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2018 Mid-Year Meeting

November 3 - 10

The Westin Excelsior, Rome



Mid-Year Meeting attendees can earn up to 10 valuable continuing legal education credits at a slate of programs, exploring the hottest issues facing New Jersey attorneys, with a Roman flair.

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. 


The War of the Roses With Thorns
Cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation
A look at prenuptial agreements after 2013, how duration of marriage affects premarital comingling, how to determine length of alimony for marriages less than 20 years and other thorny issues facing judges and attorneys today.
Hon. Thomas P. Zampino (Ret.)
Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri & DaCostal, LLC, Roseland
Hon. Peter J. Melchionne, P.J.F.P., Bergen
Hon. Madelin F. Einbinder, P.J.F.P, Ocean
Hon. Mark T. Janeczko, J.S.C., Bergen
Francis W. Donahue, Esq.
Donahue Hagan Klein & Weisberg, LLC, Morristown
Tanya L. Freeman, Esq.   
Tanya L. Freeman Attorney at Law, Parsippany
Thomas J. Hoberman, CPA/ABV/CFF
Withum Smith +Brown, Princeton
Bruce P. Matez, Esq.
Borger Matez, PA, Cherry Hill

#Metoo: Where Are We Now? 

Cosponsored by Labor and Employment Law Section and Women in the Profession Section
The #MeToo movement has had a seismic effect on society, including on college campuses and in the workplace. Experts in labor and employment, civil law and higher education will provide insights on where we are today. How do you protect the interests of the victim as well as the accused? The discussion will cover best practices firms, companies and universities can use to avoid claims of sex harassment/assault, investigations of claims of sexual assault and harassment, the use of non-disclosure agreements in settlement of claims and the ongoing debate and negotiations in New Jersey about NDA legislation. The panel will also focus on recent changes made by the Trump administration as to how sexual harassment and assault claims are to be handled on university campuses and the balancing of interests between victims and alleged perpetrators.
Christine A. Amalfe, Esq.
Gibbons P.C., Newark
Hon. Marianne Espinosa (Ret.)
Sharon P. Margello
, Esq.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Morristown
Virginia H. Rich, JD, MAT
Dean, School of Business; Program Coordinator, Healthcare Administration; Caldwell University, Caldwell

Hot Topics in Criminal Law: Updates from the Eternal City 
It is clear from DaVinci’s “A Man Being Pickpocketed” in 1493 and Caravaggio’s “The Card Sharps” in 1594 that crime isn’t new. However, there is some law that is. Join defense attorneys, prosecutors and a forensic accountant as they discuss the latest news and hottest topics in criminal law. 
Robert J. Brass, Esq.
The Beinhaker Law Firm, LLC
Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq.
Advokat & Rosenberg, Morristown
Lauren Anselowitz, Esq.
Harlan York & Associates, Newark
Keith S. Balla, CPA
PDF O'Connor Davies, LLP, Cranford
Robert A. Magnanini, Esq.
Stone Magnanini, Berkeley Heights
Susan G. Roy, Esq.
Law Office of Susan G. Roy, LLC, Princeton Junction
Thomas A. Zelante, First Assistant Prosecutor
Morris County Prosecutor's Office

Your Cyber Security Playbook: Practical Strategies from Salerno to Sparta
Cybercrime doesn’t take a vacation. Damage costs from cyber security breaches will hit $6 trillion annually by 2021 in the United States. Law firms are not immune to the dangers of being hacked. This program will provide you with practical, easy-to-understand and implement information regarding cybersecurity and cybersecurity response, as well as cybersecurity standards that attorneys can implement.
Dr. Robert Spangler, Associate Executive Director of IT and Operations
New Jersey State Bar Association
Greg Cooke, Vice President, Sales & Client Management 
USI Affinity

10 - 11:40 a.m.

Trials and Tribulations: What We Can Learn from Famous Italian Trials
Cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation

Take a tour of Roman history without leaving the hotel. Join New Jersey justices and judges as they take us on a quick journey through some of the most famous trials in Italian history: the trials of St. Peter and St. Paul – both tried and executed in Rome; Savonarola - the medieval priest, heretic and mystic who was put through a famous “trial by fire” for heresy (he didn’t make it); the trial of Galileo; the trial and execution of Mussolini and his mistress, Claretta Petacci; and the (six!) trials of Silvio Berlusconi, all of which ended in convictions that were later reversed. If time permits, the panel will also discuss the controversy surrounding the trials of Sacco and Vanzetti, Italian-born American anarchists who were controversially convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The panel will consider the continuing doubt over their guilt and its lessons for today.
Chief Justice James R. Zazzali (Ret.)
Gibbons, PC, Newark
Justice Virginia A. Long (Ret.)
Fox Rothschild, LLP, Princeton
Hon. John Keefe Sr. (Ret.)
Keefe Law Firm, Red Bank

