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.
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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.

Flappers on the Ferry

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mary Kay Vyskocil Sworn in as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Southern District of New York

NEW YORK--()--Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced today that Mary Kay Vyskocil was sworn in by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge Vyskocil, most recently a Litigation Partner in the New York Office, officially assumes her duties today.
“Mary Kay is a widely respected trial lawyer who has been a valued colleague and a leader of our Insurance Litigation Practice”
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Judge Vyskocil practiced law at Simpson Thacher for more than thirty years as a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department. She is a seasoned trial attorney and appellate advocate with a diverse practice handling complex commercial cases, including major insurance and reinsurance disputes, bankruptcy-related issues, contract and tort issues, securities and antitrust law.

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil being sworn in by Honorable Cecelia G. Morris, Chief Judge of the SDNY Bankruptcy Court

Judge Vyskocil joined Simpson Thacher after graduation from law school. In three decades of trial practice, she has litigated some of the most significant insurance and reinsurance cases, representing major domestic and foreign insurers in complex coverage litigations, including numerous arbitrations, jury trials and appellate arguments. She played a pivotal role in the highly publicized victory for Swiss Re in the World Trade Center trial. Other high profile cases included an environmental coverage case against Shell Oil Co., antitrust cases in the New York Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, and a long running case involving reinsurance for a billion dollar settlement of asbestos-related claims. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016


NJSBA Judicial Independence 2016
A frank discussion about the independence and the integrity of the Judiciary and its impact on our practices and our clients. The speakers addressed this important topic in the context of judicial nominations and the advice and consent process, as well as look at the national overview of the challenges being faced.

Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Paulette Brown, Esq., President, American Bar Association
Locke Lord, LLP, Morristown
Justice Gary S. Stein, Special Counsel
Pashman Stein, PC, Hackensack
Senator Tom Kean Jr. (21st District)
Republican Leader
Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (22nd District)
Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
Professor Mark Alexander, Associate Dean for Academics
Seton Hall University School of Law
Tom Moran, Editorial Page Editor
The Star Ledger

States of the Judiciaries 

The annual reports of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Supreme Court of New Jersey


NJSBA 2016 CONVENTION Personal Courage in the Practice of Law

Personal Courage in the Practice of Law
New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program (Special Interest Track) 

William John Kane, Esq., Director
New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program
Hon. Katharine S. Hayden, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Woodbridge
Robyn B. Gigl, Esq.
Gluck Walrath, LLP, Red Bank
Joseph A. Hayden Jr., Esq.
Walder Hayden, PA, Roseland


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.

Richard Mason speaking at Morally Straight - James Dale on the Boy Scouts of America and Fighting for Equality in the 21st Century

NJSBA 2016 CONVENTION Awards and Recognition Mel Narol Award

Awards and Recognition

Mel Narol Award 
The Diversity presents at the annual luncheon at the annual meeting and award to commemorate  “Mel Narol’s commitment to the work of and enthusiastic support of the Task Force on Diversity.”  The Diversity Award is presented to those members of the NJSBA who have spearheaded inclusion and made strides for women and minority lawyers. Mel was a "charter" member of the Task Force and worked especially on the project to make the diversity effort within the NJSBA a permanent order of business. With Mel’s leadership, what began as a small “task force” has grown into permanent "standing committee status." The members of the Task Force on Diversity turned to Mel for his keen insight on the NJSBA, as an organization, and sought his advice on a variety of philosophical and logistical issues.

Judge Julien Xavier Neals and attorney Evan Wolfson were presented  with the Mel Narol Award at the NJSBA 2016 Convention.
Judge Julien Neals accepts Mel Narol Award
NJSBA President Thomas Prol presents Mel Narol Award to attorney Evan Wolfson

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

Dina M. Mastellone, Esq. Genova Burns, LLC, Newark
Chair  Women in the Profession Section

      Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, Esq., Chair, Commercial Litigation Department Genova Burns, LLC, Newark

Heather Weine Brochin, Esq., Managing Partner Day Pitney, Parsippany
Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, Esq., Chair, Commercial Litigation Department Genova Burns, LLC, Newark
Mary Ellen Rose, Esq., Managing Partner Capehart Scatchard, Mt. Laurel, Kristin D. Sostowski, Esq., Director
Gibbons, PC, Newark, Treasurer-Elect of NAWL