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2019 Mid-Year Meeting
November 6 - 10
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

       


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THURSDAY
Nov. 7 | 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

   
Hace Calor! Hot Tips for Hot Litigators: Puerto Rico Edition
MY19_0001 (Salon Dorado)
      
Hace calor – it’s hot! Come in from the heat with this popular program as expert trial attorneys and accountants address some of the most important issues affecting trial lawyers.
   
Moderator/Speaker:
Craig J. Hubert, Esq.
Szaferman Lakind, Lawrenceville
   
Speakers:
Robert J. Brass, Esq.
Maitlin Maitlin Goodgold Brass & Bennett, Millburn
William C. Gascoigne, Senior Managing Director-Wealth Management
Peapack Private Wealth Management
Thomas E. Lenahan Jr., Esq. 
Lenahan & Rockwell, Bridgewater
Denise M. Luckenbach, Esq.
Sellar Richardson, Livingston
Thomas J. Manzo, Esq.
Szaferman Lakind, Lawrenceville
William H. Mergner Jr., Esq., NJSBA Secretary
Leary Bride Mergner & Bongiovanni, P.A., Cedar Knolls
Michael R. Paglione, Esq.
Szaferman Lakind, Lawrenceville
Peter Wallburg, Senior Managing Director–Wealth Management
Peapack Private Wealth Management
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)

NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
Trial Attorney Certification: 1.5 civil credits

   

Resolver El Caso: Settlement Strategies from Somerville to San Juan
MY19_0003 (Patio del Fauno West)
   
Join us for this special presentation as seven esteemed judges discuss settlement strategies that will resolve your cases and please your clients.
   
Moderator/Speaker: 
Hon. Kimarie Rahill, P.J.F.P., Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren
   
Speakers:
Hon. Yolanda Ciccone, A.J.S.C., Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren
Hon. Thomas C. Miller, P.J. Cv., Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren
Hon. Kevin M. Shanahan, P.J.Cr., Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren
Hon. John P. McDonald, J.S.C., Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren 
Hon. Michael F. O’Neil, J.S.C., Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren
Hon. Michael Rogers, J.S.C., Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren   

NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 2.0 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credit pending ($8 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
NJAPM:  1.5 credits

      
Fast and Furious: The Latest Municipal Court Updates on Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs and Other Offenses
MY_19_0002 (Patio del Fauno East)
   

Driving under the influence is once again a hot topic in New Jersey. The courts are dealing with the possibility of thousands of convictions being overturned as a result of State vs Cassidy. To complicate matters re: driving under the influence, there are many users of marijuana for medicinal purposes in New Jersey and there is once again talk of legalizing it for recreational use. 
   
Municipal Court judges and practitioners will explore these issues and provide you with the latest on the law and  how to defend your clients who have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
      
Moderator/Speaker:
Miles S. Winder III, Esq., NJSBA Past President 
M.S. Winder Counselor at Law, Bernardsville   

Speakers:
Hon. James M. Newman, P.J.M.C., Freehold
Manual R. Grova Jr., Esq.
Mandelbaum Salsburg, PC, Elizabeth
Lisa W. Spiegel, Esq.

Kenneth A. Vercammen, Esq.
Kenneth Vercammen & Associates PC, Edison

   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
Municipal Court Certification: 1.5 general credits



THURSDAY
Nov. 7 | 10 – 11:40 a.m.
    
   
Hasta La Vista, Bebe! Family Law Issues in New Jersey and Puerto Rico
MY19_0004 (Salon Dorado)
      
Family lawyers know that saying “hasta la vista” to a spouse or partner is complicated. This seminar brings you outstanding lawyers and judges to discuss some of the most challenging issues in New Jersey family law. 
         
