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AFBNJ Past Events

AFBNJ request to White House: Appoint Judges to fill NJ Federal Court Vacancies

In a letter dated March 15, 2018, AFBNJ Officers and Trustees requested “that the White House work with our State’s Senators to nominate judges for the three vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey as quickly as possible.”  Click here to read the full letter.

Newly installed AFBNJ President, William Reilly, cautions that the shortage is “getting close to crisis mode” in an interview with Good-Politic.com. An excerpt of the article follows. Click here to read the full story.

“The shortage of judges in the District of New Jersey has not gone unnoticed by some in Washington, at least at the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, which considers the vacancies created by Hochberg and Martini “judicial emergencies” based on caseload, complexity of cases and the length of time that vacancies have been pending.

“It’s getting close to crisis mode,” William Reilly of McCarter & English, president of the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, said of the federal court vacancies.

“I know Chief Judge Linares is working as hard as he can, working to have the court provide services to people that need them. They’ve done a fantastic job but it’s getting to crisis mode,” Reilly said.”

AFBNJ Trustee David Cook spoke with NJ.Com in February about the shortage of New Jersey Federal Judges. Cook is chair of AFBNJ’s Judicial Nominations Committee. Click here to read  “A shortage of N.J. judges and no nominees by Trump. Why?


Attention to the Bar

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has proposed Amendments to its Local Civil Rules. Those Amendments may be reviewed here.

Proposed Local Civil Rules

The Court’s proposed amendments involve Local Civil Rules: 11.1 & 101(c)(6); 16.1(b)(1)(H); 104.1; and 401.1(a).

All comments must be received by the Clerk of the Court by June 1, 2018.

Please address your comments to: William T. Walsh, Clerk of the Court, U.S. District Court, Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Bldg. & U.S. Courthouse, 50 Walnut St., Newark, NJ 07101; or by email to: localrules@njd.uscourts.gov

The AFBNJ encourages its members to review the proposed amendments and provide helpful comments to the Court.

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.