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AFBNJ Past Events

Annual Federal Judges and 2018- 2019 Law Clerks Reception – November 29th

Annual Federal Judges and 2018- 2019 Law Clerks Reception

Thank you to all who attended the Young Lawyers Division of The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey’s Annual Federal Judges and 2018 – 2019 Law Clerks Reception on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at McCarter & English in Newark, NJ.

Pictured from left to right: Hon. Michael Hammer, William T. Reilly (President of the AFBNJ), Hon. Stanley Chesler, Brian Morrison and Bonnie Birdsell (Co-Chairs of the Young Lawyers Division of the AFBNJ)
Kate Janukowicz, Megan Wiggins, Hon. Michael Chagares and Maria Brinkmann

October 24: Pro Bono Conference- The Attorney’s Role in the Reentry Movement Era

SECOND CHANCE NEW JERSEY – The Attorney’s Role in the Reentry Movement Era

5:30–6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
6:30–7 p.m. Awards Ceremony
7–8 p.m. CLE programming

Join the New Jersey State Bar Assocation as they celebrate the outstanding contributions of the 2018 Pro Bono Award recipients. Then, stay for a presentation led by former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey to discuss the many ways in which attorneys can assist in the ongoing efforts to facilitate prisoner reentry. This CLE program will include information about the successes and struggles since the passage of the Second Chance Act, as well as federal court initiatives designed to implement and sustain effective prisoner reentry programs. Learn more about the integral role you can play to have a direct impact on the lives of prisoners, their families and society as a whole.

Moderator: Governor James E. McGreevey, Executive Director, Jersey City Employment & Training Program


Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey
Honorable Michael A. Hammer, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey                                                                                                       Victor A. Afanador, Co-Chair of the Re-Entry Volunteer Committee for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

Law Office of Catherine Finnerty
Lowenstein Sandler, LLP
McCarter & English
USI Affinity

Association of the Federal Bar of NJ
NJSBA Young Lawyers Division
Rutgers Law School
Seton Hall Law School

NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 1.2 credits

NY CLE (transitional & non-transitional): 1.0 professional practice credit

PA CLE: 1.0 substantive credit pending ($4 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)


October 23rd: “Gender on Trial” CLE with Lara Bazelon

Featuring the powerful author and law professor, Laura Bazelon

Presented by the Seton Hall Law School’s Dean’s Suite, Alumni and Development Office and Continuing Legal Education (CLE).  Sponsored by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 ¦ 3:30-7:00 p.m.
(registration 3:30 p.m., program 4 – 6:00p.m., networking reception 6 – 7:00 p.m.)
WHERE: The Larson Auditorium, Seton Hall Law School
CLE CREDIT AVAILABLE : 2 Ethics CLE credits for NJ and PA
TICKETS: Complimentary Event

DESCRIPTION: Join Seton Hall Law School for an evening of learning and dialogue exploring issues and stereotypes that affect women in the legal profession. This thought-provoking and informative Continuing Legal Education (CLE) will feature Laura Bazelon, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction.

Panel Moderator: The Honorable Esther Salas, U.S. District Court Judge

Panelists: The Honorable Katharine Hayden, U.S. District Court Judge; Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and Lisa Pensabene, Partner at O’Melveny & Myers.

Professor Bazelon and this distinguished panel will share not only their experiences but identify ways to overcome the hurdles associated with gender bias. Professor Bazelon will also sign copies of her new book, Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction, following the CLE. A networking reception will follow, as well.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the following individuals. Questions about event and to make changes to your registration? Contact Safiena Amzad at safiena.amzad@shu.edu or 973-642-8293. Questions about CLE? Contact Rosa Alves at cle@shu.edu.


October 16th: Professionalism Day in the United States District Court

Professionalism Day in the United States District Court October 16, 2018 | 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, offered three simultaneous programs for attorneys for Professionalism Day on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Federal Courthouses in Camden, Newark, and Trenton. These programs  each featured panels of judges and attorneys who addressed aspects of Professionalism and Ethics for Trial Attorneys, with opportunities for questions and dialogues. Each program convened in the Jury Assembly Room of the respective courthouses.


