AFBNJ Past Events

PAST EVENTS

2017:

Professionalism Day in the United States District Court
November 15, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Programs in Camden – Newark – Trenton

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, is offering three simultaneous programs for attorneys for Professionalism Day on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Federal Courthouses in Camden, Newark, and Trenton.

These programs will each feature panels of judges and attorneys who will address aspects of Professionalism and Ethics for Trial Attorneys, with opportunities for questions and dialogues. Each program will convene in the Jury Assembly Room of the respective courthouses.

Camden

Moderator: Hon. Jerome B. Simandle, U.S.D.J.

Panelists: Hon. Joseph H. Rodriguez , U.S.D.J., Hon. Robert B. Kugler, U.S.D.J., Hon. Ann Marie Donio,U.S.M.J., Michael S. Berger, Esq., and Elizabeth Pascal, AUSA

Newark

Moderator: Fernando M. Pinguelo, Esq.

Panelists: Hon. Claire C. Cecchi, U.S.D.J., Hon. John M. Vazquez, U.S.D.J., Hon. Leda Dunn Wettre, U.S.M.J.,  and Hon. Stacey L. Meisel, U.S.B.J.

Trenton

Moderator: Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, U.S.D.J.

Panelists: Hon. Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, U.S.M.J., William E. Fitzpatrick, Acting U.S.A., Craig Hilliard, Esq., and John B. Kearney, Esq.

To register for this event, please go to the District Court’s web site www.njd.uscourts.gov. Under News and Announcements click on the Professionalism Day Registration link. Space is limited.

These programs are free of charge. Attendees earn 2.0 New Jersey MCLE Ethics Credits. Refreshments and materials will be provided.

** Please arrive early to clear security checkpoint **

 

Successful Federal Court Practice – 4.5 CLE Credits
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NJ Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ 

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Federal Practice Section and the NJSBA Business, Litigation Special Committee. Download the registration form here

Advance your knowledge and become a better advocate for your client with this advanced federal practice seminar. Topics discussed will include removal, pretrial conference and memorandum, discovery issues, local rule 5.3, and pro bono in the District Court. This seminar offers the chance to connect with federal practitioners and judges from across the state while learning the skills that will serve you and your clients well throughout the year. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Practicing in Federal Court-Tips from the Bench-2 CLE Credits
Park 80 West – Plaza One, Concourse Level
25 Pehle Avenue, Saddle Brook, NJ 

This two-hour CLE addresses the fundamentals of civil practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. You will hear directly from federal judges and acquire practical strategies to help you navigate your ease through the federal system. Brought to you by the Bergen County Bar Association. Click here to download the registration form.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
100 Tavistock Country club, 100 Tavistock Lane, Haddonfield

22nd Annual Camden County Bar Foundation
Judge John F. Gerry Award & Scholarship Presentation
Honoring the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Sr. Judge,
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Reserve your seat by October 12th! Click here for registration form. 

AFBNJ 2017 - Camden County Bar Event - Honorable Jerome B Simandle - 10.17.17

 

Thursday – June  29, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
ABA Section of Litigation Roadshow 2.0
Precision Advocacy: Reinventing Motion Practice to Win

CLE Credit hours – 3

Join AFBNJ as it hosts the ABA Section of Litigation Roadshow 2.0 on June 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Federal Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 50 Walnut Street, Newark. This year’s focus: how to promote efficiency and improve the chances for success in motion practice.

Click here to download the flyer and registration information.

AFBNJ members: If you are not a member of the ABA Section of Litigation, please use our special 15% discount code:  ROADSHOW17

 

Thursday – June 15, 2017
41st Annual William J. Brennan, Jr. Award Reception
6 p.m. reception; 7:30 program – Mayfair Farms, West Orange

The Honorable Paul J. Fishman, former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, will be presented the 41st Annual William J. Brennan, Jr. award on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey will also swear in its new officers and trustees.

 

Thursday – April 27: AFBNJ Young Lawyers’ Division
Third Annual Spring Networking & Cocktail Reception
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – McLoone’s Boathouse, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

The Young Lawyers’ Division of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey cordially invites all Young Lawyers* who are current or future members of the Association to attend the Third Annual Spring Networking & Cocktail Reception. Come meet members of the bench and bar as well as AFBNJ’s officers and trustees.

 

The event is hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

Thank you to the following firms whose contributions help make this event possible:

McCarter & English
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer
Day Pitney

 

Brown Bag Lunch Event:

April 6, 2017 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Jury Assembly Room, Martin Luther King Courthouse in Newark, NJ
“The Playbook: Litigating Criminal and Civil Cases in Federal Court” — Before any criminal trial, there are steps that can and should be taken to litigate issues in the form of pre-trial motions. You’ll hear best practices and the “do’s and don’t” from the court, defense and prosecution. You’ll also hear from federal judges about “The Four Faces of Federal Court: Litigating a Federal Civil Case.”  Click here to register for this program.