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Injunctions from Cape May to the Via Condotti
Join chancery judges and expert attorneys as they discuss injunctive relief in chancery court. Topics include emergency hearings, preliminary and permanent injunctions, non-disclosure agreements and practical applications such as restrictive covenants and trade secrets.    
Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.)
Di Francesco Bateman Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum, PC, Warren
Hon. Thomas M. Moore, J.S.C., Essex
Robert B. Hille, Esq., NJSBA Immediate Past President
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown
Laurence B. Orloff, Esq.
Orloff Lowenbach Stifelman & Siegel, PA, Roseland

Equal Coins in the Fountain: How Pay Equity Laws Are Changing Salaries in New Jersey and Around the World
This seminar will discuss one of the hottest employment law topics of 2018: the changes to gender equity laws in New Jersey and the USA, including the latest on New Jersey’s groundbreaking pay equity law. This will also include a comparison of American laws with the latest gender equity laws in Italy and Europe, as presented by an Italian-based “avvocato” (lawyer).
Peter L. Frattarelli, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, PC, Haddonfield
John L. Shahdanian, Esq.
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Avv. Roberto Podda
K&L Gates, Milan, Italy

The OPRA Opera: Harmonizing the Latest Law in State and Local Government Proceedings
Sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation   
Much like melody and harmony, there is always a tension between protecting government interests and the public’s right to know. This seminar will discuss the latest practices and procedures under the Open Public Records Act. Topics include the disclosure of electronically stored information under Paff v. Galloway Township, what can and cannot be excluded from production based on security concerns under Gilleran vs Township of Bloomfield and more.

Thomas R. Kobin, Esq.
Chasan Lamparello , Mallon & Capuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Hon. Francis B. Schultz, J.S.C., Hudson
Matthew Giacobbe, Esq.
Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri & Jacobs, LLC, Matawan

Ethics in Your Practice: How to Avoid Being La Traviata

Like a great opera, avoiding ethics and malpractice issues in your practice requires talent and finesse. This program will help you stay in tune so that you don’t become La Traviata – the fallen one.
Kenneth A. Vercammen, Esq.
Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, PC, Ediso

Steven L. Menaker, Esq.
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Thomas H. Prol, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Laddey Clark & Ryan, LLP, Sparta
Daniel Rosner, Esq.
Rosner Law Offices, PC, Vineland

10 - 11:40 a.m.

Federal Practice Tips on Your Roman Holiday
Take some time away from your “Roman Holiday” to sharpen your American practice skills. Join the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and seasoned federal practitioners as they shine a light on the differences between practice in federal and state courts. They will have a lively discussion about both civil and criminal practice and provide you with valuable tips for litigating in federal court.
Chief Judge Jose L. Linares
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Madeline Cox Arleo
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Craig Carpenito, Esq.
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey 
Frank P. Arleo, Esq.
Arleo & Donohue, LLC, West Orange
Thomas P. Scrivo, Esq.

O'Toole Scrivo Fernandez Weiner Van Lieu, LLC, Cedar Grove

The Complex Business Litigation Program Rules: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
Is your client suing or defending the Merchant of Venice in a complex business action? This program will review the new myriad of rules that apply and provide you with tips and strategies for winning your case.
Gary Potters, Esq.
Potters & Della Pietra LLP, Fairfield
Hon. Georgia M. Curio, A.J.S.C. (Ret.)
Hon. Georgia M. Curio, Mediator
Ralph J. Lamparello, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Capuzzo, PC, Secaucus
William H. Mergner Jr., Esq.
Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni, PC, Cedar Knolls

Arbitration Advice from Rome to Red Bank
Join us for a sequel to last year’s popular program as expert lawyers and judges tackle the latest issues in arbitration. Representing a client in an arbitration may sometimes feel like a fight in the coliseum. Hear from expert gladiators – judges and lawyers – as they discuss tips for a successful arbitration. Topics include an update on the new rules, selecting the arbitrator, preparing your client for testimony, how to make the most convincing arguments and more. They’ll show you how to avoid getting bludgeoned so that you emerge victorious.

