Join the AFBNJ and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey at the

6th Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute


Announcing the 2023 Hon. Jerome B. Simandle Award* Recipient:

William M. Tambussi, Esq.

Monday, December 18, 2023 (Zoom webinar)
CLE Program: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Award Announcement: 2:00 pm

Federal Pro Bono Representation: Gain Valuable Federal Court Experience While Serving the Community

Opening Remarks:

AFBNJ President Victor A. Afanador, Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador
Chief Judge Renée Marie Bumb, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey

Tips for Successful Federal Pro Bono Representation:

Hon. Elizabeth A. Pascal, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
John S. Stapleton, Esq., LeVan, Stapleton, Segal & Cochran
Moderator: Hon. Sharon A. King, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey

This panel will focus on the different types of pro bono representation assignments available to counsel, such as full case assignments or appointments for discrete tasks, like depositions and evidentiary hearings. The panel will offer practice tips on various topics, including establishing the scope of representation, arranging client meetings, creating avenues for settlement, and withdrawing from a matter when necessary.

The Impact of Mental Health Issues on Pro Bono Representations:

Hon. Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
Professor David White, Seton Hall University School of Law
Moderator: Diana Katz Gerstel, Esq., Riker Danzig

Panelists will explore how mental health issues may impact the initial client interview, subsequent collaboration with the client, and litigation strategy. The panelists will also discuss how mental health issues affect various types of federal litigation, including Section 1983 civil rights actions.

*The Honorable Jerome B. Simandle Award will be presented to William M. Tambussi at the AFBNJ’s Annual Judicial Conference on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park. We hope you will join us then to honor him.

Important CLE Information:

This program is pending approval by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.2 hours of total CLE credit, of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of total credit for ethics, professionalism, and professional responsibility.

This program has been approved for 1.8 substantive CLE credits towards Pennsylvania, of these, 1.0 qualify as ethic credit.

In order to receive proper credit, each attendee is required to complete and submit a CLE affirmation form after the program, including filling in the code(s) provided during the program.