 

Annual Judicial Conference

Cyber security and data privacy issues facing in-house and outside counsel are at the top of AFBNJ’s program for this year’s 41st Annual Judicial Conference on March 23, 2017 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Law enforcement representatives, fraud investigation experts and specialists in crimes and computer hacking are among the confirmed panelists,” said AFBNJ President Mark S. Olinsky. Other hot topics include how to enhance trial presentations using storytelling and graphics as well as an open discussion with judges and practitioners on improving the New Jersey Federal Court system.

Click here for the full program. Registration deadline: March 17, 2017 – Click here for registration form.

 

February 24, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Camden, NJ
“Insights into Federal Practice: Perspectives of the Bench and Bar”  Hear judges’ and colleagues’ insights into various aspects of federal practice. Topics to include: Initial Conferences; Discovery Disputes; Dispositive Motions; Settlement Conferences; Trial and more. Click here to register for this program.

January 19, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in West Orange, NJ
AFBNJ and NJSBA Criminal/Federal Practice Panel
Join one of New Jersey’s leading criminal law practitioners for a panel discussion on investigation of cases in federal court, federal sentencing and other important distinctions to increase your effectiveness in federal court. Co-sponsored by AFBNJ, the NJSBA event will be held at the Wilshire Grand in West Orange, NJ.  See the attached flyer For complete registration details and RSVP today to reserve your seat.

2016:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
AFBNJ Young Lawyers Division Federal Judges and Law Clerks Reception

To welcome the 2016-2017 Law Clerks, the Young Lawyers Division of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey cordially invites all Young Lawyers* who are current or future members of the Association to attend the Federal Judges and Law Clerks Reception.  Dinner and drinks will be served.

Location:  Seton Hall Law School, 1109 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, NJ  07102

Please RSVP by November 14, 2016 via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/federal-judges-and-2016-2017-law-clerks-welcome-reception-tickets-28614291115

*Young Lawyers are those who have been practicing for ten years and less.

The event is hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and Seton Hall University School of Law.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Professionalism Awards Luncheon in Somerset
Awards & Luncheon from Noon to 3 p.m.

Larry Horn has been selected to receive the 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Professionalism Awards are given annually to lawyers from bar associations across the state who, by virtue of their character, competence, and demeanor are looked upon as a model of professional behavior. The Trustees unanimously agreed that Larry, a former Trustee himself, has exemplified this standard through decades of leadership and mentorship in the New Jersey federal legal community. The award will be presented at the Commission’s Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at The Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey, beginning with lunch at 12:00 PM and continuing with the awards ceremony from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be the Hon. John W. Bissell (ret.), Former Chief Judge of U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Registration form is here:  professionalism-awards-luncheon-form-11-3-2016

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.:  Camden, Newark and Trenton — 2.0 MCLE Ethics Credits

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, is offering three simultaneous programs for attorneys for Professionalism Day on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at the Federal Courthouses in Camden, Newark, and Trenton.

These programs will each feature Panels of judges and attorneys who will address aspects of Professionalism and Ethics for attorneys, with opportunities for questions and dialogues. These programs are free of charge and attendees will earn 2.0 New Jersey MCLE Ethics Credits. Seating is limited and registration required. To learn more and register, visit:  http://www.njd.uscourts.gov/news/click-here-register-professionalism-day-united-states-district-court-october-19-2016

2015:

November 19th from 12:30 to 2 PM, a Brown Bag Lunch in Newark
At the Martin Luther King Courthouse, The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey presents, “The Do’s and Don’ts in Federal Criminal Trial Practice: From Voir Dire to Verdict.” See the attached flyer for complete registration information and RSVP by November 13th since space is limited.

November 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, a Young Lawyers Event in Newark
The Young Lawyers Association of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey cordially invites all “Young Lawyers” who are current or future members of the Association to attend The Federal Judges and 2015-2016 Law Clerks Reception at McCarter & English, LLP, Four Gateway Center, 100 Mulberry Street, Newark.

  • Joint Bankruptcy Dinner

November 10th from 6 to 8:30 p.m., a Joint Bankruptcy Dinner in E. Brunswick
The New Jersey Federal Bankruptcy Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and four other organizations are co-sponsoring a Joint Bankruptcy Dinner at the Hilton East Brunswick at which six United States Bankruptcy Court Judges will be honored.  Registration deadline is November 5th and complete details are in this attached flyer.