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The New Jersey State Bar Association will host the 2019 Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City on May 15 – 17, 2019.  The following firm attorneys will lecture as part of the event’s CLE programming.

Stephanie G. Reckord will serve as moderator and a panelist for “Insights into 2020: The Impact Women Will Have on the Next Election and Judicial Appointments.”  The program will be a discussion of the effect of women and diverse candidates on the upcoming election, and will include an overview of the judicial appointments process, a review of electoral law and the electoral process, and the impact of gender bias.  The panel will also provide interesting insights regarding the history of women in government – the progress that has been achieved, and where improvement is still needed.  Wednesday, May 15, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Andrea J. Sullivan will serve as moderator and a panelist for “Nuts and Bolts of Chancery Practice: Keep Calm and Get Results in General Equity.”  The program will provide a comprehensive overview of equity practice from beginning to end.  Esteemed judges and seasoned attorneys will review the life of a Chancery case.  Topics for discussion will include: factors to consider when deciding whether to file in Chancery or Law Division, proper drafting techniques for pleadings, strategic use of motions in limine and other motions, settlement hints, trial tips, winning procedures and more.  Thursday, May 16, 10:30am – 11:45am

The Hon. Donald A. Kessler (Ret.) will be a panelist for “When and How to Use Experts in Family Law Cases.”  The program will explore the following issues:  When do you need an expert. When should you retain an expert in the case. When to use a joint expert vs. your own expert. What should be in the expert report. When and how can you use charts contained in an expert report. How much back up does the expert need to testify to at trial. How and when to amend your expert report. When is a rebuttal expert report appropriate. How to dissect and adversary’s expert report. How to direct your expert during trial. How to cross examine the expert at trial. The importance of summarizing the expert testimony in your opening statement.  The importance of narrowing expert issues before trial with or without the help of the judge.  Thursday, May 16, 1:45pm – 3:15pm

Judge Kessler will also be a panelist for “Dealing with LLC Disputes 2019.”  Judges and experience attorneys well-versed in LLC law will discuss how to avoid and deal with LLC disputes.  Thursday, May 16, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Jemi Goulian Lucey will be a panelist for “Cannabis Law in New Jersey and the Intersection between State and Federal Law.”  This program will address the current state of the federal and state law as to cannabis, the criminal, ethical, employment, banking and real estate implications, and the preemption argument.  New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA), pending amendments thereto, and the possibility that a law decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana is on the horizon, all exist at odds with the Federal Controlled Substances Act.  This panel discussion will address how businesses and attorneys can navigate these issues.  Thursday, May 16, 3:30pm – 5:00pm 

Additional conference information and registration at: NJ State Bar Annual Meeting