Moderators/Speakers:
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq., NJSBA Second Vice President
Lawrence Law, Watchung
Sheryl J. Seiden, Esq., Chair, Family Law Section 
Seiden Family Law, Cranford
   
Speakers:
Hon. Peter J. Melchionne, P.J.F.P., Hackensack
Hon. Angela White Dalton, J.S.C., Monmouth
Hon. Bernadette N. De Castro, J.S.C., Hudson
Hon. Jane Gallina-Mecca, J.S.C., Bergen 
Hon. Marcia L. Silva, J.S.C., Middlesex 
Hon. Daniel L. Weiss, J.S.C., Monmouth
Supti Bhattacharya, Esq.
Hill Wallack LLP, Princeton
Tabitha L. Castro, Esq.
The Castro Law Firm, Inc., Delaware and Cherry Hill
Carmen Diaz-Duncan, Esq.
Newsome O’Donnell, Florham Park
Susan Miano CPA/ABV/CFF
Friedman LLP, East Hanover
Pilar Perez-Rojas, Esq.
Law Office of Pilar Perez-Rojas, San Juan
Jodi Rosenberg, Esq.
Jodi Rosenberg Law, LLC, Millburn
Albertina Webb, Esq.
Hill Wallack LLP, Red Bank
      
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 2.0 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
Matrimonial Law Certification: 2.0 general credits

 

Stress and Ethics on the Isle of Enchantment
MY19_0009 (Patio del Fauno West)

Like palm trees and sunshine, stress and lawyers seem to go hand in hand. At the very least, stress makes the lives of lawyers difficult. At worst, it leads to poor decision-making. This program will address some of the causes of stress in the practice of law. They will also provide the audience with methods for destressing and refocusing so that a stressful moment doesn’t lead to long-lasting ethics consequences or malpractice claims. 
   
Moderator/Speaker:
Lori Ann Buza, Esq.
Chair, Lawyers in Transition Special Committee, KSBranigan Law P.C., Montclair
   
Speakers:
Hon. Camille Kenny (Ret.)
Jeremy Farrell, Esq.
Senior Director, Development and Community Relations
LeFrak, New York
Robert B. Hille, Esq., NJSBA Past President 
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown
Diana C. Manning, Esq.
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., Florham Park
Mike Mooney, Senior Vice President – Professional Liability Practice Leader
USI Affinity
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour), including 1.5 ethics/professionalism credits
NY CLE (Transitional & Non-transitional): 1.5 ethics credits
PA CLE: 1.0 ethics credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)

   
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Rebuilding Puerto Rico After the Hurricane
MY19_0005 (Patio del Fauno East)
   
Hurricane Maria brought wide-spread devastation to Puerto Rico. Thousands died and housing stock and infrastructure were left beyond repair.
   
New Jersey and Puerto Rico both had to rebuild after historic storms. This program will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and will address the legal, political, environmental and social dynamics of resiliency and construction in the wake of natural disasters.
   
Moderator/Speaker:
Thomas H. Prol, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Sills Cummis & Gross, PC, Newark
   
Speakers:
Luis Gerardo Rivera-Marin, Esq., Immediate Past Secretary of State of Puerto Rico
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Francisco Santiago-Rodriguez, Esq., Executive Director
Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico
Former In-House Counsel, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)
Kelly Waters, Esq.
Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP, Berkeley Heights
Neil Yoskin, Esq.
Cullen and Dykman, Princeton
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 2.0 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Transitional & Non-transitional): 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)



FRIDAY
Nov. 8 | 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
   

Livin La Vida Loca: Update on Cannabis Law in New Jersey and Puerto Rico 
MY19_0008 (Salon Dorado)
      
Co-Moderators:
Michael F. Schaff, Esq.
Co-Chair, NJSBA Cannabis Law Special Committee, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PC, Woodbridge
Seth R. Tipton, Esq.
Co-Chair, NJSBA Cannabis Law Special Committee, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, Phillipsburg
      
Speakers:
Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (22nd District)
Deputy Majority Leader
Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr., M.D., J.D.
Chair, Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (20th District)
Deputy Majority Leader
Goodwin Aldarondo, Esq.
Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana LLC, San Juan
Henry Rinder, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA
Smolin Lupin & Co., P.A., Fairfield
      
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Transitional & Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)

   
    
