2017 NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE JUDICIAL AND NJ STATE APPOINTMENT PROCESS

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

Press Release

NEW JERSEY WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION AND

HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION of NJ  PRESENT

NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE JUDICIAL

AND NJ STATE APPOINTMENTS PROCESS

New Brunswick, NJ – Approximately 80 attorneys attended the “How To Become a Judge, Commissioner or Board Member: Nuts and Bolts of the Judicial and New Jersey State Appointments Process” panel discussion and networking reception on Wednesday, April 12th at the Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ.  Panelists includedMichellene Davis, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, RWJBarnabas Health,Susan A. Feeney, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP, Tara Dowdell, President of TDG Speakers & Tara Dowdell Group and Ivette Ramos Alvarez, Partner, Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost.  The moderators were Kirsten S. Branigan, Founder of the Law Office of Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, P.C. and Arlene Quinones Perez, Partner at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP.

Panelists provided practical advice on best practices for potential candidates to achieve a NJ appointment and/or appointment to a NJ Board or Commission through a vibrant and well-informed discussion. The panelists also discussed the process candidates for both judicial and board consideration undergo. The panelists emphasized the need to plan for and begin engaging in the application and lengthy appointment process as early as possible.

The program was sponsored by McCarter English, LLP, RWJBarnabas Health, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters,  DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, Law Office of Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, P.C. and Hudson Court Reporting. The program was co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA), New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (NJMLA), South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) and was supported by Women in the Profession Section (WIPS) and the Diversity Committee of the NJSBA.

About New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

The NJWLA is an independent association of over one thousand attorneys, law students and judges in New Jersey. Its mission is to retain women in the legal profession through education and activism; promote its members to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions; and endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary.  More information about the NJWLA, including membership materials, can be found at www.njwla.org.

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