against opiates; the annual Diversity Luncheon and presentation of the Mel Narol Award; and other sessions from yoga to what lawyers need to know to keep their practice running in a time of medical crisis. 
Friday features the State of the Judiciary speeches on the state and federal courts where Chief Justice Rabner and Chief Judge Linares will deliver remarks about their respective judiciaries Friday morning, beginning at 9 a.m.