AFBNJ: Events


Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events in 2018:

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 42nd annual U.S. District Court Judicial Conference at Mayfair Farms

Thursday, June 14, 2018 – William J. Brennan Award Reception at Mayfair Farms


Upcoming Events in 2017:

RSVP DEADLINES (see below):              NOVEMBER 3
                                                                   NOVEMBER 17
                                                                   NOVEMBER 27


AFBNJ Young Lawyers Division – Federal Judges and 2017-2018 Law Clerks Welcome Reception – Reserve Your Spot by Nov. 17, 2017

Join AFBNJ’s Young Lawyers Division as it welcomes the 2017-2018 Law Clerks. All Young Lawyers* who are current or future members of the Association are invited to attend the Federal Judges and Law Clerks Reception.  Food and drinks will be served.

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, 3rd Floor Atrium, Newark, NJ
Tickets: $55

RSVP by November 17, 2017
Register here:

*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 Rutgers Law School.

Any question, please contact the following Co-Chairs of the Young Lawyers Division:

Corinne McCann Trainor (<>)
Brian Morrison (<>)
David Marck (<>)


Avoiding Pitfalls of Discovery in Federal Litigation: Perspectives of the Magistrate Judges and Bar – 1.8 CLE credits

Friday, December 1, 2017, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Mitchell H. Cohen Building & U.S. Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
4th & Cooper Streets, Camden, NJ

Register by November 27th for this Brown Bag Lunch Series, which is free of charge and includes lunch. Panelists include: 

The Honorable Ann M. Donio, U.S. Magistrate Judge; The Honorable Joel Schneider, U.S. Magistrate Judge; The Honorable Karen M. Williams, U.S. Magistrate Judge; Anthony J. DiMarino, Esq. and Elizabeth A. Pascal, Esq.  Topics will include Discovery Confidentiality Orders to Discovery Motions and participants will also have a Q&A opportunity with Magistrate Judges. 

Click here for the registration flyer. 


Register by Nov. 3rd for NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law Awards Luncheon

AFBNJ is pleased to announce that two of its members will be receiving awards at this year’s N.J. Commission on Professionalism in the Law Awards Luncheon. Peter S. Pearlman, a former trustee, will be receiving the 2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, which is presented to lawyers who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior. In addition, John M. Fietkiewicz, an AFBNJ member, will be receiving the Charles J. Hollenbeck Award, which is presented to a lawyer who has served in the legal profession with diligence, competence and dedication through employment by a governmental agency or an organization that serves the needs of the legal community. Other AFBNJ members, current and former trustees being honored at the luncheon include: Christopher D. Adams, member; Edward B. Deutsch, member; Asaad K. Siddiqi, current trustee; and Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., former trustee.

The luncheon and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12:00pm at the Imperia in Somerset, N.J. Click here to download registration form. 




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Honoring Dickinson R. Debevoise
In April 2016, the AFBNJ contributed $5,000 to the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) in memory of United States District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise to help support the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise Social Justice Legal Advocacy Fellowship.  Judge Debevoise served with unparalleled distinction for more than 35 years as a federal judge in the District of New Jersey until his death in August 2015 at 91.  During his years on the bench, Judge Debevoise earned a reputation as a consummate jurist, deeply admired and respected for his powerful intellect, fairness, and his passionate commitment to justice.  Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the NJISJ provides dynamic and independent advocacy aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural inequality that help create just, vibrant, and healthy urban communities throughout New Jersey. The NJISJ employs a broad range of tools to advance its ambitious urban agenda, including research and policy analysis, public education, communications, grassroots organization, the development of pilot programs, legislative strategies, and litigation.  Consistent with his commitment to public service, Judge Debevoise served as the NJISJ’s founding Board Vice President, Trustee, and later, Trustee Emeritus.  In that capacity, Judge Debevoise helped create, shape and advance the Institute’s mission.