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Thank you for becoming a section, committee, or division chair for the New Jersey State Bar Association. We are so grateful for your dedication and look forward to a productive and meaningful year of education, advocacy, networking and leadership in the legal profession.

NJSBA MEETING REQUEST PORTAL: Need to schedule a meeting or event? Fill out this form to get started. Afterwards, your section/committee services manager will reach out to you for final details.

NJSBA Leadership Manual: Your guide to key policies and procedures as a section,  committee or division leader in the NJSBA.
Dos and Dont's for Success as an NJSBA Section/Committee Leader: A one-sheet summary of major takeaways for all section, committee and division leaders. If you read nothing else, read this!

NJSBA Bylaws: These are the general, Association-wide bylaws. Section chairs seeking bylaws for their specific group should scroll to the bottom of this page.
NJSBA Policy Manual: If there’s a question you have, there is likely a policy to match it! All sections, committees and divisions must abide by the NJSBA policy manual.


Your first and likely most frequent point of contact will be your section/committee/division services manager:

·       Brian Doyle, [email protected] or 732-937-7512

·       Gabriella Ribeiro, [email protected] or 732-214-8506.


Please also feel free to reach out with general questions to:

·       Paula Saha, Senior Managing Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Member Engagement, at [email protected] or 732-214-8509.


For off-site meetings and special events:

·       Denise Gallo, Senior Managing Director, Meetings and Facilities, [email protected] or 732-937-7537

We encourage you to plan off-site meetings and special events, but please remember that contract review and planning must go through the NJSBA Meetings Department. We look forward to working with you to plan the perfect event for your members and more.


For Communications and Publications:

·       Kate Coscarelli, Associate Executive Director, Communications, [email protected] or 732-937-7548

The NJSBA has a host of publications and writing opportunities your members can work on, as well as publications that will highlight the good work your group is doing. Check out our blog, The Bar Report and New Jersey Lawyer (member login required). In addition, we encourage you to consider publishing a section or committee newsletter.

NJSBA Newsletter Tips for New Editors


For assistance with CommunityNet:

·       Barbara Straczynski, Director of New Media and Promotion, [email protected] or 732-937-7524

CommunityNet is a listserv tool and the best way to reach out to all your members at once. If you have questions about settings and access, please reach out. In addition, you can find a tutorial presentation here.


For questions about NJSBA Policies and Procedures and Board of Trustee agendas:

·       Sharon Balsamo, Assistant Executive Director/General Counsel, [email protected] or 732-937-75052

Reach out with questions about bylaws as well as other NJSBA procedures and policies for your section, committee or division.


For planning ICLE Seminars and Annual/Mid-Year Meeting Programming Ideas:

·       Lisa Spiegel, Associate Executive Director, Continuing Legal Education, [email protected] or 732-214-8554

Work with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education to put on CLE seminars that are more than two credits that will be marketed to all New Jersey attorneys, not only NJSBA Members. In addition, reach out to Lisa Spiegel with programming ideas for ideas for the Annual or Mid-Year Meeting. For meeting CLE programs that are 90 minutes or less, please coordinate with your section/committee/division services manager.


For assistance with Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives:

·       Paula Saha, Senior Managing Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Member Engagement, [email protected] or 732-214-8509.

The NJSBA is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the profession and Association. Read our Commitment to Diversity here and learn more here. In addition, check out this NJSBA Diversity Action Plan and Checklist, which NJSBA Trustees must fill out every year. It offers several practical ways for NJSBA leaders to promote diversity and inclusion in the profession.

For Membership Initiatives:

·       Abram Garcia, Director of Membership, [email protected] or 798-565-7560

All section, committee and divisions members must be members of the NJSBA. Consider hosting membership drives or inviting non-members to “try-out” a meeting.

For Advocacy and Government Affairs

·       Sharon Balsamo, Assistant Executive Director/General Counsel, [email protected] or 732-937-7505

·       Lisa Chapland, Senior Managing Director, Government Affairs, [email protected] or 732-214-8510

·       Amy Conrad, Legislative Assistant, [email protected] or 732-214-8501
Do you know of a case in your practice area that might benefit from NJSBA involvement? Is there a piece of legislation your group wants to bring to the attention of the NJSBA Board of Trustees? The Legal and Government Affairs Department spearheads the Association's efforts to advocate on behalf of its members before the state's three branches of government.
Link to amicus request form
Links to forms and resources on NJSBA government affairs and legislative involvement
Links to information on Judicial Administration

Watch video of our 2021 webinar on legislative advocacy.


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