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AFBNJ Past Events

43rd Annual Judicial Conference Held on Thursday, March 28, 2019

The 43rd Annual United States District Court Judicial Conference was held on Thursday, March 28, 2019  at Mayfair Farms, West Orange, NJ.

8:30 AM Conference Registration and AFBNJ Member Photo
Identification Cards

9:30 AM Welcome Remarks and Update from the Historical Society
• William T. Reilly, President, AFBNJ and Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
• Keith J. Miller, President, United States District Court Historical Society and Partner, Robinson Miller LLC

9:45 -10:50 AM The Immigration Debate: The Constitution, Federal Powers, and Current Litigation Update
Explore the current law and policy debate over immigration in the United States and the status of relevant litigation, including DACA and the Executive Order limiting travel to the U.S. from certain countries.

Moderator: Lawrence S. Lustberg
Co-Chair, Commercial & Criminal Litigation, Gibbons P.C.
• Hon. Michael A. Chagares, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
• August E. Flentje, Special Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice
• Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
• Amy Gottlieb, Associate Regional Director, American Friends Service Committee

10:50-11:10 AM Break

11:10 AM State of the Judiciary
• Honorable Jose L. Linares, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

11:30 AM – 12:35 PM The First Amendment Right of Access to the Courts: Promoting Openness and Protecting Privacy
Topics will include confidentiality orders, proprietary information, sealing orders, courtroom closure, secrecy involving uncharged individuals, and the District Court’s protocol for the disclosure of sentencing material.

Moderator: Professor Alexis Karteron
Director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School
• Hon. Stanley R. Chesler, U.S. District Judge
• Hon. Leda Dunn Wettre, U.S. Magistrate Judge
• John M. Fietkiewicz, Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
• Jeanne LoCicero, Legal Director, ACLU of New Jersey
12:35 PM Closing Remarks
• William T. Reilly, President, AFBNJ

2019 Judicial Conference Coordinators: Jennifer C. Critchley and Zahid N. Quraishi

AFBNJ Request to White House: Appoint Judges to fill 5 NJ Federal Court Vacancies

In a letter dated March 14, 2019, AFBNJ Officers and Trustees requested “that the White House nominate judges for the five (soon to be six) vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as quickly as possible.” Click here to read full letter.

The AFBNJ also sent letters to Senator Cory Booker and Senator Robert Menendez  asking for the opportunity to meet with them to discuss the increasing number of judicial vacancies in New Jersey and how it is a serious concern to the AFBNJ.


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.