Credibility: Proving Your Case Through the Other Side’s Witnesses (or Adverse Witnesses)
MY19_0007 (Patio del Fauno West)
         
Moderator/Speaker:
Craig M. Aronow, Esq.
Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, LLP, New Brunswick
   
Speakers:
Hon. Alberto Rivas, A.J.S.C., Middlesex
Norberto A. Garcia, Esq., NJSBF President
Blume, Forte, Fried, Zerres & Molinari, Jersey City
Edward J. Rebenack, Esq.
Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, LLP, New Brunswick
David L. Wikstrom, Esq.
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C., Springfield
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
Trial Attorney Certification: 1.5 civil credits
   
   
East Side Story: Prosecuting Gang Violence in New Jersey and Puerto Rico

MY19_0006 (Patio del Fauno East)
      
As lawyers all along the east coast pursue justice for their clients and the citizens of New Jersey and Puerto Rico, the fight against drug crimes and gang violence continues.  Prosecuting and defending these types of cases can take years and significant resources. This experienced and esteemed panel will discuss some of the logistics that go into prosecuting and defending these complex cases with a specific focus on discovery issues, plea negotiations, and cooperating witnesses. Learn from lawyers and judges who have been on the front lines of these complex criminal cases with positive results for both sides.
         
Moderator/Speaker:
Kimberly A. Yonta, Esq., NJSBA President-Elect
Yonta Law, LLC, New Brunswick, Certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Criminal Trial Attorney
   
Speakers:
Assistant United States Attorney Alexander L. Alum
United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico
Hon. Colleen M. Flynn, J.S.C., Middlesex
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez
Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, Jersey City
Milagros Camacho, Esq.
Camacho Gardner & Associates, LLP, North Bergen, Certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Criminal Trial Attorney
Richard F. Klineburger III, Esq.
Klineburger & Nussey, Haddonfield. Certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Criminal Trial Attorney
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
Trial Attorney Certification: 1.5 criminal credits



FRIDAY
Nov. 8 | 10 – 11:15 a.m.
  
   
La Insolvencia: A View of Bankruptcy from Puerto Rico
MY19_0010 (Salon Dorado)
      
Moderator /Speaker:
Hon. Rosemary Gambardella
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey
   
Speakers:
Hon.  Mildred Caban Flores, Chief Judge
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Hon. Edward Godoy
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Hon. Enrique S. Lamoutte
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico
David Edelberg, Esq.
Cullen and Dykman, LLP, Hackensack
Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq.
Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C., Springfield
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)

      
    
Que Hiciste?! Emergent Relief in State and Federal Court
MY19_0011 (Patio del Fauno West)
      
Moderator/Speaker:
Andrea J. Sullivan, Esq.
Co-Chair, NJSBA Equity Jurisprudence Special Committee, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
   
Speakers:
Hon. Alberto Rivas, A.J.S.C., Middlesex
Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, Esq.
Genova Burns LLC, Newark
Edward Testino, Esq.
Edward Testino, Attorney at Law, Matawan
Shirley Berger Whitenack, Esq.
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, Florham Park
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)

      
    
Pride in Puerto Rico: An LGBTQ Rights Update
MY19_0015 (Patio del Fauno East) 
   
Join us for an essential update for all attorneys on LGBTQ rights in a special presentation that looks at both New Jersey and Puerto Rico. NJSBA LGBT Rights Section Vice Chair Jeffrey Fiorello and Immediate Past Chair Celeste Fiore will be joined by Ada Conde-Vidal, President of the LGBTQ Commission of the Puerto Rico Bar Association. They’ll discuss the latest New Jersey statutes, procedures and cases including the current status of R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Home vs. EEOC. They will also  provide an account of the current status of LGBTQ rights in Puerto Rico including Ada Conde’s fight for marriage equality in the United States District Court.        
   
