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Past Events2021-10-15T10:54:58-04:00

AFBNJ Past Events

AFBNJ Swearing-In Ceremony June 22, 2021

Please click here to view the recording of the AFBNJ June 22, 2021 Swearing-In Ceremony.

President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Sher with Immediate Past President Kerri E. Chewning

AFBNJ Officers (L to R): Victor A. Afanador, Kerri E. Chewning, Elizabeth (Beth) J. Sher, Rebekah R. Conroy, Ricardo Solano Jr, and Anthony J. DiMarino, III. Not in attendance: Susan M. Leming

Hon. Michael Chagares, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, swears in Elizabeth (Beth) J. Sher.

 

May 26, 2021: Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon – Fairness and Ethical Issues Posed by Remote Criminal Proceedings

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, presents:

Fairness and Ethics Issues Posed by Remote Criminal Proceedings

Part 2 of a two-part program.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Virtual Webinar 

Moderator: R. Stephen Stigall, Esq., Ballard Spahr LLP

Panelists:

Hon. Renée M. Bumb, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey

Hon. Noel L. Hillman, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey

David Walk, Jr., U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey

Paul H. Zoubek, Esq., Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Topics will include:

  • What are the ethical obligations for grand jury subpoenas requiring testimony during a pandemic or similar crisis?
  • What are the best practices for remote proffers and how can attorneys ensure confidentiality?
  • What are the best practices for making declination requests?
  • Lessons learned from taking virtual guilty pleas.
  • What are the ethical obligations to expedite litigation given trial backlogs/delays?
  • How you can ethically and effectively use remote technology in direct and cross examination.
  • Lessons learned from virtual sentencings.

Click here to access the written materials.

April 27, 2021: Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon – Fairness and Ethical Issues

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, presents:

Fairness and Ethical Issues Posed by Remote Civil Proceedings in Federal Court and Arbitration

Part 1 of a two-part program. Part 2 will cover criminal proceedings.

Virtual webinar: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Moderator: Vincent E. Gentile, Esq., Princeton

Panelists:

Hon. Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey

Hon. Jerrold N. Poslusny, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey

Hon. John J. Hughes (Ret.), JAMS

Andrew Ruymann, Civil Division Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey

Corinne Trainor, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP

Topics include:

  • What is the attorney’s duty of competence regarding remote proceedings?
  • What are the best practices to prepare for a remote hearing or settlement conference?
  • What is your ethical obligation to consent to a remote hearing?
  • Preserving confidential material and how to handle inadvertent disclosure.
  • How you can ethically and effectively use remote technology in direct and cross examination.
  • Resource access and public participation issues with remote proceedings.
  • Can remote technology ensure a fair and representative jury?

Click here to access the written materials.

2021 Honorable William H. Gindin Bench Bar Conference: Friday, April 23, 2021

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

 

This exciting, all-day virtual conference will feature a series of educational programs led by New Jersey Bankruptcy Judges and practitioners. The Program Includes:

Plenary Session with the New Jersey Federal Bench

AM Breakout Sessions – Choose from the following topics:

  • Subchapter V
  • Ins and Outs of Confirming a Chapter 11 Plan
  • Recent Bankruptcy Case Decisions
  • Mortgage Forbearance Agreements

PM Breakout Sessions – Choose from the following topics:

  • The Changing Supreme Court
  • Hot Topics in Chapter 13
  • COVID-19 Defenses to Litigation
  • Chapter 11 – Landlord/Tenant Discussion

Plenary Session Judges Roundtable: The View from the New Jersey Bankruptcy Bench

Speakers Include: Hon. Michael A. Chagares, Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, Chief Judge Michael B. Kaplan, Hon. Andrew B. Altenburg, Jr., Hon. Kathryn C. Ferguson, Hon. Rosemary Gambardella, Hon. Christine M. Gravelle, Hon. Stacey L. Meisel, Hon. Vincent F. Papalia, Hon. Jerrold N. Poslusny, Hon. John K. Sherwood and practitioners. A full list of speakers and details about each session is included in the program.

Click Here for the 2021 Bench Bar Program

IMPORTANT MCLE INFORMATION

6.0 NJ MCLE credits have been requested toward NJ/PA including 1.0 ethics credit and 5.0 CLE credits have been approved toward PA including 1.0 ethics 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 codes provided during the program.

 

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.

Panelists:

  • 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

Panelists:

  • 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

Click Here for the Program.

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)