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

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For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014
Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing 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. Nearly 2,700 judges, lawyers, law clerks and law students are expected to attend the three-day event held in Atlantic City.
Prominent legal experts, programs on hot topics such as attorney advertising, trade secrets, a Supreme Court year in review, how doing pro bono work can improve leadership skills, the latest developments from Trenton, and more will be featured.
This year’s event will include a suite of programming focusing on the threats to judicial independence. A trio of seminars will examine how these threats affect justice around the globe and here at home, including “How the Courts Failed Germany” and a look at the issue through the lens of the influence of Mayor Frank Hague and the drafting of the 1947 New Jersey Constitution. Former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne, Sens. Kevin J. O’Toole and Nicholas P. Scutari, as well as legal scholars and dignitaries, will tackle “Judicial Independence: How Today's Political Climate Affects our Courts.” In addition, there will be a public hearing of the association’s Task Force on Judicial Independence.
Other speakers during the three-day event will be: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner; Justices Barry T. Albin, Anne M. Patterson and Jaynee LaVecchia; retired Justice Gary S. Stein and former Justice Helen Hoens. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Michael A. Chagares and U.S. District Court for New Jersey Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle will also address attendees. The programming will further feature some of the state’s leading legal figures, including numerous legislators.
The event runs from May 14 to 16 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.
Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover event. Programming begins Wednesday at 1 p.m.     
Here are some of the highlights:
New President:
Paris P. Eliades will be sworn in for a one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association Thursday. He is the 116th president of the state’s largest lawyers group, which is the professional home to over 18,000 members.
Eliades, who has a law firm in Sparta, is the first state bar association president from Sussex County in 30 years and the first Greek American to hold the office.
Hot Topics:
From teaching lawyers how to thrive in times of transition, to a discussion with U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman about cyber crime, to a review of the action in the New Jersey Supreme Court, to a frank discussion of 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 nearly 90 educational seminars on everything from animal law and alimony reform to worker’s compensation.
Public Hearings:
The meeting will include two public hearings on Thursday, including one on proposed changes to the rules of professional conduct, and a 1 p.m. hearing of the association’s Task Force on Judicial Independence.
State of the Judiciary Speeches:
Chief Justice Rabner and Chief Judge Simandle will deliver remarks about their respective judiciaries Friday, beginning at 9 a.m. Retired Justice Gary S. Stein will also address the conference on the issue of judicial reappointments.
Following the speeches will be the program called “Judicial Independence: How Today's Political Climate Affects our Courts,” which will include speakers 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.