New Jersey’s Top Judges Address New Jersey State Bar’s Annual Gathering

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For Immediate Release
May 16, 2014
Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director, Communications
Atlantic City - The state’s two top judges will address attendees at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention tomorrow morning, and a program featuring some of the state’s top legal and political figures will explore how today’s political climate affects judicial independence.
New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court of New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome Simandle will give State of the Judiciary speeches. Remarks begin at 9 a.m. in the theater at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Reporters and photographers are invited to cover the event.
The speeches come on the closing day of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention, which began Wednesday.
In addition to the speeches, Friday features a panel discussion about the ongoing issues, as well as a speech from a retired Supreme Court justice on the issue and a possible path ahead.
Immediately following the State of the Judiciary speeches, former Justice Helen E. Hoens will receive the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award for achievements in judicial administration and retired Justice Gary S. Stein will share his thoughts on what a compromised Judiciary means to New Jersey’s residents.
Then, a spotlight panel called “Judicial Independence: How Today's Political Climate Affects our Courts” will be a featured event. The program will include former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne; Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Sen. Kevin J. O’Toole, Senate Judiciary Committee member; John J. Farmer Jr., the general counsel at Rutgers University; and Prof. Paula A. Franzese of Seton Hall University School of Law. NJSBA President Ralph J. Lamparello will moderate the program.
Later in the day, additional programs will explore civility and professionalism in the courts and trends in labor and employment law, and U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman will discuss investigating and prosecuting cyber crime.