Moderators: Hon. Joel Schneider, U.S.M.J.
Panelists: Hon. Joseph H. Rodriguez , U.S.D.J., Hon. Robert B. Kugler, U.S.D.J., Gary J. Lesneski, Esq., Gilbert J. Scutti, Esq.,
LaTonya Bland-Tull, Esq.


Moderator: Janine Strafaci, Emmy Award-winning journalist
Panelists: Hon. Claire C. Cecchi, U.S.D.J., Hon. Mark Falk, U.S.M.J., Hon. John Sherwood, U.S.B.J., Fernando M. Pinguelo, Esq.
Angelo A. Stio, III, Esq.


Moderator: Hon. Michael B. Kaplan, U.S.B.J.
Panelists: Chief Judge Kathryn C. Ferguson, U.S.B.C., John Icklan, Esq., Lauren Bielski, Esq., Ellen McDowell, Esq.

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



October 11, 2018: NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law Awards Luncheon

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law held its annual awards luncheon on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Pines Manor in Edison. Outstanding lawyers who exemplify the values that frame our noble profession were honored.

Raymond M. Brown received the 2018 PROFESSIONAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARD from the AFBNJ, which is presented to lawyers who are respected by colleagues for their character, competence and exemplary professional behavior.

Linda G. Harvey, AFBNJ member,  was also honored at the luncheon with a 2018 Professionalism Award, in cooperation with the NJ Women Lawyers Association.

Pictured from Left to Right are: AFBNJ President, William T. Reilly, Honoree Raymond M. Brown and AFBNJ Immediate Past-President, Sabrina G. Comizzoli.



The First Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute: Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday: October 5, 2018: The Essentials of Handling a Pro Bono Matter in the District Court of

Left to right: Jack O’Brien (the Chief Deputy Clerk for the District Court of New Jersey); Professor David White (the Director of the Conflict Management Program at Seton Hall Law School); Natalie Kraner, Esq. (Senior Public Interest Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler); Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert; Magistrate Judge Lois Goodman; Ed Kole (Chairman of the Business Litigation Department at Wilentz and President-Elect of the AFBNJ).

New Jersey -Tenets, Ethics Issues and More

The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, together with the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, partnered with ICLE to present the First Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute at the New Jersey Law Center. This joint effort, spearheaded by Ed Kole (Chairman of the Business Litigation Department at Wilentz and President-Elect of the Association) and U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois Goodman (who also chairs the Court’s Pro Bono

Committee), was designed to further bolster and bring a notoriety to the Court’s pro bono program, as well as the aspiration to provide fair access to the courts and the overall benefits of the program.

Moderator: Edward T. Kole, Esq., Wiletnz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., Woodbridge

Speakers Included:
Hon. Anne E. Thompson, Former Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Stanley R. Chesler, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Lois M. Goodman, U.S.M.J., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Trenton
Natalie J. Kraner, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP, New York
Jack O’Brien, Chief Deputy of Operations, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Prof. David White, Director, Conflict Management Program, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark

Both Mr. Kole and Judge Goodman discussed the need for attorneys to give back to the community and to those less fortunate, and the benefits the program provides attorneys, with the opportunity to handle matter before the District Court. Judge Chesler, the original Chair of the Court’s pro bono program, discussed the principles of professionalism and ethics in handling such matters. And, Mr. O’Brien discussed the resources of the Court to provide financial assistance for expenses with the handling of pro bono matters and how to obtain such reimbursement.

Judge Arpert and Ms. Kraner provided a case study discussing the matter of Wells v. Nelson, et al., involving the release of an incarcerated individual being held in involuntary protective custody for several years. Lastly, Professor White touted Seton Hall Law’s Conflict Management Program, which allows student advocates the opportunity to represent pro bono clients in non-criminal matters for settlement purposes.

As Ed Kole noted, “this effort is the first of what we hope will be an annual event to promote the benefits of this program.” Judge Chesler described the program as a win/win situation in that it provides quality legal representation and access to the courts for those that cannot afford it, while at the same time providing younger attorneys with tremendous experience at the federal court level.


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.