Hon. Glenn Berman, (Ret.) 
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Hon. Maurice Gallipoli (Ret.)
Porzio Bromberg & Newman, PC, Morristown
Hon. Deanne Wilson (Ret.)
Resolutions, LLC, Mendham
Karen A. Confoy, Esq.
Fox Rothschild, LLP, Trenton
Ilan Hirschfeld, CPA/ABV/CFF, MBA
Marcum, LLP

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.


Suggerimenti Calde: Hot Tips in Civil Litigation 2018
A panel consisting of an assignment judge and attorney experts examines several decisions that will affect your cases the most in 2018-19. Hear their analysis of In Re Accutane Litigation, State vs J.T., Ferrante v. NJM, Sauter v. Colts Neck Vol. Fire Dept. and more.  

Hon. Peter F. Bariso Jr., A.J.S.C., Hudson
Diane L. Cardoso, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C., Jersey City
Domenick Carmagnola, Esq., NJSBA Second Vice President
Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, Morristown
John V. Mallon, Esq. 
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Capuzzo, PC, Secaucus

Chancery Carbonara: Mastering the “Secret Sauce” in New Jersey Equity Courts
Andrea J. Sullivan, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Hon. Marina Corodemus (Ret.)
Corodemus & Corodemus, Iselin
Susan Miano, CPA, ABV, CFF
Friedman, LLP, East Hanover
Rosaria Suriano, Esq.
Brach Eichler, Roseland


10 - 11:15 a.m.

Cannabis Policy Models in Europe and the United States
Four lawmakers (a physician and three attorneys, including the author of New Jersey’s cannabis legislation and another specializing in cannabis law and investments) will discuss the current legal landscape and multidisciplinary challenges a practitioner may face in counseling clients in the cannabis industry and how the practice area is expected to grow with the possible legalization of adult use marijuana in New Jersey, with a focus on different U.S. state and local models to legalize medical cannabis and cannabis for adult recreational use.
The panelists will also explore cannabis policy models implemented by European Union member states, will discuss how state laws interact with the federal Controlled Substances Act, and will explore banking and federal tax difficulties for cannabusinesses. This program will also examine the growing need for legal services in the cannabis industry nationally and how New Jersey practitioners could be affected by adult use legalization.
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Esq., Majority Whip
CannaPharmacy, Inc., Newark, DE / Mukherji Wolf LLC, Jersey City
Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, Esq. 
Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
Law Office of Nicholas P. Scutari, Linden
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Esq., Deputy Majority Leader
Chair, Assembly Judiciary Committee
Municipal Prosecutor, Elizabeth
Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr., M.D., J.D.
Chair, Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee

Hot Tips for Hot Litigators - Rome 2018 Edition 
This popular program returns with the latest legal and procedural information for New Jersey trial attorneys. Don’t miss our top-notch panel of litigators and experts as they discuss the most important tips for your litigation practice.  

Craig Hubert, Esq.
Szaferman Lakind, Lawrenceville
Tracey C. Hinson, Esq.
Hinson Snipes, LLP, Princeton
Thomas E. Lenahan Jr., Esq.
Lenahan & Rockwell, Bridgewater
Diana C. Manning, Esq.
Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, Florham Park
Thomas J. Manzo, Esq.
Szaferman Lakind, Lawrenceville
William H. Mergner Jr., Esq.
Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni, PC, Cedar Knolls
Michael R. Paglione, Esq.
Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader, Lawrenceville
William E. Sansone, CPA
Withum Smith +Brown, Princeton

Fiduciary Standards: The Duty to Know 
The duty to know the beneficiary is critical to prudent trust administration. When Grantors and Settlors execute Trust Agreements, they often focus on: a) who is to receive the income from the trust, and b) and under what circumstances the beneficiary is to receive distributions. Some contain specific directives that provide the Trustee with clear standards and pose little risk to a Trustee to remit income or principal as mandated.  Many Grantors, however, prefer to give the Trustee sole and absolute discretion in determining whether income or principal should be remitted, often directing only that distributions be for the beneficiary’s “health, education, maintenance and support.”  In those cases, the Trustee has latitude to use their judgment, but latitude creates risk. A Trustee may be assuming risk if they don’t understand or know the unique nuances of the beneficiary’s needs. For example, a distribution may cause a beneficiary to lose their government benefits or create additional problems. 
This program will set forth some specific standards to use when a Trustee is given discretion so that they can avoid an otherwise perilous situation. The seminar will involve a discussion of the issues and a demonstration of new technology that approaches the fiduciary standard from a new, holistic perspective.
Russell J. Fishkind, Esq.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP,  New York & Princeton
Hon. Andrew Baron, A.L.J., Newark
Dion Johnson, Financial Professional
AXA Advisory, Wall