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

AFBNJ Past Events

Annual Young Lawyers, Federal Judges and 2021-2022 Law Clerks Welcome Reception: December 13, 2021

Annual Federal Judges and 2021- 2022 Law Clerks Welcome Reception

Monday, December 13, 2021
5:30 – 7:00 pm
virtual ZOOM reception

Please join the Young Lawyers Division of The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey to welcome the 2021 – 2022 Law Clerks. During the reception, we will break into small groups and participate in roundtable discussions with attending judges and law clerks 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. Feel free to invite those young lawyers* who may not already be members of the AFBNJ.

*Those who have been practicing for ten years or less.

N.J. Bankruptcy Virtual Town Hall

Please Join IWIRC-NJ and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey for a Virtual Town Hall

Monday, December 6, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The distinguished panel will address the current state of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court and issues relating to the virtual practice of law.


Chief Judge Michael B. Kaplan
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey

Judge Vincent F. Papalia
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey

Jeanne Naughton, Clerk
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey

Andrew Vara
United States Trustee – Region 3

Moderated by: Tara Schellhorn, Esq.
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

4th Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute

4th Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute: The Benefits and Practical Realities of Working with an Incarcerated Client in the Pro Bono Program 


The 3rd Annual Presentation of the Hon. Jerome B. Simandle Award
The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (Zoom webinar)

Presented in cooperation with the United States District Court.

Opening Remarks:

Edward T. Kole, Esq., Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

View from the New Jersey Federal Bench:
The program will begin with an overview of the Pro Bono Program and will cover the types of cases assigned, process for assignment, how to become a part of the program, what Judges expect from pro bono counsel, the experience newer counsel can gain in pro bono cases, and what a pro bono trial looks like from the bench.

Hon. Lois Goodman, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
Hon. Noel L. Hillman, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey
The Nitty Gritty of Working with an Incarcerated Client:
This session will explore the practical realities of working with a pro bono client who is incarcerated. The discussion will include practical tips for lawyers who have never worked with incarcerated individuals as well as those who do so on a regular basis. Among other things, we will be discussing how to efficiently get in and out of prison, how to get incarcerated clients access to necessary case materials (whether electronic or in hard copy), how COVID has impacted prison operations and the methods by which counsel can interact with their clients, and various other specific problems that attorneys encounter when representing incarcerated individuals.

Philip B. Alagia, Essex County Chief of Staff
Tess Borden, Esq., ACLU-NJ
Karen Confoy, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
Deputy Commissioner Tracey Shimonis-Kaminski,  New Jersey Department of Corrections
Moderator: Matthew E. Beck, Esq., Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Introduction to the Federal ReEntry Program and How to Get Involved:
Hear how the ReEntry Program assists participants obtain employment despite their criminal records, attain stable housing, support their children and families, and contribute to their communities. Learn how you can become a part of this life changing program.

Jason Kanterman, Esq., Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Important CLE Information:
2.0 CLE credits have been requested towards New Jersey.
1.5 substantive CLE credits have been approved towards Pennsylvania.
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 code(s) provided during the program.

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


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.