Attorneys who practice in the District of New Jersey’s three federal vicinages — Newark, Trenton, and Camden — comprise the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. In 1971, the AFBNJ was launched through the efforts of distinguished attorneys and judges.


Our founders recognized a need for connecting the federal bench and bar in the District of New Jersey. The AFBNJ offers attorneys, both new and experienced, opportunities to network and share their views on matters of federal practice.


Our annual Judicial Conference, Brennan Awards, Brown Bag Seminar Luncheons and Young Lawyers Networking events strengthen the relationship between the federal bench and bar in the District of New Jersey.


May 22, 2024 : Trenton Brown Bag Luncheon – Best Practices of Local Counsel

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, presents:

Best Practices of Local Counsel

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 
12:30 – 2:00 pm*

This CLE event is free of charge for current AFBNJ members, $25 for non-members and will be held in-person. Please register below.

Bring Your Own Lunch.

Clarkson S. Fisher Building & U.S. Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room
402 East State Street


Hon. Michael B. Kaplan, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
Hon. J. Brendan Day, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
Eric H. Jaso, Esq., Spiro Harrison
James S. Richter, Esq., Midlige Richter, LLC
Tara J. Schellhorn, Esq., Riker Danzig, LLP

Moderator: Corinne McCann Trainor, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP

This in-person CLE program will discuss best practices and pitfalls for those serving in federal court in the role of Local Counsel in civil, criminal and bankruptcy matters.  Why do out-of-state lawyers need or want Local Counsel? What do they expect of Local Counsel and are those expectations consistent with the duties imposed by the Court’s Local Rules?  What do the Rules of Professional Conduct require of Local Counsel?  The panel will discuss differences between serving as “Local Counsel” and “Co-counsel,” the Court’s expectations of Local Counsel, and ethics opinions addressing the obligations of Local Counsel.  This will be an engaging program with views from the Bench and Bar and questions for the panelists.

CLE Information:

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.8 qualify as hours of total credits for ethics, professionalism, and professional responsibility, of which 0 qualify as hours of credit for diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias (BCLE Reg. 302:1).

This program has been approved for 1.5 Pennsylvania CLE credits, including 1.5 ethics credits.

*It is recommended that you arrive by 12:15 to have time to go through security.



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