Monday, August 15, 2016

11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island and its HOT!

Midst heat in the mid 90's and a heat index up to 105 New Yorkers reveled at the 20's inspired Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.
Tribeca Trib video link
The weather hearkened back to the days of Gatsby

" "The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer."" Great Gatsby

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, the event started as a small gathering of perhaps fifty friends and fans. The event, initially produced by the island, was handed over to Michael in its third year to organize and grow. Under his watch, the event was carefully crafted and nurtured, becoming what is now referred to by The Wall Street Journal as, “the biggest (not to mention the cleanest and most family-oriented) regular event in the ‘Retro Noveau’ movement…” It was at this time that St-Germain joined forces with The Lawn Party, delightfully whetting the whistles of fops and flappers with their refreshing summer cocktails.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra performed midst 94 degree temps that felt like 105!
-Bill Cunningham, The New York Times 2014
Flapper seated with umbrella, looking so cool, but it was so hot!

Selected by The New York Times as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012, The Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a magical opportunity to travel back in time. August 13th and 14th  guests were invited to discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


The NJSBA Diversity Committee works with the entire NJSBA community to support the mission and vision of the NJSBA, and to ensure that diversity, in its many forms, is understood, respected and valued. The NJSBA Diversity Committee will guide efforts to conceptualize, assess, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource.  The NJSBA Diversity Committee seeks to collaborate with all sections and committees to provide a comprehensive, organization-wide approach to diversity and inclusivity, access, and equity.
James Dale speaks at the NJSBA Diversity luncheon, Thomas Prol, president of the NJSBA and
Richard G Mason  in audience

Morally Straight - James Dale on the Boy Scouts of America and Fighting for Equality in the 21st Century
New Jersey State Bar Foundation (Presidential Initiative Track)
The New Jersey State Bar Association is proud to host an important program that explores the impact and legacy of one of the critical legal cases on the issues of equality in recent years: James Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, et al. 160 N.J. 562 (1999) and Boy Scouts of America, et al. v. James Dale, 530 U.S. 640 (2000).
The program featured not only a keynote address by James Dale at the Annual Diversity Luncheon, but also former Chief Justice Deborah Poritz, who wrote the unanimous NJ Supreme Court Opinion, Evan Wolfson, who was Mr. Dale's attorney at Lambda Legal Defense before the New Jersey and United States Supreme Courts and is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, Richard G Mason, Partner of Wachtell Lipton and long time Boy Scout board member, and New York Law School Professor Arthur S. Leonard who has chronicled the legal history of the LGBT movement for over three decades in the monthly LGBT Law Notes publication.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


The NJSBA event kicked off Wednesday with a keynote address from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno           (pictured) at the opening business session. Her remarks were  immediately followed by a panel discussion “The Equal Rights Amendment: Why it Matters and Why Now?,” which  included Sen. Linda Greenstein, and Roberta W. Harris, founding chair of the ERA Task Force.
With over 2,700 lawyers and judges in attendance, the NJSBA convention is the premiere gathering of the state’s legal community

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno  ( pictured) at the opening business session

Rising Up the Ladder: Gender/Equity Issues for New Jersey's Female Attorneys
Women in the Profession Section (Women in the Profession Track)
This program provided  insight into the objective statistics regarding the advancement of women lawyers into the highest levels of private practice. The program explored career development, self- firms. Panelists presented and discussed the National Association of Women Lawyers' (NAWL) 2015 Survey of Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms as well as the 2015 Report by the Executive Women of New Jersey.promotion, work-life balance, office etiquette and generational issues as they pertain to women within law


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

The New Jersey State Bar Convention Day Three: Judicial Independence at Stake: Examining the Intersection of Today's Political Climate and the Impartiality of the Courts

Judicial Independence at Stake: Examining the Intersection of Today's Political Climate and the Impartiality of the Courts Special Interest Track
After over a year of public hearings and study, the New Jersey State Bar Association's Task Force on Judicial Independence has released its recommendations about steps needed to preserve the judicial branch as a pillar of democracy. Now, an esteemed panel of judges, lawyers, scholars, legislators and journalists discuss whether changes can or should be made to address the incursion of the executive and legislative branches on the judicial branch of government.
Ralph J. Lamparello, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, Secaucus

Hon. Dorothea O.C. Wefing, P.J.A.D. (ret.)
Castano Quigley, Fairfield
Hon. Maurice J. Gallipoli, A.J.S.C. (ret.)
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown
Hon. Philip S. Carchman, J.A.D. (ret.)
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (20th District)
Senator Kevin J. O'Toole (40th District)
Prof. Edward A. Hartnett, Richard J. Hughes Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law
Tom Moran
Editorial Page Editor, The Star-Ledger

The New Jersey State Bar Convention Day Three: Remarks by Paulette Brown ABA president -elect

Paulette Brown makes opening remarks at the final day of the New Jersey State Bar Convention.

From the ABA website

ABA nominates Paulette Brown as first woman of color president

CHICAGO, Feb. 10, 2014 — Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, was nominated today as the American Bar Association's president-elect for 2014-15. If elected by the ABA House of Delegates in August, she will become, in August 2015, the first woman of color and third African-American to serve as ABA president.

ABA President-Elect Paulette Brown speaks during the final day of the New Jersey State Bar Association Convention. Former NJSBA presidents Paris P. Eliades, Ralph Lamparello in audience along with NJSBA executive director Angela Scheck and Wayne Positan, 2006 NJSBA president 

As a candidate for the president-elect position, Brown said the ABA should prepare itself to be more inclusive. "Just as the U.S. Constitution has been amended to safeguard our liberties, the ABA must continue to respect and include lawyers in all practice areas and types, from solo practitioners to members of our largest international law firms, as well as public servants and in-house counsel," she said.
Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.
Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the state of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has been listed as a NJ Super Lawyer since its inception and for the past three years as one of the top 50 women lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The New Jersey State Bar Convention Day Two:Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking
Women in the Profession Section and Criminal Law Section (Women in the Profession Track)
Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery for forced labor and sexual exploitation, affects millions of women and children around the world. The U.S. Department of Justice has identified human trafficking as one of the fastest growing criminal activities. New Jersey, as a key transportation hub, is recognized as a prime location for human trafficking.

Raymond Brown Jr. and Wanda Akin present in a panel discussion on Human Trafficking

 This program addresses the impact of human trafficking with a look at the laws passed to address it as well as indicia to assist lawyers and judges in detecting victims of human trafficking who may appear as defendants in ordinary criminal matters. 

Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge

Wanda Akin Brown, Esq., Co-Founder, International Justice Project
Wanda M. Akin & Associates, Newark
Jessica Kitson, Esq., Managing Attorney
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
John L. Molinelli, Esq.
Bergen County Prosecutor