Sunday, May 21, 2017

REVIEW Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Timeless Jazz



Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Timeless Jazz

Only a few years into her career, the singer has absorbed the music’s history and made it her own. 

On a Thursday evening a few months ago, a long line snaked along Seventh Avenue, outside the Village Vanguard, a cramped basement night club in Greenwich Village that jazz fans regard as a temple. The eight-thirty set was sold out, as were the ten-thirty set and nearly all the other shows that week. The people descending the club’s narrow steps had come to hear a twenty-seven-year-old singer named Cécile McLorin Salvant. In its sixty years as a jazz club, the Vanguard has headlined few women and fewer singers of either gender. But Salvant, virtually unknown two years earlier, had built an avid following, winning a Grammy and several awards from critics, who praised her singing as “singularly arresting” and “artistry of the highest class.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant performs at Jazz @ Lincoln Center




She and her trio—a pianist, a bassist, and a drummer, all men in their early thirties—emerged from the dressing lounge and took their places on a lit-up stage: the men in sharp suits, Salvant wearing a gold-colored Issey Miyake dress, enormous pink-framed glasses, and a wide, easy smile. She nodded to the crowd and took a few glances at the walls, which were crammed with photographs of jazz icons who had played there: Sonny Rollins cradling a tenor saxophone, Dexter Gordon gazing through a cloud of cigarette smoke, Charlie Haden plucking a bass with back-bent intensity. This was the first time Salvant had been booked at the club—for jazz musicians, a sign that they’d made it and a test of whether they’d go much farther. She seemed very happy to be there.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/22/cecile-mclorin-salvants-timeless-jazz

Thursday, May 18, 2017

NJSBA Convention 2017 Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning From the Traditional Practice of Law

Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning From the Traditional Practice of Law
THE WHOLE LAWYER TRACK
Lawyers in Transition CommitteeTwenty years ago, the only career transitions most lawyers made were due to discipline and retirement. Not so today. There is an evolving awareness and acceptance of the versatility of the law degree in a great many fields, including creative fields, previously thought to attract only non-lawyers. Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author ofLawyer Interrupted, Lemongrass Hope, and Secrets of Worry Dolls will discuss her own transition from a 13-year corporate litigation career - including a decade at Skadden Arps - to her career as a full-time novelist. She will share the pivotal lessons she learned and heeded from creative peers (and fellow interrupted lawyers) including celebrity designer, Jill Donovan and internationally renowned lego brick artist, Nathan Sawaya, among more.



Amy Impellizzeri
Award-winning author of Lawyer InterruptedLemongrass Hope and Secrets of Worry Dolls

Moderator/Speaker:
Kimberly A. Yonta, Esq., NJSBA Treasurer
Yonta Law LLC, New Brunswick

Featured Speaker:Amy Impellizzeri
Award-winning author of Lawyer InterruptedLemongrass Hope and Secrets of Worry Dolls

Speaker:Lauren E. Caesar, Esq., Co-Chair, Lawyers in Transition Committee 
Law Office of Lauren E. Caesar, LLC, Matawan

40 States and Guam Seek Rehabilitation Before Conviction for Veterans-Why Not NJ?

40 States and Guam Seek Rehabilitation Before Conviction for Veterans-Why Not NJ? 
CRIMINAL LITIGATION TRACK
Military Law and Veterans Affairs Section *As S-307/A4362 sits on the Governor's desk, awaiting signature, county prosecutors have taken the initiative to rehabilitate veterans who were law-abiding citizens before a combat deployment. Forty states have Veterans Treatment Courts and New Jersey is expected to be next. Prosecutors, veteran mentors and the Department of Veterans Affairs' programs are working together to keep America's military heroes from needless convictions. The VA has a $168 billion dollar budget and spends millions in other states for in-patient alcohol, drug and mental health programs.
Moderator/Speaker:
Thomas Roughneen, Esq., Chair, Military Law and Veterans' Affairs Section
Lieutenant Colonel, NJ Army National Guard, 8-year Reserve Component Senior Defense Counsel, 29-year Veteran and Iraq War Veteran
Thomas Roughneen & Associates, Counsellors at Law, LLC, Chatham





Speakers:
Matthew Adams, Esq.
Fox Rothschild, LLP, Morristown
Joseph D. Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor
Ocean County Prosecutors' Office, Toms RiverMark Correale, Veterans Outreach Officer
New Jersey Department of Veterans AffairsSean F. Dalton, Gloucester County Prosecutor
Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, WoodburyLieutenant Colonel Susan J. Lynch
National Guard Bureau, Operations Officer and Defense Counsel, Arlington, VirginiaJohn Walter, Veterans Outreach Officer
New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs

