Mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 9th for our annual Fall Legal Reform Conference, featuring New Jersey Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo as our keynote speaker. This year’s event will be held at PriceWaterHouseCoopers Campus in Florham Park from 8:30AM-1:00PM.
NJCI is pleased to announce New Jersey Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo will be the keynote speaker for our Fall Policy Forum on Tuesday, October 9th!
Asaro-Angel will offer the Murphy Administration’s perspective on new and proposed employment-related issues currently pending in Trenton, including newly-enacted paid sick leave and equal pay laws, standards for independent contractors, non-compete agreements, and severance packages.
Robert Asaro-Angelo was nominated by Governor Phil Murphy to serve as the Commissioner of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development in January 2018. As Commissioner, Asaro-Angelo oversees the state’s diverse services to New Jersey workers, including the state’s workforce programs, wage and hour compliance, unemployment insurance program, workers’ compensation, temporary disability insurance, and family leave insurance, among other duties.
Two panels of experts will address the following important topics:
New Laws, New Challenges for Employers
Our panel of experts will discuss the implications of the new Paid Sick Leave and Pay Equity laws, plus pending efforts to restrict the use of independent contractors, non-compete agreements and even employee severance packages.
Sal Simao, of Ford Harrison, focuses his practice on the representation of companies in employment law matters with a specialization in wage and hour litigation and compliance.
Chris Farella of Epstein Becker, focuses on employment litigation and arbitration, representing entities ranging from small entrepreneurs to large multinational corporations.
Carianne Torrissi of Goldberg Segalla, focuses her practice on employment and labor dispute defense with significant practical experience defending businesses large and small, on matters involving discrimination and wrongful termination.
The Fight for Arbitration
An expert panel will discuss what is at stake in the fight for arbitration, and what can be done to make the state safe for faster, more efficient dispute resolution.
Archis Parasharami of Mayer Brown is one of the nation’s leading lawyers in drafting and defending the enforceability of arbitration agreements. Archis has been involved in many of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court arbitration decisions, from the landmark AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion to last year’s Kindred Nursing Centers LP v. Clark.
Gavin Rooney of Lowenstein Sandler specializes in complex litigation defense, with a significant practice defending arbitration and class actions. Gavin also has represented NJCJI in numerous successful appearances before New Jersey’s Appellate and Supreme Courts.
Jason Johnston, of the University of Virginia School of Law, focuses on the efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution mechanisms. He has done significant work evaluating the effectiveness of arbitration as a means of providing compensation to injured parties, as well as the deterrent effect of class action litigation.
We hope that you will join us Tuesday, October 9th, from 8:30AM to 1PM at PriceWaterHouseCoopers Campus in Florham Park for this informative event. The cost to attend, which includes lunch, program materials, and CLE credits for attorneys, is $50 and free of charge for NJCJI members. Register Today!
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s Board of Directors has selected Alida Kass as the organization’s new president. Alida is no stranger to our members, who have come to rely on her sound judgement and legal advice since she joined our organization as chief counsel in 2012. Continue reading
It has been my pleasure to head up the NJ Civil Justice Institute for the past decade, so it is with some degree of sadness that I write to you today to announce that I will be leaving the NJ Civil Justice Institute at the beginning of August to assume a position as director of public policy at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Leading NJCJI these past 10 years has been the most fulfilling endeavor in my professional career. Together with Alida, Emily, Nancy, and our members, we have changed the conversation in Trenton, thwarted the trial bar agenda, and positioned NJCJI as a strong and respected voice for sound legal policy.
When we began this effort ten years ago, the trial bar was poised to expand New Jersey’s wrongful death act in a dangerous way, and bills with private causes of action and novel ways to sue were common. While it remains a difficult mission to advance legal reform in New Jersey, I believe that NJCJI is in a good position to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
Today, NJCJI is a strong and resilient organization with a dedicated and growing membership, a terrific group of volunteer attorneys who advise and support our amicus and policy work, and a permanent headquarters in Trenton from which to advocate for our members. But our biggest asset is the team that we have assembled here at the Institute. Nancy, Alida, and Emily are a first-rate group of professionals and I’m proud of my role in bringing them together to serve our members. I know that NJCJI will continue to thrive under their watch.
Thank you for your confidence in me and our team, and your support of this organization. I urge you to continue backing NJCJI, and I hope to be able to continue to work with all of you in my new position, advocating for sound public policy in New Jersey and elsewhere.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 20 for our annual Fall Legal Reform Conference. This year’s event will be held at Bayer headquarters in Whippany from 8:30AM-1PM.
We have said many times that the attorneys we have on staff are one of the things that sets our organization apart. Now the legal community is saying the same thing. NJCJI’s Alida Kass and Emily Kelchen have recently received multiple awards for their work on legal reform and their service to the legal community. Continue reading
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute is proud to announce that both of our attorneys will be honored at the New Jersey Law Journal’s annual awards banquet on June 20. Alida Kass is receiving a GC Impact Award, and Emily Kelchen is being recognized as a New Leader of the Bar.
2016 marks NJCJI’s 10th year of advocating for a civil justice system that treats all parties fairly and discourages lawsuit abuse, and we are doing so more effectively than ever thanks in a large part to Alida and Emily’s work.
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute is thrilled to announce that our chief counsel, Alida Kass, is a finalist for NJBIZ’s General Counsel of the Year Award. The General Counsel of the Year Award honors the state’s most dynamic General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers.
It is hard to imagine what NJCJI would be without Alida. 2016 marks our 10th year of advocating for a civil justice system that treats all parties fairly and discourages lawsuit abuse, and we are doing so more effectively than ever thanks in a large part to Alida’s work.
As NJCJI’s voice in the State House, Alida has become known as an outspoken advocate for fairness and equal justice for all, which she is determined should include the business community. She has developed a reputation for being the go-to expert on what legal impact pending legislation will have on the business community. NJCJI has also expanded its work in the courts under Alida’s influence.
Alida will be recognized as a finalist during an awards breakfast and ceremony on May 19, which will be held at The Palace at Somerset Park. The award winners will be announced at the ceremony.
Each year the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute hosts an event designed to bring policymakers together with members of the legal and business communities in order to foster a greater understanding of the impact our state’s legal climate has on economic development. This year, Ciattarelli will discuss his work in the Assembly and his plans for the future of our state.
NJCJI members, lawmakers and government officials, business leaders, and lawyers are invited to register to attend this event, which is being held on March 30, from Noon-1:30 PM, at the Trenton Country Club.
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute has filed an amicus brief in a class action brought by consumers who claim a restaurant’s failure to clearly post prices in the menu on all drink items violates New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (TCCWNA). NJCJI has been spearheading the effort to reform both the Consumer Fraud Act and the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act, so we are very interested in what the court will do with this case and a similar case where the court will decide whether “charging different prices for the same beverage, depending upon where in the restaurant the beverage was served” can be the basis of a CFA and TCCWNA class action. Continue reading