Happy New Year! It is an exciting time for NJDA. During the past six months, we have achieved many milestones. We have had record-breaking attendance at our seminars, we have sought and have been granted leave to appear as amicus curiae in more cases in one year than ever before, we have new members at all stages of their careers who practice in various areas, and several new sponsors. There is a buzz about NJDA, and it’s because of you. Thank you to our membership for taking advantage of all NJDA has to offer, and for telling your friends and colleagues to do so as well.

As many of you know, NJDA hosts great networking events—we always have.

Access to a large network of defense attorneys is a key membership benefit. Our 2018 networking event will take place on April 19 at Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick. Share strategies with other defense attorneys who face similar issues in their cases, learn from others’ experience, expand your professional network, or just enjoy a night out with friends. I encourage all NJDA members to attend, and hope to see some new faces.

As promised, during my tenure, NJDA will do a few new things to raise our pro le within New Jersey’s legal community.
On May 17, NJDA will sponsor the Young Lawyers Luncheon at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meetingnin Atlantic City. Please join us to spread the word about how NJDA can help its members, particularly young lawyers, advance their careers.

Our substantive law committees will also undergo a few changes in 2018. To start, we will implement a four-position leadership slate on each committee: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Liaison to the Board. If you are interested in serving as a leader of any of these committees, please contact the committee Chair or reach out to me directly. A list of our substantive law committees and their Chairs are listed on NJDA’s website at www.njdefenseassoc.com/committees/. If you have additional ideas about how NJDA can help you fulfill your professional goals, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Finally, I must continue to share my excitement about our Annual Convention at the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY, from June 28 to July 1. We have an incredible lineup of speakers who will present a on a wide variety of topics, from defending  plaintiffs’ growing attempts to disguise non-economic damages as economic damages, to accident reconstruction, controlling your witness during cross-examination, construction liens, marijuana in the workplace, and more. The Annual Convention offers 6 CLE credits, including 1 Ethics credit. Our hotel room block is selling out quickly, and we have reserved an additional block at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Lake Placid to accommodate all members who would like to attend. To learn more and register, please visit www.njdefenseassoc.com/upcoming-events/2018/6/njda-52nd-annual-convention. We hope to see you there!

NJDA PRESIDENT
Natalie H. Mantell, Esq.

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Past NJDA Presidents

1966-1968
Fred W. Jung, Jr., Esq.
Chatham, NJ

1968-1969
Harry Lane, Jr., Esq.
Runnemede, NJ

1969-1970
James L. Cooper, Esq.
Atlantic City, NJ

1970-1971
Lewis P. Dolan, Jr., Esq.
Newton, NJ

1971-1972
James W. Hurley, Esq.
Plainfield, NJ

1972-1973
David A. Parker, Esq.
Mt. Holly, NJ

1973-1974
Gerald M. Gorrin, Esq.
East Orange, NJ

1974-1975
Alfred G. Morse
Orange, NJ

1975-1976
Bernard M. Powell, Esq.
Moorestown, NJ

1976-1977
Michael J. Cernigliaro, Esq.
Asbury Park, NJ

1977-1978
John J. Nooney, Esq.
Branchville, NJ

1978-1979
George B. Meyers
Newark, NJ

1979-1980
John J. O’Donnell, Esq.
Morristown, NJ

1980-1981
Robert H. Westphal
Orange, NJ

1981-1982
Francis H. Wolff, Esq.
Red Bank, NJ

1982-1983
Roger C. Steedle, Esq.
Absecon, NJ

1983-1984
William R. Powers, Jr., Esq.
Moorestown, NJ

1984-1985
Edward F. Garvey
Voorhees, NJ

1985-1986
William E. Frese, Esq.
Newark, NJ

1986-1987
J.R. Peter Wilson, Esq.
Denville, NJ

1987-1987
J. Lee Kimbrell, Esq.
West Orange, NJ

1987-1988
Leon B. Piechta, Esq.
West Orange, NJ

1988-1989
R. Scott Conant
Parsippany, NJ

1989-1990
Nicholas M. Briante
Fanwood, NJ

1990-1991
Thomas T. Chappell, Esq.
Montclair, NJ

1991-1992
Steven H. Isaacson, Esq.
Roseland, NJ

1992-1993
John L. White, Esq.
Woodbury, NJ

1993-1994
John R. Gercke, Esq.
Cherry Hill, NJ

1994-1995
James F. Ferguson, Esq.
Absecon, NJ

1995-1996
Edward H. Herman, Esq.
Princeton, NJ

1996-1997
Marie A. Carey, Esq.
Roseland, NJ

1997-1998
Stephen J. Foley, Jr., Esq.
Asbury Park, NJ

1998-1999
Charles P. Hopkins, II, Esq.
Shrewsbury, NJ

1999-2000
Bruce E. Helies, Esq.
Manasquan, NJ

2000-2001
George Sesso, Esq.
Parsippany, NJ

2001-2002
Brian R. O’Toole, Esq.
Whippany, NJ

2002-2003
Heidi Willis Currier, Esq.
Roseland, NJ

2003-2004
Thomas B. Hight, Esq.
Bloomfield, NJ

2004-2005
Philip R. Lezenby, Jr., Esq.
Cherry Hill, NJ

2005-2006
Linda Pissott Reig, Esq.
Morristown, NJ

2006-2007
Arthur F. Leyden, III, Esq.
Toms River, NJ

2007-2008
Michael J. Leegan, Esq.
Florham Park, NJ

2008-2009
Kevin J. DeCoursey, Esq.
Whippany, NJ

2009-2010
Joanne Vos, Esq.
Iselin, NJ

2010-2011
Joseph J. Garvey, Esq.
Toms River, NJ

2011-2012
Edward J. Fanning, Jr., Esq.
Newark, NJ

2012-2013
Mark A. Saloman, Esq.
Newark, NJ

2013-2014
Michele G. Haas, Esq.
New Brunswick, NJ

2014-2015
Mario J. Delano, Esq.
Asbury Park, NJ

2015-2016
Gregory F. McGroarty, Esq.
Warren, NJ

2016-2017
Chad M. Moore, Esq.
New Brunswick, NJ