NJSBA Convention 2017 Standing Tall: Life Lessons Learned from the Court

Standing Tall: Life Lessons Learned from the Court
DIVERSITY TRACK
The NJSBA Diversity Committee presents its Diverse Voices-Distinguished Speaker Series with Coach C. Vivian Stringer at the Annual Diversity Luncheon. The legendary Coach Stringer will share with the audience a first-hand account of her lessons learned from the “basketball” court. Following her keynote address, we will hear from several notable legal professionals who will discuss their own personal stories, lessons learned, obstacles faced, as well as triumphs which have helped shaped their perspective on the practice of law.



Featured Speaker:
C. Vivian Stringer, Head Coach
Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Team 
Round Table Speakers:
Rébécca Bénoit, JD
Thomas R. Klein School of Law at Drexel University
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq. 
Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA, Bridgewater
Angella N. Middleton, Esq.
White & Williams, LLP, Cherry Hill
Joshua H. Reinitz, Esq.
Iacullo Martino, LLC, Nutley

Pursuing Truth and Justice: An Examination of How Independent Courts and an Independent Media are Essential to Our Democracy

Pursuing Truth and Justice: An Examination of How Independent Courts and an Independent Media are Essential to Our Democracy
Media Law Committee and New Jersey State Bar Foundation
History has proven that an independent and aggressive Fourth Estate is an essential watchdog in our democracy. Time and again, history has also proven that an independent judiciary is critical to preserving our rights and protecting our democracy from overreaching by the other branches of government. In 2017, with both the media and our judges and courts under attack, this program will examine the role of journalists today, layered with the role lawyers and the Judiciary have in our democracy, while seeking to address the critical question of whether they can or should get along.



Moderator:Ralph J. Lamparello, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Secaucus
Speakers:
Tom Cafferty, Esq., Chair, Media Law Committee 
Gibbons, PC, Newark
Kate Coscarelli, Senior Managing Director of Communications and Media Relations New Jersey State Bar Association
Tom Moran, Editorial Page Editor
The Star-Ledger
Paula Saha, Director of Audience and Donor Development
NJ Spotlight 
Charles Stile, Columnist
The Bergen Record

NJSBA Convention 2017 #BLACKLIVESMATTER: Historical and Legal Perspectives on Contemporary Movements for Social Change

#BLACKLIVESMATTER: Historical and Legal Perspectives on Contemporary Movements for Social Change
DIVERSITY TRACK
Diversity Committee, Minorities in the Profession Section, New Jersey State Bar Foundation and New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority ConcernsJoin us to take a historical look at the significant landmark civil rights court cases and social movements that have taken place in the United States that have led to present day progress. 
Raymond M. Brown, Esq., Partner and Co-Founder, International Justice Project
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge

Moderator/Speaker:Hon. Hany A. Mawla, J.A.D., t/a
Speakers:Paulette Brown, Esq., Immediate Past President, American Bar Association
Locke Lord, Morristown
Raymond M. Brown, Esq., Partner and Co-Founder, International Justice Project
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge

NJSBA Convention 2017 Hot Topics In Animal Law For Non-Animal Law Practitioners

Hot Topics In Animal Law For Non-Animal Law Practitioners
SPECIAL INTEREST TRACK
Animal Law CommitteeAnimal law practitioners from different disciplines will provide the latest developments in their respective fields as well as identify the direction of future trends. As one of the fastest growing areas of the law, those non-animal law practitioners should know how their disciplines might be impacted by changes in the field of animal law. For example, those representing individuals with disabilities should know the protections their clients need for their service or emotional support animals in housing, employment and education. Also, family practitioners must be aware of the protections animals have in domestic violence situations. Presenters will also address the attempts to change the legal status of animals from merely property and reclassifying those who have animals from owners to guardians.





Moderator/Speaker:Linda J. Niedweske, Esq., Chair, Animal Law Committee 
Niedweske Barber Hager, LLC, MorristownSpeakers:
Hon. Anthony F. Picheca, Jr., J.S.C.
Somerset County 
Andrea Joy Albrecht, Esq.
Best Friends Animal Society
Gina A. Calogero, Esq.
Gina A. Calogero, Attorney at Law, Oradell