For Immediate Release
May 13, 2014
Senior Managing Director, Communications
Atlantic City – The largest gathering of the state’s legal community kicks off tomorrow. Over 2,700 New Jersey judges, lawyers, state legislators and legal experts will gather tomorrow, May 14, at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City.
The event, held at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, is the premiere annual gathering of the state’s legal community. It begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday and continues through Friday.
Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover the event.
Among the two dozen educational seminars tomorrow are sessions that look at updates on animal, healthcare and school law matters; the future of the legal industry; “The Tangled Web of Online Advertising;” issues in litigation; “Finding Meaning in the Practice;” and many other topics.
The conference also features several programs examining the threats to judicial independence. On Wednesday, U.S. Holocaust Museum historian Dr. William Meinecke will discuss the lessons learned from the lack of judicial independence leading up to the Holocaust, including the role of judges and lawyers in enabling the Hitler regime to come to power.
A new slate of officers will be installed to lead the association’s executive committee. Paris P. Eliades, of Sparta, will become president of the association. New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will administer the oath of office. The event begins at 7 p.m.
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and U.S. District Court of New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome Simandle will deliver state of the Judiciary speeches at 9 a.m.
Retired Justice Gary S. Stein will also deliver a speech sharing his thoughts on judicial independence and the reappointment process. Former Justice Helen E. Hoens will receive the NJSBA’s Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration.
Immediately following the speeches, a special program examining how today’s political climate affects the courts will feature 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., 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.