Thousands of Attorneys and Judges Gather in Atlantic City New Jersey State Bar Association Holds its Largest-Ever Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


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 next week. It is the largest annual gathering of the legal community, with nearly 2,700 judges, lawyers, law clerks and law students expected to attend the three-day event held in Atlantic City.


Prominent legal experts, programs on topics such as racial and ethnic identity issues in the courts, Joan of Arc and present-day jurisprudence, clean energy, a Supreme Court year in review, human trafficking, the latest developments from Trenton, and more will be featured.


Speakers during the three-day event will include: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and five sitting members of the New Jersey Supreme Court; several former and retired members of the Court, including former Chief Justice James R. Zazzali; members of the federal bench, including U.S. District Court for New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle; state Attorney General John J. Hoffman; former Governor James E. McGreevey; and Judge Nelson Johnson, author of Boardwalk Empire andBattleground New Jersey.


The event runs from May 13 to 15 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.


Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover event. Programming begins Wednesday.


Here are some of the highlights:

New President:

Miles S. Winder III, a solo practitioner from Bernardsville, will be sworn in for a one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association Thursday. He is the 117th president of the state’s largest lawyers group, which is the professional home to over 18,500 members.


Hot Topics:

From teaching lawyers how to confront fear in the practice of law, to a discussion about the raging tide of opiate abuse in New Jersey, a look at prisoner reentry training for lawyers, to the role the Magna Carta plays in modern-day law, to a frank discussion among female leaders in the legal community about politics and power, 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 85 educational seminars on everything from animal law and alimony reform to workers’ compensation.


State of the Judiciary Speeches:

Chief Justice Rabner and Chief Judge Simandle will deliver remarks about their respective judiciaries Friday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. American Bar Association President-Elect Paulette Brown will also address the gathering.


Following the speeches will be a featured event, “Judicial Independence at Stake: Examining the Intersection of Today's Political Climate and the Impartiality of the Courts.” The program will include Senator Kevin J. O’Toole, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, retired jurists Dorothea O’C. Wefing, an Appellate Division judge who sat temporarily on the Supreme Court, Maurice Gallipoli, who was the assignment judge in Hudson County, and Philip Carchman, who was an Appellate Division judge; Edward Hartnett, a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law; and Tom Moran, the editorial page editor of The Star-Ledger. NJSBA President Ralph J. Lamparello will moderate the program.