Speakers:
Ada M. Conde-Vidal, Esq.
Conde Law Office, San Juan
Celeste Fiore, Esq.
Argentino Family Law and Child Advocacy, LLC, Montclair
Jeffrey Fiorello, Esq. 
Fiorello, Puccio & Fiorello, LLC, Wayne
         
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias (Non-Transitional): 1.5 credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)


SATURDAY
Nov. 9 | 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
            

   
Hurricane Maria and Beyond:  Impacts of Natural Disasters and States of Emergency on the Workplace
MY19_0013 (Salon Dorado)
   
This seminar presented by the Labor and Employment Law Section will explore the legal challenges employers and employees need to address in the face of a natural disaster or state of emergency. Employers and employees alike are often unprepared for the fallout caused by unexpected workplace closures, of both short and long duration. The featured presentation will be from a local attorney who will describe in detail the disruption caused by Hurricane Maria and how workplaces responded and adapted.
   
Moderator/Speaker:
Peter A. Frattarelli, Esq.
Archer & Greiner, P.C., Haddonfield
   
Featured Speaker: 
Carlos A. Rodríguez-Vidal, Esq.
Managing Member and Chair, Litigation and Trial Practice
Goldman Antonetti & Cordova, LLC, San Juan
   
Speakers:
Domenick Carmagnola, Esq., NJSBA First Vice President
Carmagnola & Ritardi, LLC, Morristown
Dina M. Mastellone, Esq.
Genova Burns, Newark
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
|NY CLE (Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)   

   
Celebrity Estate Litigation: Intellectual Property Battles in Estates Including: 
Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin, Robin Williams, Prince and Michael Jackson
MY19_0012 (Patio del Fauno West)
   
Speakers:
Keith Balla, CPA, PSA, ABV, CFF, CGMA
PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, Cranford
Ronald P. Colicchio, Esq. 
Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr, LLP, Princeton
Russell Fishkind, Esq. 
Saul Ewing Arnstein and Lehr, LLP, Princeton
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.5 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Transitional & Non-transitional): 1.5 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
Trial Attorney Certification: 1.5 civil credits
CPE:  1.5 taxation credits



SATURDAY
Nov. 9 | 10 – 11:40 a.m.
            
Puerto Rico-Outmigration Post-Hurricane Maria
MY19_0014 (Salon Dorado)
   
Moderator:
Susan G. Roy, Esq.
Former Immigration Judge
Chair, NJSBA Immigration Law Section
      
Speakers:
Hon. Daniel L. Weiss, J.S.C., Monmouth
Lauren Anselowitz, Esq.
Harlan York & Associates, Newark
Francisco Concepcion
Commission for Immigrant Rights for the Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico
Mihaela Epurianu Dranoff, PhD.
Montclair Center for Psychological Services, Montclair
Nandini P. Nair, Esq.
Greenspoon Marder LLP, Edison
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 2.0 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Transitional & Non-transitional): 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)

    
Lights, Camera, Action! The Effect of Media on the Law
MY19_0016 (Patio del Fauno West)
         
Speakers:
Sean R. Callagy, Esq.
Callagy Law, Paramus
Tanya Freeman, Esq.
Tanya Freeman Law, LLC, East Hanover
Robert B. Hille, Esq., NJSBA Past President 
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown
Jessica Ramirez, Esq.
D'Arcy Johnson Day, LLC, Newark
      
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 2.0 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Transitional & Non-transitional): 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)


   
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Part Two: The View from the Contractors of Puerto Rico
MY19_0017 (Patio del Fauno East)
   
Moderator/Speaker:
Thomas H. Prol, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Sills Cummis & Gross, PC, Newark
   
Speakers:
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (20th District)
Deputy Majority Leader
Alejandro Abrams, P.E.
President of the Associated General Contractors Association (AGC), Puerto Rico Chapter
Vice President of Desarrolladora JA, Inc. (General Contractor)
Juan C. Aguayo, P.E.
President, SSW Engineering & Construction, LLC (Specialty Contractor), San Juan
Antonio A. Arias-Larcada, Esq.
McConnell, Valdés LLC, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Monica de los Rios, Esq.
   
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 2.0 credits (50 minute hour)
NY CLE (Non-transitional): 2.0 professional practice credits
PA CLE: 1.5 substantive credits pending ($8 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)





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