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AFBNJ Past Events

44th Annual Judicial Conference of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey: Thursday, March 18, 2021

live webinar

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary: Explore the rich history of the Association with commentary from a panel of AFBNJ’s past presidents discussing the Association’s past, present, and future.

Keynote: Professor Mark Lender

Moderator: Lawrence S. Lustberg, Gibbons P.C.


  • Rosemary Alito, K&L Gates LLP
  • Thomas F. Campion
  • Kerri E. Chewning, Archer & Greiner
  • Bruce I. Goldstein, McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen, Carvelli P.C.
  • Jonathan L. Goldstein, Hellring Lindeman Goldstein & Siegal LLP
  • Michael B. Himmel, Lowenstein Sandler
  • Carl D. Poplar, Carl D. Poplar, P.A.
  • Lisa J. Rodriguez, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Joel D. Siegal, Hellring Lindeman Goldstein & Siegal LLP
  • Hon. Herbert J. Stern, Stern Kilcullen & Rufolo
  • Karol Corbin Walker, Kaufman Dolowich Voluck LLP

State of the Judiciary: Hon. Freda L. Wolfson, Chief Judge

Police Practices and Civil Rights: A conversation with experts in the field on the intersection of civil rights and police practices. In the past year, police practices have been a pressing issue in New Jersey and across the country. Join an important conversation about public safety, civil rights, and police accountability with attorneys leading these efforts.

Keynote: Cory Booker, United States Senator for New Jersey


  • Lynda Garcia, Chief Counsel, Sen. Cory A. Booker, Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey Attorney General
  • Peter C. Harvey, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Rachael A. Honig, Acting U.S. Attorney
  • Amol Sinha, ACLU-NJ Executive Director

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Program Written Materials:

Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary:

AFBNJ: A History in Brief

Police Practices and Civil Rights:

Federal Role:

DOJ Enforcement of Civil Rights Criminal Statutes 8-3.000

DOJ Law Enforcement Misconduct Statute 42 U.S.C. 14141 (re-codified at 34 U.S.C. 12601)

“George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020”

NJ Attorney General Directives:

Use of Force Policy and Procedures 2020-13

Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures 2020-7

Public Disclosure of the Identities of Officers Who Commit Serious Disciplinary Violations 2020-5

Newark Consent Decree Documents:

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Petition for Investigation

U.S. Department of Justice Report on Investigation of the Newark Police Department 7.22.2014

Consent Decree, U.S.A. v. City of Newark (Newark Police Division) 5.5.2016

Newark Police Division Independent Monitor Quarterly Reports

Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board Documents:

City of Newark Ordinance Creating and Establishing a Civilian Complaint Review Board 7.22.2014

Fraternal Order of Police, Newark Lodge No. 12 v. City of Newark (NJ Supreme Court Decided 8.19.2020)

Annual Federal Judges and 2020-2021 Law Clerks Welcome Reception

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

virtual ZOOM reception
Please join the Young Lawyers Division of The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey to welcome the 2020 – 2021 Law Clerks. During the reception, we will break into small groups and participate in roundtable discussions about issues that are of particular interest to our young lawyer community.
Free for Federal Judges and law clerks to attend.
$10 for all young lawyers.

2021 Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Symposium: February 5, 2021

live webinar

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This full day CLE event offers relevant and timely education for attorneys and paralegal staff regarding all Chapter 13 bankruptcy matters. Five sessions will cover topics including:

  • Foreclosure, Forbearances and Cares Act and Life After COVID-19
  • Update from the Court and Office of the U.S. Trustee and Review of the Basics
  • The Circuits are Split
  • My Clients Love Me but Hate Each Other
  • Q & A Wrap Up with Judges and Trustees
  • Alternate Track for Paralegals

Speakers Include: Chief Judge Michael B. Kaplan, Bankruptcy Court Judges from the District of New Jersey and all of the New Jersey Chapter 13 Standing Trustees. A full list of speakers and details about each session is included in the program.

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5.0 NJ MCLE Credits have been requested toward NJ including 1 Ethics Credit and 4.0 CLE Credits have been requested toward PA. Please note: PA Credits will not post to an attorney’s PA CLE transcript until early May.

In order to receive proper credit, each attendee is required to fill out and submit a CLE Affirmation Form. Certificates of Attendance will be issued to registered attendees ONLY upon completion of the program.

Click here to access the written materials and paralegal video session. 

In House Counsel Committee Lunch & Learn: January 12, 2021

The Algorithmic Engine That Could: How AI is Changing Corporations

Corporations are rapidly changing how they do business, and everything from improving business processes to meeting customer needs has the potential of being touched—and improved—by artificial intelligence systems.

Staying informed of these technological developments, both how they can help companies and where there are limitations, is essential for in-house counsel.  How can we be smart in applying artificial intelligence to lead to better outcomes, for employees and customers, both domestically and internationally?  What are the ethical considerations and best practices when using new, powerful technology?

This panel will explore the complexities of artificial intelligence systems with a discussion of risk mitigation, ethical issues, and achieving the right mix of machine learning and human input.


Fernando M. Pinguelo, Associate General Counsel, Global Privacy Office – OGC, Willis Towers Watson. Principal, Cyber Jurist™


  • Daisy Godfrey, Senior Counsel, Group, Digital and Data Protection, Aviva
  • Ronald J. Hedges, Senior Counsel, Dentons
  • Carrie Parikh, Chief Privacy Officer, Assistant General Counsel, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Written materials:

Artificial Intelligence Admissibility Caselaw

Bloomberg Ephemeral Article as Published

CLE Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon: November 19, 2020

Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon: Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Going Through The Motions: A Guide to Motion Practice in Federal Court

The Nuts and Bolts of Motion Practice

Moderator: Peter J. Torcicollo, Esq., Gibbons P.C.

Michael Baldassare, Esq., Baldassare & Mara, LLC – Criminal Motion Practice
Paul Halasz, Esq., Day Pitney LLP – Civil Motion Practice in Federal AFBNJ Nov 2020
Felice Yudkin, Esq., Cole Schotz P.C. – The Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Motion Practice

May It Please The Court: Making Sure Your Motions Do! – Moderator: Hon. Edward S. Kiel, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey

Hon. John Michael Vazquez, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey
Hon. Leda Dunn Wettre, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
Hon. John K. Sherwood, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey

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, 0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and 0 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers compensation law and/or matrimonial law.